In addition to a score of tours to see this year there are also some incredible album celebrations being done. This one by Venom just arrived early in the wee hours and I am sharing it with you now.
The Press Release:
Venom formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. 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 the extreme metal subgenre of black metal. The band classic line-up trio of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon recorded two further studio albums ‘At War With Satan’ (1984) and ‘Possessed’ (1985) and live album ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ (1986). Often cited by bands such as Metallica, Behemoth, Celtic Frost and Mayhem as major influences, they are one of the most revered bands of their generation. Venom are still fronted by original singer/bassist Cronos and headline festivals all over the globe and continue to release new music.
This coming May 31st sees the release of ‘In Nomine Satanas’ via BMG – a deluxe vinyl box set that celebrates Venom’s 40th anniversary and features the original Neat Records recordings from their 1981 debut ‘Welcome To Hell’ to ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik‘, the live recording of their mythical appearance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1985. All of the albums are remastered from the original tapes with embossed covers, posters and inserts like their original first editions. They’re all now on colour configured vinyl too. The set also includes a 12“ book detailing the history of the band featuring new interviews with all three members, written by respected journalist Dom Lawson.
“To me, Venom represent the start of a very important movement that has split into many more important movements. It was a revolution. After that moment, death metal, thrash metal, black metal and all these genres exploded and they all owe something to Venom.” Michel ‘Away’ Langevin (Voivod)
Of particular interest to hardcore Venom fans will be the ‘Sons Of Satan‘ double-album included within the set that features a treasure trove of unreleased demos from the bands vaults, some of which are mythical among fans who have known about their existence, but have never heard them as the tracks alluded bootleggers. Among the tracks are the earliest known Venom performances, captured where the band rehearsed in 1979 at Westgate Road Church Hall in Newcastle’s West End and featuring original singer Clive ‘Jesus Christ’ Archer on vocals. Also included are the £50 demos from 1980, captured at Impulse Studios, alongside further demos from 1980 and the ‘At War With Satan’ 1983 Impulse Studio demos.
“I didn’t know it back then because everything was fresh. We didn’t know what we were looking for, but when I heard Venom, that was it.” Jørn ‘Necrobutcher’ Stubberud (Mayhem)
‘In Nomine Satanas’ features in full:
4LPs and 2 x 2LP:
Welcome To Hell (Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)
Black Metal (Remastered from original tapes on swirl vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)
At War With Satan (Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproduction 6-page roll fold booklet and leather book effect cover.)
Possessed (Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster, insert and sleeve on mirror board.)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Pressed on half and half vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original gatefold and inserts.)
Bloodlust (Planchette shaped 7” picture disc single)
Sons Of Satan (New album of previously unreleased demos. Pressed on splatter vinyl. Gatefold cover)
12” x 12” book of the story of Venom written by renowned Heavy Metal journalist Dom Lawson from new interviews with Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon. Featuring previously unseen and rare photos and memorabilia.
90cm x 60cm 2 sided poster of ‘Seven Dates Of Hell’ tour poster.
Reproduction ‘Seven Dates Of Hell’ tour programme.
Venom’s legions back patch.
The first 300 orders from the official store will also receive a signed art card by Cronos.
Also available as an introduction piece is the ‘In Nomine Satanas – The Neat Anthology’ – a 22-track double-vinyl collection of Venom’s most evil songs, remastered and pressed on splatter vinyl, including rare photos and memorabilia from the band’s personal collection, plus interviews with the band.
And for the non-vinyl collectors, there will also be a 43 track 2CD version, housed in a mediabook, that also includes two unreleased tracks.
It’s a good time to be a Venom fan. Welcome to hell.
Pre-order the set at: https://venomlegions.lnk.to/INSBoxPR
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Truth be told I wasn’t listening to Venom back in the day and really took my time ever giving their music a chance. During their heyday I felt this was just a bit too much for me, but over time I realized that I enjoyed a whole bunch of songs from their catalog. Sadly, I only was able to catch them in concert once and it was not the original lineup. For those of you readers interested in leafing back through the sands of time in PiercingMetal history, just click HERE to see that legacy report. So since I am not the biggest vinyl collector, I need to defer to those readers who are and see what they think about this looming release. What I’d like is to find happening over time is a solid remastering for CD collectors. As one of those, I’d gladly add them to my library and the context of our review catalog. If you were among the diehards of the Venom Legions, please let me know what you think of this anniversary issue. You can do that down in the comments section. See you next time.