Venom Inc // Ronnie James Dio Stage // BOA22 // Sunday 14th August 2022

Venom Inc

Heading to the stage next are Venom Inc with some black metal. These guys change the pace of the day with their darker tone while still keeping the energy up. The band seem ready to have a good time and while a string is being changed, they engage and talk with the audience in a way that sounds like they are truly grateful to be playing to the crowd today. During their performance they use every inch of the stage as they bound around and the performance into a show. They are going hard and heavy (hence the broken string) and the crowd seem to be really enjoying the set.

The name VENOM is both loved and loathed in the metal world, but regardless of your take on the band they are known first and foremost as the pioneers of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalised 1989 – 1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray have returned with a monster of an album, It’s a reunion that was unexpected at the outset – even by the band members themselves – but the end result after getting their collective legs back is an album that trueVENOM fans will gladly add to the top of their playlists.

VENOM INC. was born on April 24th, 2015 at the annual Keep It True Festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. Mantas and Dolan were focused on M:PIRE OF EVIL, having invested years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears in recording and touring to keep the band alive. An offer to play Keep It True was accompanied by a request to have Abaddon – who would be in attendance – join the band during the set to perform some VENOM classics as a treat for the fans. Mantas and Abaddon hadn’t spoken in almost two decades, leaving Dolan to try and make the epic reunion a reality. The on-stage reunion was a rousing success amongst VENOM fans and music industry personnel alike. Many industry people thought it was smart the way M:PIRE OF EVIL presumably changed their name toVENOM INC. because their performance had been brilliant when in fact it was only done for fun. Dolan received numerous show offers for VENOM INC. from booking agents from Asia, Europe and South America who had seen the live footage online. What started as a reunion to celebrate VENOM’s history turned into VENOM INC.