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Venom Inc.

Michelle Claire Woolnough

Venom Inc., Necrophagia, Crusader, Spare Change 

When: Mon., Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $30
English extreme-metal pioneers Venom tore the world apart with their second record, 1982’s landmark Black Metal. That ode to satanism and violence takes the Black Sabbath formula and cranks up the speed and piles on the grime. Their deranged, demonic speed metal had bands like Slayer and Darkthrone bowing at their altar as the group helped draw the blueprint for the burgeoning American thrash-metal and Norwegian black-metal movements. They’re still around; in fact since their 1979 formation they’ve stopped playing only for a couple of years in the mid-90s—though every slot in the lineup has been switched out at least once. (The trio currently consists of original lead singer and bassist Conrad “Cronos” Lant and a couple of players who hopped on board in the mid-aughts.) But last spring, founding guitarist Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray joined forces with Atomkraft bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan (who initially replaced Cronos in the original Venom back in ’88 when the front man attempted a solo career) to create Venom Inc. The three tour, playing spirited sets of classic Venom, and now they’re even talking about working on a full-length of brand-new original material. Live footage shows that the band is killing it, conjuring evil spirits even without the legendary Cronos—who used to run his bass through Marshall stacks and supposedly modeled his vocal stylings after Ozzy’s terrified sound on “Black Sabbath.”
— Luca Cimarusti



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