British black metal pioneers VENOM have cancelled their appearance at this year's Thrash Domination Fest 2006, which was scheduled to take place this weekend (September 16-17) in Kanagawa, Japan. According to posting on the band's web site, VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant was "taken ill and is under his doctor's orders to rest."

In addition to VENOM, Thrash Domination Fest 2006 was scheduled to include performances by DEATH ANGEL, SODOM, ONSLAUGHT and DRAGONLORD.

VENOM recently completed a short North American tour, dubbed the "American 10 Commandments Tour", in support of its latest CD, "Metal Black". The album was released in North America on April 4 via Sanctuary Records. The CD was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs.

VENOM recently recorded a session for the BBC at London's Maida Vale studios. The session, which was broadcast on Radio 1 on April 11 during Mike Davies' "Rock Show", marked the second BBC recording by VENOM since 1985, when they laid down four tracks for Tommy Vance's "Friday Rock Show".


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