Former Venom Drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray Diagnosed With Lymphoma

Anthony “Abaddon” Bray (ex-Venom) has sadly been diagnosed with lymphoma. The drummer is currently undergoing treatment for the disease.

Bray issued the following statement:

I noticed a mass growing on the side of my neck in July 2022, I thought it was maybe an insect bite as I live near the sea and it was a hot month here.

The mass grew bigger and, urged by my wife Rachel, I went to see my GP who reassured me that it was most likely not cancer because cancerous lumps don’t come up over night usually, rather they take a longer time to grow. However she referred me to the freeman hospital in Newcastle to a specialist who reiterated her thoughts on the speed of my growth.

He did some tests then sent me straight away for a biopsy, I had three samples taken and then went back to see my specialist who said that sadly it was lymphoma a cancer of the blood.

He sent me immediately for a CT scan and an MRI scan which showed that I also had cancer in my bowel and lower intestinal tract.

He decided therefore to not operate on my neck but to refer me to haematology at wandsbeck hospital in Ashington.

They decided on 6 cycles of chemotherapy which I started yesterday.

I will also be referred back to freeman hospital for radiotherapy after a few bouts of chemotherapy.

Non of this will break me.

Fuck cancer.

Abaddon.”

He has since shared an update as well:

“I feel pretty good today after first chemo session, might be the 17 steroids I’m on mind.”

Cronos Offers Update On New Venom Album

During a recent interview at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, Venom’s Conrad “Cronos” Lant offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“We had a bit of a hassle because of the pandemic; we couldn’t meet in the studio and all that sort of shit. So that knocked everything all to hell. If that hadn’t happened, the album would be out by now. But we’re just doing the fine tuning, really, and working on individual shows for now. Venom have never been a big touring type of band. We like to just pop up and blow the place to hell.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Venom To Release “In Nomine Satanas” CD/DVD Boxset & 40th Anniversary Vinyl Pressing Of “Black Metal” In September

Venom will be releasing a CD/DVD version of their “In Nomine Satanas” boxset on September 23. The effort will feature “Welcome To Hell,” “Black Metal,” “At War With Satan,” “Possessed,” “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” and “Sons Of Satan” on CD and “7th Date of Hell – Live at The Hammersmith Odeon, 1984” on DVD. On another note, “Black Metal” will also be available on silver and black swirl colored vinyl as well. Pre-orders can be found HERE and a new video for “Black Metal” can be found below:

Original Venom Guitarist Mantas Wants Band’s Classic Lineup To Reunite To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of “Black Metal”

During a recent Facebook Live session, former Venom guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn (Venom Inc.) talked a bit about the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1982 album “Black Metal.” Notably, the musician also mentioned that he would be open to reuniting with the group’s classic lineup to commemorate the milestone.

Mantas said the following:

“I’ll never retract anything I’ve said, because I’m sorry but it’s true. Regardless of what him or him thinks, it’s true; it’s just as simple as that. I’m not gonna go out there and blatantly talk a lot of bollocks like one of us did. What I’ve said is absolutely true, and I’ve put it in print — into the book as well. It’s there. It’s absolutely true. But we’re at that age now — I’m 60; Bray’s, like, 61; Conrad’s what — 58, 59? We’ve just been through a massive fucking pandemic where nobody’s done anything. We’ve got fucking a war in Europe at the minute. [All the issues we’ve had with each other], it fucking pales into insignificance; it’s fucking bollocks.

Like I say, I’ll never fucking say ‘sorry’; I’ll never fucking turn around and go, ‘Yeah, well, I didn’t fucking mean that.’ What I said was fucking true. But we missed the 25th anniversary. We didn’t celebrate the 30th anniversary. And it’s, like, for a band who had such a fucking impact… And, again, my friends, I still find it difficult to take in myself, people saying…

When I did the interviews for the 40th anniversary of ‘Welcome To Hell’ — there’s another anniversary we fucking missed; nothing done about it; it just passed. But the thing was, I got these interviews in, and people were saying to me, ‘You just don’t realize the importance of what you did.’ I don’t, because I suppose we were so close to it. I’ve said it a million times — I was just a fucking kid writing tunes in my fucking bedroom living with my mom, and I was lucky; people fucking dig them.

But it’s, like, could we not just fucking celebrate this for once? I mean, fucking hell — I’ve already died once. And fucking you haven’t got long, and you haven’t got long, because I know what you’ve fucking done to yourselves.”

He also added the following about Venom Inc.’s plans to perform “Black Metal” in full during the October 2 date of this year’s Keep It True festival in Würzburg, Germany:

“When the Keep It True thing came along, I thought, ‘Yes! Yes! I’m gonna fucking do it.’ Because no one fucking else is. Nobody else is gonna go out there and celebrate this fucking album — monumental fucking album. It should be fucking celebrated.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Super7 Release New Slayer & Venom Action Figures

Super7 have released some new variants of their Slayer and Venom action figures. This includes a new “Born Of Fire“ version of Slayer’s “Show No Mercy” minotaur figure and a glow in the dark version of Venom’s “Black Metal“ figure. You can purchase those HERE.

[via The PRP]

Venom To Release Early Demos Collection “Sons Of Satan”

Venom will be releasing an early demos collection titled “Sons Of Satan” on August 28. The effort, which was previously included in the band’s “In Nomine Satanas” box set, will be available on CD, double splatter vinyl, and digitally. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Sons Of Satan” Track Listing:

01. “Angel Dust” (Church Hall Rehearsals 1979)
02. “Buried Alive” (Church Hall Rehearsals 1979)
03. “Raise The Dead” (Church Hall Rehearsals 1979)
04. “Red Light Fever” (Church Hall Rehearsals 1979)
05. “Venom” (Church Hall Rehearsals 1979)
06. “Sons Of Satan” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
07. “In League With Satan” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
08. “Angel Dust” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
09. “Live Like An Angel” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
10. “Schizo” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
11. “Venom” (1980 Impulse £50 demo)
12. “Angel Dust” (Impulse Studio 1980 demo)
13. “Raise The Dead” (Impulse Studio 1980 demo)
14. “Red Light Fever” (Impulse Studio 1980 demo)
15. “At War With Satan” (1983 Impulse Studio demo)

Super7 Release Venom “Black Metal” Action Figure

Super7 have released a new action figure inspired by the cover art for Venom‘s 1982 album “Black Metal.“ You can purchase that HERE. The company commented:

“Super7 is honored to add heavy metal pioneers Venom to our 3.75″ ReAction Figures music collection! The ‘Black Metal’ demon comes on a cardback that commemorates the influential 1982 album. The figure is based on the concept given to Super7 by the band’s founding member Cronos.”

Watch Original Venom Guitarist Mantas Perform “Satanachist” With Behemoth Frontman Nergal

Original Venom guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn recently joined forces with Behemoth frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski for a quarantine performance of Venom’s “Satanachist.” You can see footage of that below:

Venom To Release “In Nomine Satanas” 40th Anniversary Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

Venom will be releasing new 40th anniversary box set titled “In Nomine Satanas” on May 31. The set will come with the band’s first four studio albums (remastered from original tapes), an LP of previously unreleased demos from 1979 – 1983, and much more. Pre-orders are available HERE and the first 300 will come with an art card signed by Cronos.

Here’s all the contents:

4LPs and 2 x 2LP

“Welcome To Hell”
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)

“Black Metal”
(Remastered from original tapes on swirl vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster and insert with an embossed cover.)

“At War With Satan”
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproduction 6-page roll fold booklet and leather book effect cover.)

“Possessed”
(Remastered from original tapes on splatter vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original poster, insert and sleeve on mirror board.)

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”
(Pressed on half and half vinyl. Comes with reproductions of original gatefold and inserts.)

“Bloodlust”
(Planchette shaped 7” picture disc single)

“Sons Of Satan”
(New album of previously unreleased demos. Pressed on splatter vinyl. Gatefold cover)

Merchandise
12″ x 12″ book of the story of VENOM written by renowned heavy metal journalist Dom Lawson from new interviews with Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon. Featuring previously unseen and rare photos and memorabilia.

90cm x 60cm two-sided poster of “Seven Dates Of Hell” tour poster.

Reproduction “Seven Dates Of Hell” tour program.

VENOM’s Legions back patch.

Along with this set, the group will also be releasing an introduction piece titled “In Nomine Satanas – The Neat Anthology.” It will include 22 remastered tracks on double splatter vinyl, as well as rare photos, memorabilia, and interviews with the band. A 43 track 2 CD edition will also be available. That version will be housed in a mediabook and it will include two previously unreleased tracks.

[via Blabbermouth]