Winner of the "Kerrang! Icon Award" at last night's (Thursday, June 13) Kerrang! Awards in London, England, bassist/vocalist Conrad "Cronos" Lant of British black metal pioneers VENOM spoke to Simon Young about the band's beginnings in Newcastle and what it's like to influence bands like METALLICA and the Norwegian black metal scene. Check out the chat below.VENOM's latest studio album, "Fallen Angels", was released in November 2011 via Spinefarm Records. Featuring 13 fresh recordings produced by Cronos, the follow-up to 2008's "Hell" release saw the trio (completed by guitarist Stuart "Rage" Dixon and drummer Danny "Danté" Needham) adopting a style highly redolent of classic early VENOM with modern studio technology employed only to increase the general level of nastiness. Said Cronos: "'Fallen Angels' is the result of a band that has spent nearly two years touring and growing as a unit, and as the band grows tighter, so the songs get better and heavier, and we instinctively know what each other is thinking, and the ideas flow easier. "This album is only the very start for this lineup; there will be many more albums and live shows to come for VENOM. "It has taken a long time and a lot of changes to finally deliver a VENOM that can attack black metal the way it should be — fast, furious, tight and terrifying. All hell breaks loose… hell fucking yeah!!!!!"