Lords of Metal
Arrow Lords of Metal

VENOM INC announce special 'Black Metal' 40th anniversary show at Alcatraz and Bloodstock festivals


VENOM INC., announced they will play the album ‘Black Metal’ in its entirety at both the Alcatraz Festival in Kortijk, Belgium, on August 12, and Bloodstock Festival on August 24th. These shows come just before the release of the band’s new album, ‘There’s Only Black’, which will be released in September, under Nuclear Blast. 

In a statement for Bloodstock, the band says:
To be asked to return to BLOODSTOCK is for us a great honour and we look forward to more Main Stage antics with you all! But why just do any old set, we thought let’s do something uber special for you. As it’s the 40th Anniversary of the ‘Black Metal’ album, we will deliver for the first time on British soil, the complete album in full running order, live!!! We are so looking forward to this and together with you, we will lay down our souls to the Gods of Rock And Roll, as well as the Teachers Pet while we are At War With Satan…and you can Count(ess) your Bathory on that! Ave!!”

Grab your tickets while you still can for the Summer’s best metal weekender over at bloodstock.seetickets.com

VENOM INC reunites former Venom bandmates Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan on vocals and bass guitar, and Jeff “Mantas” Dunn on guitar. The band is complemented by drummer Jeramie Kling (Inhuman Condition), who silently replaced also former Venom drummer Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, who didn’t return to the band after the birth of his daughter. The band will release its second album, “There’s Only Black”, on September 23 via Nuclear Blast Records. The official lyric video for the LP’s first single, “How Many Can Die”, can be seen below.

Dolan comments:
Following Wacken in 2019, our live season closed giving us time where I could have my hip replacement surgery and we could take the recovery time to work on a new album… Little did anyone know we’d be hit by a pandemic that would pause the whole world. We began our work at a pace, then being locked down with no prospect of live shows, I decided there was no need to rush it along but utilize the time to create without the pressure of live work looming. So we began recording our songs .. and after producing twice the amount required, we began editing, touching, improving, and polishing until we finally had what we decided was THE correct album along with the label and here we can finally present to you .. a pure ball of furious… VENOM INC. power that left us feeling proud and excited at the same time…THIS album is now yours!!! And as the world runs through its evolution of its colors, remember… when the sun goes out…THERE’S ONLY BLACK!!!!! AVE”.

He also stated about how guitarist Mantas’s heart attack in 2019 affected the album:
Well, Mantas died and saw only a black void that he thought was empty… So if life is just lights… what is there when all the light goes? There’s ONLY BLACK. So in order to disclose wat lies beyond, you must abate all fear and take the journey in. Welcome inside our album. Maybe you’ll discover something inside or perhaps for you, you won’t and there will remain ‘ONLY BLACK’..

Not all see the light

“There’s Only Black” track listing:
01. How Many Can Die (03:21)
02. Infinitum (03:47)
03. Come To Me (03:46)
04. There’s Only Black (04:49)
05. Tyrant (05:25)
06. Don’t Feed Me Your Lies (05:51)
07. Man As God (03:23)
08. Burn Liar Burn (05:32)
09. Nine (03:34)
10. Rampant (04:06)
11. The Dance (04:54)
12. Inferno (05:19)

The follow-up to 2017’s “Av锓There’s Only Black” marks the second recording under the name VENOM INC., while Dunn and Dolan have a long history as recording artists together in VENOMM:PIRE OF EVIL and Mantas solo projects. It also marks the VENOM INC. recording debut of drummer Jeramie Kling (also of IMHUMAN CONDITION), who joined the band in 2018.

The band recently announced to be playing a 40th anniversary set of the album ‘Black Metal’ coming October, at the Keep It True festival in Germany.