News•February 8, 2008 5:48 PM ET•4,354 views
Century Media signs Venemous Concept
Official press release: Century Media Records are glad to welcome hardcore/punk outfit Venemous Concept aboard its worldwide family. Featuring such illustrious members as Shane Embury (guitar) and Danny Herrera (drums) of Napalm Death fame, vocalist Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) and bassist Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault), you can expect a furious and violent sonic assault with the release of the band's second album, Poisoned Apple, which is set for a spring release. Embury further comments on the band's new deal: "Venemous Concept are extremely happy to release our new album, Poisoned Apple, on Century Media. After the great support the label has shown Napalm Death since the band signed with them we can only look forward to good things in the coming future!" To already get a glimpse of what is to be expected from their scathing new effort, check out two brand-new tracks at http://www.myspace.com/venomousconcept The history of Venemous Concept can be dated back to 1989 when Shane Embury and Kevin Sharp first met in New York City when Napalm Death were asked to play their first show as part of the city's annual music/arts festival week at legendary club CBGB's. By chance Kevin happened to be the tour driver of Napalm Death on "The Art of Noise" tour w/Nile, Strapping Young Lad, Dark Tranquillity and The Bezerker in 2004 and though Shane and Kevin had lost touch in the years between, some beers, some pizza and old vinyl classics by Poison Idea, Black Flag, Systematic Death renewed their friendship and all of these great bands seemed to unite the pair in a realization: "Why hadn't they ever started a band together?", they looked to each other bemused – time to put right to wrong. They recruited Buzz Osbourne from the Melvins on guitar and Napalm Death's Danny Herrera on drums and recorded their first album, Retroactive Abortion, in Los Angeles for Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings. Due to busy commitments the band only managed to play one show live at The Double Door in Chicago. Shane decided to switch to guitar as Buzz's schedule with the Melvins was a little hectic, so Shane asked close friend Danny Lilker of Brutal Truth/Nuclear Assault to step in on the bass duties. After releasing a split EP with Japanese grinders 324 on HG Fact Records the band entered the studio to record their sophomore release.