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poison

Poison

On the other side of things Venom were coming.  They released their debut album Welcome to Hell in 1981 and they really played the whole Satanic thing and took it to a new level.  Like the Ramones their influence on other bands compared to their own success is hugely disproportionate.  Everyone from Slayer to Metallica and then the whole Black Metal movement in Norway had some roots in Venom.

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This vid is taken from the Open Up and Say Ahh album and the reason I put this clip up is because it contains my favourite solo of all time.  C.C. pulled this one off perfectly it is a textbook showcase of everything that I love about guitar, soaring bends, slow emotional notes, melody and then blinding speed all phrased and contrasted to magnificent effect.

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James Daubeney
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