[[caption-width-right:277:[[Franchise/SpiderMan We are Venom]]![[note]]The classic line-up: Tony "Abaddon" Bray, Conrad "Cronos" Lant and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn.[[/note]]]]

->''"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 BlackMetal band. Their fast music was also very influential to the ThrashMetal 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)
* ''From the Very Depths'' (2015)

!!Tropes associated with the band:

* BloodBath: The song "Countess Bathory" from ''Black Metal'' is obviously about the TropeMaker, UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory, and makes mention of her bathing in blood.
* BuriedAlive: ''Black Metal'' has a song with the same title and theme.
* ChainsawGood: "Black Metal" kicks off with a sound of a chainsaw grinding on metal.
* CoverVersion: They have covered "[[Music/BlackSabbath Megalomania]]" and "[[Music/DeepPurple Speed King]]".
* DarkerAndEdgier: Venom was the first band to use heavily dark and satanic themes, compared to the other bands back in the day.
* DramaticWind: Music/BlackFlag singer Music/HenryRollins claims that band used portable fans to keep their hair flowing during their stage performances.
* EarlyBirdCameo: ''Black Metal'' had "preview version" of "At War With Satan".
* EpicRocking: "At War With Satan", which clocks at over 19 minutes. Also "Cursed" and "Damned & Destroyed".
* FilkSong: "Clarisse" from ''The Waste Lands'' is based on ''Litrerature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
%%* FracturedFairyTale: "Faerie Tale" from ''Temples of Ice''.
* GenrePopularizer: They were highly influential to the BlackMetal scene, along with Music/{{Bathory}}. ''Welcome to Hell'' is also claimed to be the first Thrash Metal album.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Starting in the early 90's, lots of them are released between every album.
* HeavyMeta: "Black Metal", "Too Loud (For the Crowd)".
* HotForStudent: Their [[IntercourseWithYou raunchier]] songs "Teacher's Pet" and "Skool Daze" share this theme.
* IAmTheBand: 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''.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Poison", "Red Light Fever", "Teacher's Pet", "Voyeur", "Skool Daze", "Playtime".
* LeadBassist: Cronos is Types B and C.
* LighterAndSofter: Mantas' first solo album, which was more melodic offering and featured syntherizers.
* MadLibMetalLyrics: Just about every song.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: A fairly solid 8.
* NightmareDreams: "Nightmare", both the song and its music video.
* OopNorth: Interviews reveal unmistakably [[NorthEastEngland Geordie]] accents.
* PowerTrio: Except during the first half of the 90s.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Arguable TropeMaker for HeavyMetal as a whole (There were others before them, like Music/BlackSabbath and Music/{{ACDC}}, that sang about the devil, [[UnbuiltTrope but they were nowhere near as enthusiastic about it]]).
* StageNames: [[TropeMaker Venom made them a staple for]] the BlackMetal genre.
* StartMyOwn: Singer Cronos and guitarist Mantas both had their own solo projects.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the bands lack of musical ability.
* TitleByNumber: "Thirteen", the [[CaptainObvious thirteenth track]] of ''Resurrection''.
* ToHellAndBack: The name and theme of track 2 of ''Black Metal''.
* [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]][=/=][[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]: ''Black Metal''. However, their music is much closer to ThrashMetal.
** UnbuiltTrope: For starters, they didn't take the Satanic themes seriously, unlike plenty of BlackMetal bands to follow. Otherwise, ThreeChordsAndTheTruth 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 HarshVocals (Venom's vocals don't sound all that harsh today, but they must have compared to what else was big in HeavyMetal at the time) and the noisy, trebly guitar sound. But they're sill a LOT less intense than anything considered BlackMetal today.
*** The "dirtiness" of the riffing and general punkishness of the sound also proved to be very, very influential to crust punk and arguably helped shape the genre more than even Motorhead, Crass, and Discharge.
* UrExample: Many people believe ''Welcome to Hell'' to be the world's first ThrashMetal album.
** The band itself was this for the First Wave of BlackMetal and, as a result, of BlackMetal as a whole.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Song titles "Skool Daze" and "Krackin' Up".