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...Tear Your Soul Apart Album
  1. School Daze
  2. Bursting Out
  3. The Ark
  4. Civilized
  5. Angel Dust
  6. Hell Bent For Leather
At War with Satan Album
  1. At War With Satan
  2. Rip Ride
  3. Genocide
  4. Cry Wolf
  5. Stand Up And Be Counted
  6. Women,Leather And Hell
Beauty And The Beast Album
  1. Black Xmas
  2. The Chanting Of The Priests
  3. Metal Punk
  4. Under A Spell
  5. Calm Before The Storm
  6. Fire
  7. Krakin Up
  8. Beauty And The Beast
  9. Deadline
  10. Gypsy
  11. Muscle
Black Metal Album
  1. Black Metal
  2. To Hell And Back
  3. Buried Alive
  4. Raise The Dead
  5. Leave Me In Hell
  6. Sacrifice
  7. Heavens On Fire
  8. Countess Bathory
Black Reign Album
  1. Civilized
  2. Die Hard
  3. In Nomine Satanas
  4. Countess Bathory
  5. Harder Than Ever
  6. Welcome To Hell
  7. Carniverous (Live)
  8. Angel Dust
  9. Teachers Pet
  10. School Daze
  11. Buried Alive
  12. Blood Lust
  13. Black Metal
  14. Blackened Are The Priests
  15. Prime Evil
  16. Bursting Out
  17. Witching Hour
Buried Alive Album
  1. Welcome To Hell
  2. Bursting Out
  3. Countess Bathory
  4. Skeletal Dance
  5. Civilized
  6. Megalomania
  7. Black Metal
  8. Buried Alive
  9. Blackened Are The Priests
  10. Faerie Tale
  11. Die Hard
  12. Carnivorous
  13. Angel Dust
  14. Playtime
  15. Hell Bent For Leather
  16. Clarisse
  17. Speed King
  18. Temples Of Ice
  19. Witching Hour
  20. Teachers Pet
  21. Prime Evil
  22. Harder Than Ever
  23. School Daze
Calm Before The Storm Album
  1. Black Xmas
  2. The Chanting Of The Priests
  3. Metal Punk
  4. Under A Spell
  5. Calm Before The Storm
  6. Fire
  7. Krakin Up
  8. Beauty And The Beast
  9. Deadline
  10. Gypsy
  11. Muscle
Cast In Stone Album
  1. The Evil One
  2. Raised In Hell
  3. All Devils Eve
  4. Bleeding
  5. Destroyed & Damned
  6. Domus Mundi
  7. Flight Of The Hydra
  8. Mortals
  9. Infectious
  10. Kings Of Evil
  11. Judgement Day
  12. Swarm
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Live) Album
  1. Intro
  2. Too Loud (For The Crowd)
  3. 7 Gates of Hell
  4. Leave Me In Hell
  5. Nightmare
  6. Countess Bathory
  7. Die Hard
  8. Schitzo
  9. Guitar Solo Mantas
  10. In Nomine Satanas
  11. Witching Hour
  12. Black Metal
  13. The Chanting Of The Priests
  14. Satanachist
  15. Fly Trap
  16. Warhead
  17. Buried Alive
  18. Love Amongst The Dead
  19. Bass Solo Cronos
  20. Bloodlust
From Heaven To The Unknown Album
  1. Welcome To Hell
  2. Witching Hour
  3. Angel Dust
  4. Red Light Fever
  5. Black Metal
  6. Buried Alive
  7. Teachers Pet
  8. Countess Bathory
  9. Dont Burn The Witch
  10. Rip Ride
  11. Cry Wolf
  12. Women Leather And Hell
  13. Satanachrist
  14. Possessed
  15. Hellchild
  16. Mystique
  17. Too Loud (For The Crowd)
  18. In League With Satan
  19. Live Like An Angel (Die, Like A Devil)
  20. Blood Lust
  21. In Nomine Satanas
  22. Die Hard
  23. Acid Queen
  24. Bursting Out
  25. Warhead
  26. Lady Lust
  27. Seven Gates Of Hell
  28. Manitou
  29. Dead Of The Night
  30. Hounds Of Hell
  31. Sadist (Mistress Of The Whip)
  32. Black Metal
Greatest Hits And More Album
  1. Harder Than Ever
  2. Skeletal Dance
  3. Speed King
  4. Welcome To Hell
  5. Blackened Are The Priests
  6. Playtime
  7. Carnivorous
  8. Die Hard
  9. Hell Bent For Leather
  10. Bursting Out
  11. Prime Evil
  12. Black Metal
  13. Megalomania
  14. Faerie Tale
  15. Civilized
  16. Clarisse
  17. Temples Of Ice
  18. Angel Dust
  19. Teachers Pet
  20. Witching Hour
  21. Angel Dust
  22. Raise The Dead
  23. Red Light Fever
  24. Buried Alive
  25. Witching Hour
  26. Black Metal
  27. Countess Bathory (Live)
  28. One Thousand Days In Sodom (Live)
  29. Warhead
  30. Manitou
  31. Under A Spell
  32. Nothing Sacred
  33. Dead Love
  34. Welcome To Hell
  35. At War With Satan (Demo)
  36. Prime Evil
In Memorium Album
  1. Angel Dust
  2. Raise The Dead
  3. Red Light Fever
  4. Buried Alive
  5. Witching Hour
  6. At War With Satan
  7. Warhead
  8. Manitou
  9. Under A Spell
  10. Nothing Sacred
  11. Dead Love
  12. Welcome To Hell
  13. Black Metal
  14. Countess Bathory
  15. One Thousand Days In Sodom
  16. Prime Evil
Kissing The Beast Album
  1. Cursed
  2. Need To Kill
  3. In Memory Of (Paul Miller 1964-90)
  4. Wolverine
  5. Arachnid
  6. Crucified
  7. Into The Fire
  8. Riddle Of Steel
  9. Shadow King
  10. Trinity MCMXLV 0530
  11. Black Legions
  12. Parasite
  13. Acid
  14. Tribes
  15. Even In Heaven
  16. Kissing The Beast
  17. Live Like An Angel (Die, Like A Devil)
  18. Welcome To Hell
  19. Bursting Out
  20. Countess Bathory
  21. Black Metal
  22. Buried Alive
  23. Die Hard
  24. Angel Dust
  25. Witching Hour
  26. Teachers Pet
  27. School Daze
  28. In Nomine Satanas
  29. Blood Lust
  30. Hell Bent For Leather
  31. Speed King
Live 1996 Album
  1. Seven Gates Of Hell
  2. Welcome To Hell
  3. In Nomine Satanas
  4. Black Metal
  5. The Evil One
New, Live & Rare Album
  1. Harder Than Ever
  2. Skeletal Dance
  3. Speed King
  4. Welcome To Hell
  5. Blackened Are The Priests
  6. Playtime
  7. Carnivorous
  8. Die Hard
  9. Hell Bent For Leather
  10. Bursting Out
  11. Prime Evil
  12. Black Metal
  13. Megalomania
  14. Faerie Tale
  15. Civilized
  16. Clarisse
  17. Temples Of Ice
  18. Angel Dust
  19. Teachers Pet
  20. Witching Hour
Official Bootleg Live Album
  1. Leave Me In Hell
  2. Countess Bathory
  3. Die Hard
  4. Seven Gates Of Hell
  5. Buried Alive
  6. Dont Burn The Witch
  7. In Nomine Satanas
  8. Welcome To Hell
  9. Warhead
  10. Stand Up And Be Counted
  11. Blood Lust
Old, New, Borrowed And Blue Album
  1. Countess Bathory
  2. Skeletal Dance
  3. Speed King
  4. Welcome To Hell
  5. Playtime
  6. Die Hard
  7. Clarisse
  8. Hell Bent For Leather
  9. Prime Evil
  10. Teachers Pet
  11. School Daze
  12. Faerie Tale
  13. Megalomania
  14. Temples Of Ice
  15. Witching Hour
Possessed Album
  1. Powerdrive
  2. Flytrap
  3. Satanachist
  4. Burn This Place (to the Ground)
  5. Harmony Dies
  6. Possessed
  7. Hellchild
  8. Moonshine
  9. Suffer Not The Children
  10. Voyeur
  11. Mystique
  12. Too Loud (For The Crowd)
Prime Evil Album
  1. Prime Evil
  2. Parasite
  3. Blackened Are The Priests
  4. Carnivorous
  5. Skeletal Dance
  6. Megalomania
  7. I Agree
  8. Harder Than Ever
  9. Into The Fire
  10. School Daze
  11. Live Like An Angel (Die, Like A Devil)
Resurrection Album
  1. Resurrection
  2. Vengeance
  3. War Against Christ
  4. All There Is Fear
  5. Pain
  6. Pandemonium
  7. Loaded
  8. Firelight
  9. Black Flame (Of Satan)
  10. Control Freak
  11. Disbeliever
  12. Man Myth & Magic
  13. Thirteen
  14. Leviathan
Skeletons In The Closet Album
  1. Tour Into Tape (83/84) / Welcome To Hell (Remix)
  2. Black Metal (Remix)
  3. Hounds Of Hell
  4. At War With Satan (T.D. Adverts)
  5. At War With Satan (Full Re-Edited Version)
  6. Possessed (Remix)
  7. Sadist (Mistress Of The Whip)
  8. Manitou (Abbey Road Uncut Mix)
  9. Angel Dust
  10. Raise The Dead
  11. Red Light Fever
Temples of Ice Album
  1. Tribes
  2. Even In Heaven
  3. Trinity MCMXLV 0530
  4. I Menory Of (Paul Miller 1964-90)
  5. Faerie Tale
  6. Playtime
  7. Acid
  8. Arachnid
  9. Speed King
  10. Temples Of Ice
The Collection Album
  1. Temples Of Ice
  2. Tribes
  3. Arachnid
  4. Speed King
  5. Even In Heaven
  6. Prime Evil
  7. Parasite
  8. Harder Than Ever
  9. Wolverine
  10. Shadow King
  11. Riddle Of Steel
  12. Kissing The Beast
  13. Welcome To Hell
  14. Countess Bathory
  15. Black Metal
  16. Teachers Pet
The Court Of Death Album
  1. Cursed
  2. Need To Kill
  3. In Memory Of (Paul Miller 1964-90)
  4. Wolverine
  5. Arachnid
  6. Crucified
  7. Live Like An Angel (Die, Like A Devil)
  8. Into The Fire
  9. Riddle Of Steel
  10. Shadow King
  11. Trinity MCMXLV 0530
  12. Black Legions
  13. Parasite
  14. Acid
  15. Tribes
  16. Even In Heaven
  17. Kissing The Beast
The Singles 80-86 Album
  1. In League With Satan
  2. Live Like An Angel
  3. Blood Lust
  4. In Nomine Satanas
  5. Die Hard
  6. Acid Queen
  7. Bursting Out
  8. Warhead
  9. Seven Gates Of Hell
  10. Lady Lust
  11. Manitou
  12. Dead Of The Night
  13. Woman
  14. FOAD
  15. Satanachist
  16. Nightmare
The Waste Lands Album
  1. Cursed
  2. Black Legions
  3. Riddle Of Steel
  4. Need To Kill
  5. Kissing The Beast
  6. Crucified
  7. Shadow King
  8. Wolverine
  9. Clarisse
Welcome to Hell Album
  1. Sons Of Satan
  2. Welcome To Hell
  3. Schizo
  4. Poison
  5. Live Like An Angel (Die Like a Devil)
  6. Witching Hour
  7. One Thousand Days in Sod
  8. Angel Dust
  9. In League With Satan
  10. Red Light Fever
This is by no means Venom's complete history.Just some facts.Few is known about Venom unfortunately.


Wind swept Newcastle,England 1979 was a bleak landscape and there dwelled one Conrad Lant,known as Cronos,singing and handling bass duties;one Jeff Dunn,known as Mantas,playing guitar,and one Tony Bray ,known as Abaddon on drums.


They were unsettled with the metal scene.The hardest bands around were Motorhead and Judaspriest but something more was needed.Who would take metal to its next (il)logical stage of development?They always say if noone is providing what you want get on with it yourself.This then,is precisely what the unholy alliance of Lant/Dunn/Bray proposed to do.


Actually Venom started as a 5 member band called Oberon .Abaddon and Mantas met at a JudasPriest gig and decided to make a band.The whole idea was Mantas':he worked as a roadie in concerts and also he was into motorcycles where he had the nickname Venom .Cronos went to Venom as a guitarist. However when Mantas wrote Live Like An Angel,Die Like A Devil he asked Cronos to sing it.Everyone liked it then.At the same time Abaddon had arranged to play to a club but there was noone to play bass since the bass player had quit to wed.So Cronos thought he should try playing the bass since he saw that playing the basic notes wasn't that hard.Everyone liked it and the band remained that way.


Venom's debut was terrifying:First of all the cover of the album.Up until then the only band that mentioned Satan was Black Sabbath.Venom thought that Sabbath were too "light" though.So they released this shocking,for the time, cover...To the music now things got even worse...Venom were certainly the heaviest band on the planet.Many people thought it was just noise and not music.The production was not good in their first album but it is a minor detail in Venom's music.What counted most was the atmosphere.


Welcome To Hell was a tremendous success,it was one of the Top 10 albums of 1981.When others were releasing "mild" songs ,Venom released Welcome To Hell and spread havoc.Noone could believe his ears.Everything seemed just so heavy,evil,trully black.


And that's how they came up next year with one of the best metal albums ever: Black Metal. I can't say anything about this album,and the first one of course.They are metal masterpieces ,every metal fan must have them.Super classic songs,performed millions of times by newer bands,they set a totally new pace in metal music.The music itself was exactly what the title said:black metal.Blackness,darkness,evilness,hatred...Their music had it all.Everything contributed to this from Abaddon's fast and passionate drums(aka 125 Intercity),Mantas' riffs and Cronos' bass and angry vocals.


At that time Venom were at the top of the world along with another important NWOBHM band: Iron Maiden .In 1984 they released At War With Satan .This album had something unique:a 21 minute song!The first side of the album was taken over by "At War With Satan". No other metal tracks were so long in duration at that time.Even today it remains the biggest thrash metal song.


Venom started touring... They are well known about their gigs.As Mantas said in a concert once:"If you wanna hear Venom,go home and listen to your fuckin'LP's cos tonight you are gonna get one and a half hours of pure fuckin'mayhem..."
And this reflects the truth...When Venom hit the stage they literally exploded in your face with dozens of bombs going off before they had even played the first note.To get an idea of how a Venom concert is here is what a Security Guard from The Paramount Theatre said:"I thought i'd seen it all in 'Nam.But this band scare me more than anything i've experienced before.I'll not go on that stage for anything.The whole audience can invade but i'm staying put."


1986 came with many good bands with good albums such as Slayer with Reign In Blood and Metallica with Master Of Puppets.Venom released Possessed in 1986.However it was difficult for the band to face the competition of the previous two bands. These two bands were the best in the metal scene at that time.Possessed however wasn't as succesful as the previous albums,and that's a shame to my opinion as all of its songs are awesome.Venom realised what had gone wrong with Possessed and decided to rectify all.So they recorded a new album called Deadline that featured 10 Possessed type songs,but it was never released.At that time Mantas left and decided to follow a solo carrier and at then everyone thought that this would be the end of Venom.


Here begins the complexed part:Abaddon and Cronos didn't want to ruin Venom,so they found an American and a local guitarist, Mike Hickey and Jimmy Clare,and did Calm Before The Storm in 1987.It was a good album and Mantas wrote some of the songs.It sounded strange however:the songs didn't sound very "Venom".Of course you knew it whose it was when you listened to it,but it bore little resemblance to the older albums.But the worst part is that after that Cronos left with the two guitarists leaving Abaddon on his own.Cronos followed a "solo" carrier releasing albums under the name "Cronos".Abaddon however made clear that he wanted to keep the name Venom.


So in 1989,Mantas returned and along with Al Barnes on guitar and Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan from Atomkraft on vocals and bass guitar.At that time the band was also reffered to (unofficially of course) as Venom MKII .They recorded Prime Evil in 1989,a very good album,but to my opinion Dolan wasn't as good as Cronos,his typical wild angry(classic Venom) voice was gone.In fact Cronos said that he listened to "Harder Than Ever" once and he thought that Dolan was saying in the riff "I ain't Cronos,I ain't Cronos".And i think this is the truth.Maybe Dolan was a good singer but he wasn't the appropriate for Venom.After the release of Prime Evil they started doing some small warm up gigs in small clubs under the name Sons Of Satan (the first track on Welcome To Hell). The band recorded two other albums Temples Of Ice and Waste Lands plus an EP Tear Your Soul Apart


The band didn't release any other albums until in 1996 Cronos came back to Venom,something that made their fans and the Legions extremely happy.
What happened actually was that everyone felt it was time for a reunion,and in contrary to what many people think,Dolan was probably the biggest Venom fan ever.Something that proves this is the fact that he left the group cause he thought that this way the band would return to its old glorious days.Dolan is happy that Venom are reunited in the original format and they have such a huge success.This proves that he is the biggest Venom fan,and that he trully cares about the band.


The band performed some concerts like Dynamo'96 and then started touring in sevral countries including Greece,and next year they released their new album Cast In Stone. 1999 dawns a very promising and exciting year for the band as they will release their new album on Easter,and also this year is Venom's 20th anniversary.



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