Venom In League With Satan T-Shirt
- Venom are an English black metal band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1978.
- "In League with Satan" is the first song released by the English extreme metal band Venom.
- This Venom In League With Satan T-Shirt features an image of a pentagram and goat in the front and lyrics from the song In League With Satan on the back.
- Wear this Venom In League With Satan T-Shirt and show your love to the English metal band !
About the band
Venom’s original personnel came from three different bands: Guillotine, Oberon and Dwarfstar. The original Guillotine featured Jeffrey Dunn and Dave Rutherford on guitars, Dean Hewitt on bass guitar, Dave Blackman on vocals, and Chris Mercater on drums who replaced Paul Burke, the original drummer when the band was founded. Blackman and Mercater were later also replaced by drummer Anthony Bray and vocalist Clive Archer.
Later, Dean Hewitt was replaced by Alan Winston on bass. Around that time a number of personnel changes occurred. Clive Archer, Eric Cook, Tony Bray and Ian Kell formed a band while working at Reyrolles. Ian Kell was replaced in mid-1978. In late 1979, Conrad Lant replaced Dave Rutherford. Lant later switched to bass after the departure of Winston. The band members took on new stage names. Archer became “Jesus Christ”, Lant “Cronos”, Tony Bray “Abbadon”, and Jeff Dunn “Mantas”.
Since the beginning of their career, Venom have often used “Satanic” lyrics and imagery. However, such references were mostly for shock value. In late 1979 Lant introduced the band to his original song ideas as he didn’t want to keep playing the same cover songs, and with Dunn he began writing new songs for the band. Lant had yet composed songs like “Sons of Satan”, “Bloodlust” and “Welcome to Hell”, while Dunn had yet composed songs like “Angel Dust”, “Red Light Fever”, “Buried Alive”, “Raise the Dead” and “Live Like an Angel, Die Like a Devil”.
Dunn and Lant redefined together these songs with a mutual collaboration and then, after a few weeks Lant recorded a rehearsal session on a basic cassette recorder which he played for the label he worked for, although as the band rehearsed in an old church hall the sound was not good. In April 1980, Lant was able to persuade the label to give him some free studio time and the band recorded a three-song demo. Soon after, six more tracks were recorded for just £50, with Lant taking vocal duties on the song “Live Like an Angel”. Archer then left the band, and Venom’s line-up became a trio.
Reflecting on Venom’s 40th anniversary, Cronos said that without Venom, well known bands such as Metallica or Slayer wouldn’t exist. He explained:
“We were the band that was influenced by Motörhead and the Sex Pistols, but we took their sound and made something completely new out of it. We were completely new; no one had heard anything like us. And of course, unbeknown to us, in America there were these kids who were listening to our records and then shaping what we were doing into their own thing. Slayer would be an example of that. And I agree, without us those bands either wouldn’t exist, or would sound very different from the way they do.” He also cited the line-up consisting of himself, along with guitarist Stuart “Rage” Dixon and drummer Danny “Danté” Needham as “the best one we’ve ever had.”