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Album Review

Originally released in 1987, Calm Before the Storm (also known as Deadline) was the first Venom studio album following the departure of original guitarist Mantas. The main difference isn't so much in the sound — which is as crude as ever — as in the subject matter; the Satanic posturing has been greatly toned down in favor of general swords-and-sorcery and rock & roll themes. As such, it's not quite as over the top as early period Venom — one of the band's most important qualities — but it's worth checking out by more devoted fans.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and War

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A seminal influence on the evolution of thrash and black metal, Venom formed during the late '70s in Newcastle, England. Originally a five-piece group called Oberon, they eventually trimmed their lineup to a trio comprising singer/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant, guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, and drummer Tony "Abaddon" Bray. Influenced by the heavy intensity of Motörhead and the visual flash of Kiss, the newly rechristened Venom developed a dark, blistering sound that paved the way for the subsequent...
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