Venom Inc.

Formed as Venom in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom’s first two albums – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (1981) and ‘Black Metal’ (1982) – are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal sub-genre: black metal.