Former Venom Guitarist Mantas Fires Back At Frontman Cronos: “If You Wanna See A Subpar Performance, Watch Videos Of Your Own Band”

As previously reported, Venom frontman Conrad “Cronos” Lant recently made headlines after saying that a reunion with guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray would result in “a subpar performance.” Now, Mantas has officially fired back at Cronos, saying that he should “watch videos of [his] own band” if he wants to see an actual “subpar performance.”

Mantas told Heavy Culture the following:

“Cronos has just done an interview with Metal Hammer, which there’s stuff in that interview where I looked at it and I just went, ‘What the fucking hell planet did that happen on?’ He’s talking about the [VENOM] reunion that we did for Dynamo [in 1996]. He was saying, like, ‘Oh, I called the guy…’ No, he did not call fucking anybody; he didn’t call anybody at all. It was Eric Cook, our manager, who’s now sadly since departed us, but it was Eric Cook and Tony Bray, Abaddon, who put that fucking reunion period together. It wasn’t fucking Cronos who put that reunion period together.”

“I remember turning up to a bar in Newcastle called Trillians and we had agreed to have a meeting there. And Cronos was the first one in the bar. I walked in and there was a sort of tentative handshake and a ‘hello.’ And I remember saying to Cronos, ‘I’ve only come here to say no. I’m not doing this.’ And that was before the Dynamo thing. It took so many talks to get us together for the Dynamo. We did the Waldrock festival first. And he turns around and says, ‘Oh, it wasn’t very well received.’ He was the one that was saying, ‘I’ll do it.’ ‘No, I’m not doing it.’ ‘I’ll do it.’ There was one day we had a meeting, and Abaddon actually stood up in the office, in the VENOM office, and said, ‘Right, Conrad, fuck off. It’s all off. Forget it.’ Conrad picked up his bag. He walked out of the office. He walked past me and said, ‘Adios, amigo,’ and he walked out. I went home and I spoke to my wife and I said, ‘Well, that’s it. That’s all fucked.’ About an hour later, I received a phone call from Eric saying, ‘It’s back on. He’s gonna do it.’ So don’t go to the press saying it was your idea in the first place.”

He also added:

“VENOM INC. are the people who have been asked to do the anniversary shows. And we’ve done it. Because you know why? Because this fucking shit show of three originals can’t get their fucking act together to get together on a stage and give the fans that. And [Cronos is] turning around now and saying, ‘Oh, I’m not getting on stage with those doddery old fuckers to give a subpar performance.’ I’ll tell you what: watch the videos of your own band if you wanna see a subpar performance. This pisses me off to the hilt.

I put a call out to everybody who’s been a member of this band — not just the originals. And even me and Tony Dolan had a conversation about this, and we said that to celebrate VENOM, there should be a concert where everybody who’s been a member — Mikey Hickey, Jim Clare, fucking Abaddon, Cronos, Mantas, Tony Dolan, Al Barnes, fucking Danté, Stu — whatever his fucking name is — they should all be on one stage together playing their era of VENOM, and at the end of the night, the original lineup plays some of the classic songs just for the fans. I put that out. Who contacted me? Fucking nobody. Because none of them have got the balls to do it. And that’s the fucking truth.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Cronos Says The Chance Of Venom’s Classic Lineup Reuniting Is “Less Than Zero”

It looks like Venom bassist/vocalist Conrad “Cronos” Lant has no interest in reuniting with guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray. The frontman says the chance of a classic lineup reunion is “less than zero.”

Cronos told Metal Hammer the following when asked about the chance of a reunion:

“Less than zero. I owe them nothing, and they’ve got nothing I want.

We still get fans saying, ‘The Venom legions want the old lineup back together.’ We tried in the ’90s and it wasn’t well received. The last thing I want to do is get onstage with those other two doddery old fuckers and put on a subpar performance.

I’m getting better album sales now, so why the fuck would I want to go back to that? I just want Venom to be great.”

He continued when asked if he feels sad about his current relationship with Mantas and Abaddon:

“Yeah, of course it’s sad. But we had a blast, and I’ll cherish those memories.”

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: