Venomous Concept

Sort of an extreme metal and punk supergroup, Venomous Concept (the name itself is an homage to the band Poison Idea) were started by Brutal Truth vocalist Kevin Sharp and Napalm Death guitarist Shane Embury in 2004. Sharp and Embury had bonded over beer, pizza, and their love of such punk icons as Black Flag and the aforementioned Poison Idea, and soon were plotting their own assault on the style. The pair roped in Danny Lilker and Danny Herrera of Brutal Truth on bass and drums, respectively, and Buzz Osborne of the Melvins on guitar. Venomous Concept soon got a deal with Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings, which, being the label of the Melvins, was an obvious choice. Their first album, 2004's Retroactive Abortion, was followed by a pair of split releases in 2006 (an album) and 2008 (a split with Blood Duster). Osborne eventually left the outfit, but Venomous Concept soldiered on, and in 2008 released their sophomore full-length, Poisoned Apple. Kick Me Silly: VC III, the band's long awaited third studio long player and first outing for Season of Mist, dropped in January, 2016.

~ Chris True

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