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Hard Venom

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Hard Venom was first formed in 1997. It had too many members, half of which couldn’t play their instruments properly. By 1999 they’d given up. In 2003, Pukovnik Krv (guitarist in the original band) revived the name alongside new partner-in-crime Captain Epic. Without any genre in mind they started writing anything they felt like. Eventually they wrote a couple of songs, and went and recorded it with Attila, alumni of Tokyo Blade, Shogun, Mad Cow Disease and current member of Legions of Crows. Alan Marsh (Tokyo Blade) also put vocals on Medusa.

Eventually it was released online as Anger of a Nation, Doom To Us All, because they couldn’t find a local printer to actually make copies of it.

Due to the long wait between the EP and the first album, Krv decided to release The Perks of Being In Office as a single.

The first full-length was a concept album, called A Brief Repose Amidst The Screams Of Torture, which had about ten similar themes all running through one narrative to conclude in the same ending. Song-wise and lyric-wise, it was good. However, it was decided to record it on Protools, without Attila’s help, and without a clue how to work Protools, and using a 6-pad hand kit for drums, the recording quality was dreadful. Some of it will eventually be re-recorded.

Afterwards they teamed up with fellow British band Adalruna to release The Broken Swords of Despotic Villainy. This was made up of a load of songs from the EP and album, mostly black metal in style. It was limited to 100 copies from Lokisson. However, Lokisson proved to be a front for drug-dealers, so henceforth please try and find it online and pirate it.

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