This is the album that peers into Satans phychie.If you want to go to hell this is the album to buy!Totally original thinking here with blatant disrespect for God.Probably the blackest of all metal bands with chainsaw ripping guitars and bone crushing bass.Atomic drums accent this throat bleeding vocalists wit.First bought it in 1982,still scares me today.
Japanese pressing includes one bonus track. Roadrunner. 2009.
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This is the beginning of Black Metal glory along with Bathory. This album is killer with great songs, great powerful riffs, great vox, good drums and awesome metal lyrics even though it is lacking somewhat in the production dept. which makes it all the more enjoyable. Awesome band, great underrated classic metal album!
Though now I have grown up from the times,I still will remember!
VENOM! It was a time where Clint was lost and felt he was alone
and though he always said his prayers at night(I was raised a
Catholic,but still said prayers to Allah,Zeus,Odin,Rah,Budah
and God) I found myself wanting to know more of the angel that
was supposedly God’s Fav. Venom was a three piece band that
played like a six piece! They had riffs that though simple
were still hard to duplicate and I am still BEDAZZLED that
my Bro. NO LONGER DEVIL(A AMAZONER) could not play,for
he could play Kurt Hammit,Tony Iommi and Randy Rhodes
to a tee. But not Black Metal? Why? My girl Mrs. Bronson
explained it fully! VENOM IS MOST UNORTHODOX! Meaning
that Chronos did not abide by the rules of music and
like Aleister Crowley did WHAT THY WILT! VENOM’S BLACK METAL
was a mile stone album that has stood the test of time!
I have read a lot of reviews stating that they were really
orig. Though I will not go that far(c’mon people! I feel
the passion for this album,but there were bands like MOTORHEAD
MISFITS and The Heavy above alllllll BLACK SABBATH before Venom)
This album still holds it’s place in Metal History for EVERY
song is CLASSIC! Though now that I’m older and respect the
music of such artist’s like Boz Scaggs and The Spinners
VENOM will always have a place in my HEART!
“Black Metal”, an album that is just as its’ name implies, is in my opinion Venom’s finest hour. Just as the rest of Venom’s catalog, “Black Metal” goes without hooks or in sync melody, and opts instead for over the top heaviness, pounding drums, ripping guitars, and toungue in cheek lyrics about the man downstairs. Songs like “Black Metal”, “To Hell and Back”, “Buried Alive”, and “Sacrifice” are all great thrashing songs, while the unexpectedly laugh out loud hilarious “Teacher’s Pet” shows that the band is more than what they are perceived to be and really do have a sense of humor. I say that this album is important for a very good reason; every thrash band that boomed in the 80’s (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Exodus) cited Venom as one of their top influences, and Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo even cited “Black Metal” as one of the most influential albums of his life. All that there alone is reason enough to give Venom a listen. This recent re-issue has a much sharper sound than any of the previously available imports, which makes it all the sweeter for new listeners to check out.
I just bought this cd and i havent stopped listening to it! It is an amazing album…just raw fast riffs and fast drumming! It is a classic metal album, although Venom is not really that well-known by some metalheads. Amazing songs on this album include the title track “Black Metal”, my personal favorite “Countess Bathory”, “Raise the Dead,” “Acid Queen,” and “Heaven’s On Fire.” This is just a raw album full of catchy riffs and Cronos (vocals, bassist) yelling and moaning and acting possessed, ot is just soooo awesome.