The classic line-up: Tony "Abaddon" Bray, Conrad "Cronos" Lant and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn.
Lay down your souls to the gods rock `n' roll!
— "Black Metal"
Venom is a metal band from the United Kingdom. To try and stand out from the other artists, they were the first metal band to introduce a highly satanic image and lyrical approach, thus becoming the very first First Wave of Black Metal
band. Their fast music was also very influential to the Thrash Metal
genre. Despite helping launch two of the most prominent genres of metal today, even in their most popular years they were criticized by some for their deliberately simplified music and lack of technical ability. However, they made up for that with enthusiasm and good showmanship.
- Welcome to Hell (1981)
- Black Metal (1982)
- At War With Satan (1983)
- Possessed (1985)
- Calm Before the Storm (1987, also known as Metal Punk and Beauty and the Beast)
- Prime Evil (1989)
- Temples of Ice (1991)
- The Waste Lands (1992)
- Cast in Stone (1997)
- Resurrection (2000)
- Metal Black (2006)
- Hell (2008)
- Fallen Angels (2011)
Tropes associated with the band:
- Blood Bath: The song "Countess Bathory" from Black Metal is obviously about the Trope Maker, Elizabeth Bathory, and makes mention of her bathing in blood.
- Buried Alive: Black Metal has a song with the same title and theme.
- Chainsaw Good: "Black Metal" kicks off with a chainsaw.
- Cover Version: They have covered "Megalomania" and "Speed King".
- Darker and Edgier: Venom was the first band to use heavily dark and satanic themes, compared to the other bands back in the day.
- Dramatic Wind: Black Flag singer Henry Rollins claims that band used portable fans to keep their hair flowing during theri stage performances.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Black Metal had "preview version" of "At War With Satan".
- Epic Rocking: "At War With Satan", which clocks at over 19 minutes. Also "Cursed" and "Damned & Destroyed".
- Filk Song: "Clarisse" from The Waste Lands is based on The Silence of the Lambs.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: "Faerie Tale" from Temples of Ice.
- Genre Popularizer: They were highly influential to the Black Metal scene, along with Bathory. Welcome to Hell is also claimed to be the first Thrash Metal album.
- Greatest Hits Album: Starting in the early 90's, lots of them are released between every album.
- Heavy Meta: "Black Metal", "Too Loud (For the Crowd)".
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Cronos has made guest appearances with Probot, Cradle Of Filth and HammerFall
- Hot for Student: Many of their raunchier songs share this theme.
- I Am the Band: At one point in the late eighties, drummer Abaddon was the only original member. Nowadays, Cronos has taken that position.
- Instrumentals: "Mayhem with Mercy" from Welcome to Hell, "Wing and a Prayer" from Possessed.
- Intercourse with You: "Poison", "Red Light Fever", "Teacher's Pet", "Voyeur", "Skool Daze", "Playtime".
- Lighter and Softer: Mantas' first solo album, which was more melodic offering and featured syntherizers.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The three albums made with Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan (Prime Evil, Temples of Ice and The Waste Lands) have long since gone out print and have not been re-released.
- Mad Lib Metal Lyrics: Just about every song.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A fairly solid 8.
- Nightmare Dreams: "Nightmare", both the song and its music video.
- Power Trio: Except during the first half of the 90s.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Arguable Trope Maker for Heavy Metal as a whole (There were others before them, like Black Sabbath and AC/DC, that sang about the devil, but they were nowhere near as enthusiastic about it).
- Stage Names: Venom made them stable for the Black Metal genre.
- Start My Own: Singer Cronos and guitarist Mantas both had their own solo projects.
- Three Chords and the Truth
- Title by Number: "Thirteen", the thirteenth track of Resurrection.
- To Hell and Back: The name and theme of track 2 of Black Metal.
- Trope Maker/Trope Namer: Black Metal. However, their music is much closer to Thrash Metal.
- Unbuilt Trope: For starters, they didn't take the Satanic themes seriously, unlike plenty of Black Metal bands to follow. Otherwise, Three Chords and the Truth and low sound quality are among the only things Venom and their modern successors have in common in terms of sound.
- There's also the Harsh Vocals (Venom's vocals don't sound all that harsh today, but they must have compared to what else was big in Heavy Metal at the time) and the noisy, trebly guitar sound. But they're sill a LOT less intense than anything considered Black Metal today.
- Ur Example: Many people believe Welcome to Hell to be the world's first Thrash Metal album.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: Song titles "Skool Daze" and "Krackin' Up".