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Former VENOM & VENOM INC drummer ANTONY "ABADDON" BRAY diagnosed with cancer

Says "none of this will beat me"


Former VENOM & VENOM INC drummer ANTONY “ABADDON” BRAY is diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer. Bray announced the message on his own Facebook page, saying: “Next part of the journey called my life”.

Bray sent Arrow Lords Of Metal the following statement this morning:

“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. 
None of this will break me.
Fuck cancer.

BRAY was one of the founding members of VENOM, alongside original guitarist MANTAS and they were later joined by singer/bassist Cronos, initially as a rhythm guitarist. The three recorded several heavy metal milestones, among which the seminal 1982 records ‘Black Metal’, which is celebrated by VENOM INC throughout 2022, by playing it in its entirety. He was in VENOM from 1979 to 1992, and later, initiated by a live reunion on Wâldrock in the Netherlands, from 1995 to 1999.

He joined then M:Pire Of Evil and former VENOM bandmates Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan and Mantas in 2015, to continue under the name of VENOM INC. He left in 2018, with no reason of departure formally addressed ever by either side. He was replaced during a leave to be at the birth of his daughter, while the band continued the already booked tour with American drummer Jeramie “War Machine” Kling, initially as a temporary replacement, but who has been in the band ever since. Bray then revived his project Abaddon, under the name of Abaddon UK and released the EP ‘All That Remains’ in May 2022, on which he plays drums and does the backing vocals.

A few years ago, VENOM INC parttook in Pick Collectors Against cancer. Said Abaddon: “My brother died from cancer at an early age of 54, younger than I am now. He was a outdoors kind of person, didn’t drink much, never smoked, very happily married. Was dead within two weeks of being diagnosed. Absolutely horrible disease.”