VENOM INC., the band featuring original VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Anthony "Abaddon" Bray (drums) alongside ex-VENOM bassist/vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, will join forces with U.S. death metal squad SUFFOCATION for a European tour in March-April 2018. Support will come from Brazilian thrashers NERVOSA and Canadian ethnic symphonic metallers AETERNAM.
"It is with immense pleasure I can finally announce a European tour as the continuation of our 'Blood Stained Earth Tour' in support of our new album 'Avé', out on Nuclear Blast," says Dolan. "Starting in the USA and through Canada, we continue through Europe. We have the great pleasure of joining forces with the incredible SUFFOCATION who I have admired and consider myself a great fan. This will be the show of shows; do not miss it! And as if they weren't enough, I have invited the incredible NERVOSA from Brazil to also be a part of this. I promise you the bleeding we all do will be 100% METAL! See you soon and hold on to your fucking seats! AVÉ!"
March 09 - Bristol - Bierkeller (UK)
March 10 - Manchester - Rebellion (UK)
March 11 - Glasgow - Audio (UK)
March 13 - London - Islington Academy (UK)
March 14 - Opwijk - Nosta (BE)
March 15 - Paris - Petit Bain (FR)
March 16 - Eindhoven - Dynamo* (NL)
March 17 - Hamburg - Kulturpalast (DE)
March 18 - Aarhus - VoxHall (DK)
March 19 - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset (DK)
March 20 - Mannheim - MS Connexion Complex (DE)
March 21 - Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark (DE)
March 22 - Brescia - Circolo Colony (IT)
March 23 - Bologna - Zona Roveri (IT)
March 24 - Graz - Explosiv (AT)
March 25 - Budapest - Barba Negra (HU)
March 26 - Cluj-Napoca - Form Space (RO)
March 27 - Vienna - Viper Room (AT)
March 28 - Kosice - Collosseum (SK)
March 29 - Prague - Nova Chmelnice (CZ)
* no SUFFOCATION
More dates will be announced soon.
VENOM INC.'s debut album, "Avé", was released on August 11 via Nuclear Blast.
VENOM INC. was born during an impromptu live set at 2015's Keep it True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The onstage 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.
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. 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."
VENOM INC. is not to be confused with the Conrad "Cronos" Lant-fronted version of VENOM, which is continuing to tour and make albums under the VENOM moniker. Joining Cronos in that group are Rage (a.k.a. Stuart Dixon) on guitar and Danté (a.k.a. Danny Needham) on drums.
Dunn, Bray and Dolan released three albums as VENOM between 1989 and 1992 — "Prime Evil" (1989), "Temples Of Ice" (1991) and "The Waste Lands" (1992).
The classic lineup of VENOM — Lant, Dunn and Bray — is often credited with kickstarting the whole black metal movement, but is more accurately seen an early example of extreme metal.
VENOM's second album, 1982's "Black Metal", was a major influence on on the early Norwegian black metal scene.
SUFFOCATION's latest album, "...Of The Dark Light", was released on June 9 via Nuclear Blast Records. The disc was produced by SUFFOCATION and tracked at Full Force Studios with longtime engineer Joe Cincotta (OBITUARY). Mixing and mastering was handled by world-renowned producer/engineer Chris "Zeuss" Harris (HATEBREED, ARSIS, SUICIDE SILENCE). Cover artwork was created by Colin Marks (ORIGIN, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, KATAKLYSM).