Venom: Live From The Hammersmith Odeon 1985-CD+DVD [Import] United Kingdom 2023 Release Date: 11/10/2023
Essential CD/DVD package from legendary UK extreme metal flagbearers Venom, featuring their incendiary live show from Hammersmith Odeon in London, on October 8, 1985. CD features the 15-track set in all it's raw and frenzied glory! DVD features the live concert footage of the same show, showing just what an explosive, shocking experience the Venom live performance was in the mid 80s.
Features liner notes including an exclusive interview with Venom fanatic Shane Embury (Napalm Death). Formed in 1978 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Venom blazed a trail for a raw hybrid form of punk and metal, wrapped in an overtly Satanic image that is now credited with starting the Black Metal genre, as well as being an influence on the thrash and speed metal scenes that followed. Derided by the media but beloved of fans wanting a harder and faster fix of metal, Venom released three classic LP's is quick succession; 'Welcome To Hell' (1981), 'Black Metal' (1982) and 'At War With Satan' (1984). The band had already famously headlined Hammersmith in June 1984, and returned just over a year later basking in the glory of their fourth album, 'Possessed'. 'Live From Hammersmith Odeon Theatre' captures the band in their pomp, shortly before the classic line up of Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon split. An essential document of raw, chaotic underground metal at it's best.