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VENOM INC. @ Audio, Glasgow, 11 Mar 2018
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 4 Sep 2018
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Venom Inc. live 2018
The re-union of the late-'80s/early-'90s line-up came as good news for all the Venom maniacs around the metal world. The trio comprising of Mantas/Abaddon/Demolition Man toured like crazy for a few years under the new moniker Venom Inc., with their shows getting only positive reviews. Even more good news hit the horde's fanbase soon, when the band announced that a studio album would be coming out and they dropped the highly anticipated masterpiece called "Avé" in the summer of 2017. As every album should be properly promoted, the band hit the road again, bringing metal joy to the masses and making a stop at Glasgow's fave pocket-size venue Audio.
Having decided to ease into the set instead of hitting it hard from the start, Venom Inc. kicked off the show with the heavy "Ave Satanas" (the album's opener), but even though this tune is rather slow-paced, the audience joined in straight away, singing the choruses back at Tony. The actual craze began just a while later, as soon as the guys went into another title tune, this time from Venom's debut release, "Welcome to Hell". A proper moshpit erupted in the centre as a sign of appreciation for the band's efforts, with the first crowd-surfers showing up a while later and the crowd keeping their energy levels high as the show progressed. With just one album released under the new name, it was obvious that the guys would only play a couple of tunes from that new work, compiling the setlist around the known and loved classics, and that's exactly what happened. Two new numbers - "Metal We Bleed" (preceded by Tony's speech about the music we all love) and the fast "War" went down extremely well and, as expected, the band received equally enthusiastic responses for the classic material. Having ripped through tunes such as "Die Hard", "Don't Burn the Witch" or "Lady Lust" the trio closed their set with three songs from "Black Metal" album ? "Leave Me in Hell", the title number and "Countess Bathory", prompting the crowd to chant "There's only one true Venom!" After that they had to come back soon for an encore bit, and so we could hear two further fast and furious "hits", both from Venom's debut release, namely "Sons of Satan" and "Witching Hour". Not much can be said about the band's performance that has not yet been said in the countless reviews of their other shows. They all know well what they're doing, so both guys up front ? Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn could just focus on enjoying themselves and interacting with the crowd, as they don't really need to think about playing their parts anymore, and the stand-in drummer Jeramie Kling (from Florida melo-death outfit The Absence) did more than adequate job in the absence of Abaddon, who was unable to join the band on their European trek. The sound in the tiny Audio is usually good, which was the case this time around too, so we could hear all instrument parts and vocals quite clearly, savouring Tony's dirty bass lines and Mantas's riffing and awesome solos with all the tapping and other technical tricks. Throw in a simple stage design, made of a backdrop with the album's cover art on it and the Baphomet pentagrams on the backline amps and it all adds up to an enjoyable evening with blackened British metal.
The only complain I would have is that the show could have been a bit longer as there's never enough of good old Venom (also, no "In League With Satan") but the selection of the material for the setlist tonight was just brilliant and the guys gave their 100%. Seems they are getting more and more attention, and even though they are still an underground band, with the quality of their music and live performances I can't see why they shouldn't become much bigger soon and play larger venues on their next tour. Fingers crossed they will.
Text and photo by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Venom Inc. website: www.venom-inc.com
Venom Inc. on facebook: facebook.com/VenomIncOfficial
Tags: Venom Inc., black metal, NWoBHM, live, Ave
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