VENOM INC. Discuss Signing To Nuclear Blast; Video Interview
June 16, 2017, 4 months ago
Last week, reincarnated forefathers of black metal, Venom Inc., revealed details about their upcoming full-length opus, Avé. Today, the band have revealed the first of several videos in a new interview series, featuring personal commentary from the band about the new album, the history of the band, the album art, and more.
Watch the first video in the series, in which the members of the band discuss signing to Nuclear Blast:
Regardless of your take on black metal forefathers Venom, they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 lineup of guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray have returned with a monster of an album.
After months of anticipation, Venom Inc. will release their upcoming full-length opus, entitled Avé, on August 11th via Nuclear Blast. Pre-orders for the new album are available now at this location.
The first single from Avé, entitled "Dein Fleisch", can be streamed below.
Venom Inc. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015's Keep it True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The on-stage reunion was a rousing success amongst Venom fans and music industry personnel alike, and although it was originally only set up for fun, Dolan began receiving numerous show offers for Venom Inc. from booking agents around the world. What started as a live set to celebrate Venom's legacy immediately turned into a serious reunion discussion. The rest is history.
While unexpected at the outset, the end result of this reunion is an album that true Venom fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists. Vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says, "We tried to shape Avé so that it comes at you dark, then it gets bright and heavy and just keeps growing into some kind of monster."
“Forged In Hell”
“Metal We Bleed”
“Time To Die”
“The Evil Dead”
“I Kneel To No God”
“Black N Roll”
Going in to writing Avé, Venom Inc. realized their live performance was the key to creating an album that would be a metal classic. It was clear that any songs the trio came up with had to have the intensity, the honesty and the aggression that was happening for Venom Inc. in a live situation. Simply put, they needed to translate what they do on stage onto a record. Not once did they look back on the Venom catalogue and think, "We have to write another Black Metal or another Schizo... The focus is on Venom Inc. and everything the rejuvenated three-piece do in the here and now.
Dolan adds, "Expect 100% pure, honest, solid, hard, dark, thought-provoking metal... like it was, is and forever shall be. Classic old-school, but with the ferocity and energy that we display in our live show. We are proud of this album and our new home at Nuclear Blast, as well as our whole team - management, PR, agents, sponsors and most of all, YOU. Thank you! See you somewhere on this Blood Stained Earth!"
Venom Inc. will kick off their upcoming Blood Stained Earth headline tour, featuring support from Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence, on September 1st. Tickets for each date of the Blood Stained Earth tour are on sale today.
Exclusive Venom Inc. meet & greet packages are available with limited availability - for details head to this location.
In addition to the tour, Venom Inc. are set to perform dates in Europe throughout 2017, including stops at MetalDays Festival, Heavy Metal Cauldron and others. The band will perform classic Venom sets and new tracks. See below for all current performance dates:
24 - Sotocje, Slovenia - MetalDays Festival
29 - Thiesi, Sardinia, Italy - Bardaneris
5 - Lyon, France - Sylak Open Air
Blood Stained Earth Tour with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence:
1 - Philadelphia, PA - Voltage
2 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
3 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
4 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
5 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
7 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
8 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
9 - Cave In Rock, IL - Full Terror Metal Fest
10 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
13 - Spokane, WA - The Pin
14 - Seattle, WA - Studio 7
15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
20 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
21 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
22 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
23 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
24 - Austin, TX - Grizzly Hall
25 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
26 - New Orleans, LA - Parish at HOB
28 - Miami, FL - Churchill's
29 - Tampa, FL - Orpheum
30 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
1 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
2 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
3 - Special Venom Inc Bash
4 - Special Venom Inc Bash
Fall festival dates:
27 - Helsinki, Finland - Heavy Metal Cauldron
Venom Inc. is:
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn | guitars
Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan | bass, vocals
Anthony "Abaddon" Bray | drums
(Photo - Stephanie Cabral)