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Sodom - 93% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This German black metal/thrash trio was formed in 1983 by Tom Angelripper (bass, vocals), Aggressor (vocals, guitar) and Chris Witchhunter (drums), drawing inspiration from bands such as Motörhead, Anvil and Venom. Aggressor was replaced by the similarly pseudonymous Grave Violator on the agenda-setting debut EP, In The Sign Of Evil. By the time Obsessed By Cruelty emerged Read more

Bathory - 91% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Swedish death/black-metal project was masterminded by the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Quothorn (Thomas Forsberg, 1966, d. 7 June 2004, Stockholm, Sweden; vocals/guitar). Formed in 1983, the band originally comprised Black Spade aka Quothorn, Kothaar (bass) and Vvornth (drums), but the latter two left after recording just a single track for a heavy metal compilation Read more

Celtic Frost - 90% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Switzerland in 1984 from the ashes of the thrash metal-inspired Hellhammer, Celtic Frost’s focal point was Thomas Gabriel Warrior (Thomas Gabriel Fischer, 19 July 1966, Zurich, Switzerland; guitar, vocals). Together with Martin Eric Ain (bass) and Stephen Priestly (drums), the group’s 1984 debut was a thrash metal landmark, with guttural vocals splinterin Read more

Possessed - 85% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Formed in San Francisco, California, USA, in 1983, this heavy metal band comprised Jeff Becerra (bass/vocals), Mike Torrao (guitar), Larry Lalonde (Lawrence Lalonde, 12 September 1968, Richmond, California, USA; guitar) and Mike Sus (drums). Through early demos and their inclusion on the Metal Massacre VI compilation album, released on Metal Blade Records in 1984, the band a Read more

Destruction - 79% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Along with Kreator, this speed metal band was at the forefront of the 80s German thrash scene, although Destruction never quite achieved the former’s level of success. Destruction was formed in 1983 in Weil am Rhein, Germany by Schmier (Marcel Schmier Schirmer; bass, vocals), Mike Sifringer (guitar) and Tommy Sandmann (drums) made a rather raw debut with 1984’s min Read more

Mercyful Fate - 74% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This seminal black metal act was formed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1980 by vocalist King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen, 14 June 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark) and guitarist Hank Shermann (b. Rene Krolmark, Denmark; ex-Brats). Benny Petersen (guitar), Old Nick (drums), and C. Volsing (guitar) appeared on early demos, but the original line-up coalesced around Diamond, Shermann, Mic Read more

Razor - 66% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Exciter - 64% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s
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Nuclear Assault - 63% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in New York, USA, in 1985, this extreme and influential outfit initially comprised John Connelly (guitar/vocals), Dan Lilker (18 October 1964, USA; bass), Mike Bogush (guitar) and Scott Duboys (drums), although Anthony Bramante and Glenn Evans quickly replaced the latter pair. Lilker formed Nuclear Assault while still a member of Anthrax, making them one of the earlie Read more

Sabbat - 63% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Nottingham, England in 1985, this heavy metal outfit originally comprised Martin Walkyier (vocals), Andy Sneap (guitar), Frazer Craske (bass) and Simon Negus (drums). It was a demo tape, Fragments Of A Faith Forgotten, that first brought Sabbat to the attention of the press and public in 1986. Part of a new wave of thrash metal bands, Sabbat stood out for their skilfu Read more

Exodus - 62% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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Angel Witch - 61% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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One of the first rock bands to be associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement that originated in 1979, the original line-up of Angel Witch went under the name Lucifer. Comprising guitar virtuoso and vocalist Kevin Heybourne, Bob Downing (guitar), Kevin Riddles (bass) and Dave Hogg (drums), the band changed their name to Angel Witch with the departure of Downin Read more

Overkill - 60% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This thrash metal quartet was formed in New York, USA, in 1984 by vocalist Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth, guitarist Bobby Gustafson, bass player D.D. Verni and drummer Rat Skates. Together they self-financed the recording of a mini-album. Desperately short of cash and exposure, they sold the rights to the small Azra label and made a net loss. They were soon picked up by Meg Read more

King Diamond - 58% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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When popular metal act Mercyful Fate split into two separate factions in March 1985, vocalist King Diamond (Kim Bendix Petersen, 14 June 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark), Michael Denner (guitar) and Timi Hansen (bass) decided to pursue their obsession with Satanic heavy metal and the occult, while the others sought a more mainstream direction. King Diamond’s music is characte Read more

Mayhem - 58% match to Venom

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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