Quorthon a liar, hum...I seen interviews where he stated Motorhead, Discharge, Charged GBH as influences, he also stated he was inspired by Manowar, for the Viking-era style of metal. Quorthon at one pointed stated he hated Celtic Frost and VoiVod but years later he back peddled on that.
The one thing I really could not understand was why he said he was not influenced by Veom, I remember seeing early photos of Metallica with Venom t-shirts, so I check out Venom, because Metallica were fans, even though my taste in metal has always slanted towards Mercyful Fate, Tygers on Pan Tang, Anvil, Accept, Iron Maiden.
As far as the Slayer thing, wow, I thought they really got it right, where Venom got it wrong, (but I still own tons of Venom recording even the MMV box set) but I would never take anything away from Venom, they were one of the first bands to do anything really original. It was not untill the sell - out of Raven, with " Stay Hard ", that I really started to really have a appreciation of Venom.
On thing that was pretty unique about Quorthon, was most bands were POUNCING and BOUNCING on Bob Muldowney's Kick*Ass Monthly fame, true metal bandwagon. Quorthon was like he I like Motley Crue, Kiss as well as Charged GBH and Discharge.
Quorthon was just trying to make it appear that his music development was parrallel to Venom's, even though most Metallers never thought of mixing punk with metal. Motorhead, then Venom, I was still worshipping Rush, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Randy Rhodes -era, back in 1980/1981/1982. So alot of bands took libertys in there press kits, with oh we pre-date this band, and we pre-date this music sub-genre.
Alot of artist back in the golden era of independant metal 1979-1985, just claimed they invented more than they really did. Because even the most original sounding bands are very derivative of there predecessors.
Metal fans like to claim influence is a automatic ripoff, but I disagree. I would rather have metal bands create metal using metal influences. Instead of trying to turn, techno, low-fi, numetal, industrial, alternative, shoe-gaze, blues classical and jazz music, and force f*ck it, it to this or that hybrid. Very good for Avant Garde artist, but very frustrating when trying to find the most molten metal traditional metal artist on the planet.
Common sense states that if one likes Discharge, Motorhead, and ChargedGBH, then Venom had to be on his want-list or in his collection.
So he REALLY never pulled- a - fast one on anyone really! Common sense always will win-out no matter what this or that artist claim.