Venom may not have singlehandedly invented black metal, but they indisputably gave it its name with their 1982 album, which was titled (wait for it…) Black Metal. The album made worldwide metal waves and soon the band, having been laughed off by every major label only a couple of years prior, were the fathers of a brand new underground genre.
Venom has undergone numerous lineup changes, breakups, resurrections, and assorted other dramas but have never quite matched the success of the Black Metal era. Nevertheless, the band is highly revered by hardcore metalheads and it’s impossible to count how many bands owe their existence in some way or another to Venom.
Now the English legends are set to return on January 27, 2015 with their 14th studio album From The Very Depths, which will be released through Spinefarm Records and also be available as an MP3 Download. The first single from the album is a classic Venom rager titled “Grinding Teeth.” Check it out here below.
Aside from obviously increased production values, the song would have sat comfortably right in the midst of the band’s classic early ’80s albums. It bodes very well for the album, which I will tell you more about as details emerge. Meanwhile, crank up “Grinding Teeth” and rock out like it’s 1982.
Venom’s most recent line-up consists of original member singer/bassist Cronos, guitarist Rage, and drummer Dante, all of whom are currently sailing the high seas as one of the 60 acts on the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise, where they were scheduled to perform the entire new album live.