M:Pire Of Evil have been sent a letter on behalf of legendary vocalist Cronos asking they stop using the Venom logo, despite having little to do with the situation.
The UK band, comprised of original Venom guitarist Jeff ‘Mantas’ Dunn, ex-Venom and Atomkraft frontman Tony ‘Demolition Man’ Dolan and drummer Marc Jackson, recently completed a handful of Brazilian dates before receiving word of the request.
The band said on Facebook: “To any promoters, please refrain from using the Venom logo on promotion material for M:Pire Of Evil, we have received a letter via a solicitor from Cronos asking we stop. We have not and never have used the logo but some promoters have. We don’t care but it seems he does. Many thanks.”
The action could presumably get them in legal hot water with Cronos continuing to record and perform under the Venom name, despite founding members Abaddon and Mantas no longer involved with the Geordie black metal pioneers. Even though they aren’t directly using the Venom logo and the fault may lie with promoters, through association things could get complicated from a legal standpoint for M:Pire Of Evil.
M:Pire Of Evil released their second album Crucified earlier in 2013 which contained nine re-recorded tracks from Demolition Man era Venom and two original tracks. They completed a European tour supporting Onslaught back in October and have been known to perform a few Venom songs live.
Let’s hope the situation doesn’t escalate into anything like the ridiculousness seen with Black Flag and their court case earlier this year.
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