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Venom is a metal band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 1979.

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 an extreme metal subgenre: black metal.

Venom's original personnel came from three different… read more

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  • Avatar for RiffM4chine Venom influences are all over the place, since this debut was released on 1984, I can't really agree with Quorthon, he was definitely influenced by the first two Venom albums and their styles. but he was a pioneer himself nonetheless and created his own sound which further shaped the second wave of BM.
  • Avatar for dark_wisdom
    v Again, debatable if you are putting Bathory in the "any single extreme metal band" sack. For me it is hard to believe venom didn't influence bathory at all, I mean, it seems pretty obvious, but for some reason Quorthon always denied any influence of venom in his work. Read this for more detailed info.
  • Avatar for RiffM4chine
    Venom has influenced any single extreme band to this date without a doubt.
  • Avatar for dark_wisdom
    "just listen to bathory first LP and youll see venom influence and riffs" This is debatable, since Quorthon always denied influences of venom in his work even though it seems he was influenced by it not only musically but lyrically too.
  • Avatar for ExtremeMetal92
    Secondly greatest metal band.fathers of extreme metal in general.
  • Avatar for RiffM4chine
    This band is the greatest thing happened to man.
  • Avatar for cookedbacon
    the greatest band of all time, who needs corpsepaint metal when there's venom!
  • Avatar for BME1982
    Old fan from Iran Empire \m/
  • Avatar for Chrilu
    You are right, man !
  • Avatar for AnaalForsage
    Much better than actual black metal

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