from Wikipedia: Venom are an English heavy metal band that formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. 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.
I discovered Venom in 1984 while rummaging through the “metal” section of Strawberries Records and Tapes (before I came upon Al Bum’s and then Newbury Comics, in that chronological order). Even if you were to have given that section a passing glance, it would have been hard to miss The Unholy Three’s album covers, clearly pandering to the en vogue invocation of Satanic imagery prevalent during the first half of the 1980s. I was 16 and hooked. They were like an evil Motörhead tapping into KISS stageshow sensibilities filtered through their own brand of drunken British tomfoolery. And while certainly not the most talented blokes, what they lacked in musical acumen they more than made up for in pure teenage rebel catharsis. Of course, it took a while for Americans to really find out about them as they were banned from playing a lot of places here (they even made it to the PMRC’s Filthy Fifteen List) and the U.S. music media weren’t exactly saving page space for them. Thanks to my subscription to the UK-published and then-metal magazine, Kerrang!, I got my fill of Venom as well as bands I wouldn’t have otherwise found until much later on, which felt like having a membership to a secret club, or a knower of hidden knowledge. Needless to say, my buddies and I sent a lot of money to Europe to attain these “rare finds.” (Meanwhile, my English penpal is filling her letters with tales of numerous weekly club concerts and regular TV appearances of these bands.) It was the before time, previous to the Internet as we know it, which would bring us all… well… everything.
So, ladies and gentlemen. From the very depths of Hell, I bring you… VENOM!