"Venom" is a black/speed metal band, formed in late 1978, in Gateshead, a town near Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Influenced by rock and heavy metal acts such as Judas Priest, The Sex Pistols, KISS and Motörhead, Venom created a sound as well as an image that would be a big influence to early death, black, and thrash metal bands at the time, and the pioneers of the genre of black metal. Mayhem, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Death, Testament, Hellhammer, Exodus, Eudoxis and Morbid Angel cite Venom as a major influence. Though musically they are more closely related to speed metal, it was their lyrical topics and harsher vocals which separated them from other bands at the time (usually dealing with Satan and Hell and other "black" topics). Their first two records, ''Welcome to Hell'' in 1981 and ''Black Metal'' in 1982, set the bar for black metal to follow. The original members went by the pseudonyms Cronos, Mantas, and Abaddon.
Venom was formed when the band Guillotine renamed themselves in 1979. Originally, they featured Jeffrey Dunn on guitar, Dave Blackman on vocals, Dave Rutherford on second guitar, Dean Hewitt on bass guitar, and Chris Mercaters on drums. ...
|years active||1979 – present|
|music genre||Thrash MetalSpeed MetalBlack Metal|
|current members||Antton Cronos Mykvs|
|past members||Mantas Abbadon|