Venom Inc. have announced their return to Australia in 2020 along with first time visitors Exciter.
The tour will take both bands to Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide in June 2020.
Formed as Venom in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, and coming to prominence towards the end of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Venom’s first two albums ‘Welcome to Hell’ (1981) and ‘Black Metal’ (1982) are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal sub-genre: black metal.
During the 80s, Venom were the extreme band, releasing more classic albums such as ‘At War With Satan’ (1984), ‘Possessed’ (1985) and countless classic, live albums, such as the ‘Assault Live’ album series and the legendary ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ (1986) Double LP.
‘The Seventh Date of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon’ video even helped launch Metallica, who were the support band for Venom’s tour.
Following Cronos’ departure from the band, Tony Dolan (The Demolition Man) from Atomkraft stepped in filling Cronos’ boots and recorded four releases with Venom: ‘Prime Evil’ (1989), ‘Tear Your Soul Apart’ (1990), ‘Temples of Ice’ (1991) and ‘The Waste Lands’ (1992).
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, and formed in 1978, Australia finally gets a dose of speed/thrash metal demons Exciter.
Named after the Judas Priest song, Exciter are considered to be one of the originals of the speed and thrash metal genres.
In 1983 they released their first album, ‘Heavy Metal Maniac’, on Shrapnel Records.
Later that year, they signed a deal with Jon Zazula’s Megaforce Records, which led to the 1984 release of their second album ‘Violence and Force’.
This material was toured on bills opening for Anthrax and Mercyful Fate.
History would bring many more revered releases by the band, such as ‘Long Live the Loud’ (1985), and ‘Unveiling the Wicked’ (1986), to name just a couple.
More tours also followed with bands like Accept, Manowar, Motörhead and Megadeth.