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Black Metal

Venom

1982

Black Metal

Album Summary

Black Metal is the second album by English heavy metal band Venom. It was released in November 1982, during the great flourishing of metal music in the UK that was the new wave of British heavy metal, through Neat Records. Vocalist and bassist Conrad Lant and guitarist Jeffrey Dunn wrote the album's material, with most of the songs being written in the early 1980s and two songs being written prior to the band's formation in 1979. With strong sales and positive reviews of the band's debut album, Welcome to Hell, which was recorded in just three days, Lant requested more time from Neat in the studio to record their follow-up. Recording sessions for the album took place at Impulse Studios in 1982 over a seven-day period. Lant, who shouldered most of the responsibility in the studio due to his experience as an assistant engineer and tape operator for Impulse, alongside studio engineer and producer Keith Nichol, worked from dawn to dusk on recording while Lant completed the final mixes on his own on the last day. Musically, the album sees Venom build upon their extreme sound, which they established on their debut album, with their signature "three-minute bashers”, while also experimenting with more ambitious and adventurous pieces exploring the bands theatrical and cinematic side. Black Metal is often described as speed metal, thrash metal, extreme metal, and black metal, lending its name to the latter subgenre of heavy metal. As with its predecessor, the music, as well as the lyrics and imagery continue to forge some of the essential features of the black metal genre and were a major influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene. The cover art, designed by Lant, features Satanic imagery including a demon face with an inverted pentacle star on its forehead, and an inverted cross and 666 inscription on its left and right horn respectively. Black Metal was released to massive critical acclaim from both the metal underground as well as the mainstream music press, with its music being described as "proto-thrashing classics", "surprisingly complex", and "absolute classics", and would go on to be considered one of the most influential metal albums of all time. It is considered a major influence on the thrash metal, death metal and black metal scenes that emerged in the 1980s and early 1990s. The album has also been retrospectively placed on several publications' best albums lists including Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Kerrang! magazines "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". The album was re-released by Sanctuary Records in 2002.

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Rating

2.42

Votes

4603

Genres

  • Metal
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Thu May 20 2021
2

In the early ’80’s, I was riding with the Hell’s Angels and selling PCP in Bakersfield. I listened to this record ALL. THE. TIME. Nowadays, I need a pint of virgin blood and a nap halfway thru to make it through the album once. There’s lots of noise here on this album and the devil lyrics are on high. As a matter of fact, the lyrics are where this Black Metal shines. Who can dismiss “do you believe in God, he’s chained up like a dog and every hour he screams 'SATAN RULES SUPREME!" ?? [whoa!] And, though there's nothing fancy about the drumming, the guitar is show-y, fast and intricate at times. As a matter of fact, this band makes me think a lot of TSO. Yep, TSO - The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I’m quite certain these Venom guys could’ve been real competition to the TSO if the devil-worshiping thing ever caught on. There are plenty of similarities between the two. Both are rock’n’roll crusaders for a higher power and tolerable in small doses, played ONLY during special occasions. For example, TSO, is often heard during Christmas season, while Venom's Black Metal, I'm assuming, gets a lot of play during sacrificing your first-born or throwing a surprise birthday party for Lucifer. Two stars.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

There is lots of decent or even good metal out there. Why is this on the list? (So that was my first reaction. Then I read up on it, and apparently they were really pioneers of several sub-genres of metal in the late 70s-early 80s. And so like with the Brian Eno stuff, part of why they merit inclusion on this list is the influence they had on what came after? In that case, do I boost their rating based on the impact they had? Do I rate the music in a vacuum, based totally on what I hear? Or do I rate it based on its historical context?)

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Fri May 28 2021
1

"'twas i who fucked the dragon "

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Wed Feb 09 2022
1

Is this a Tenacious D album?

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

1982. Venom's second album. The first proto-black metal album! This one inspired a lot of trash and death bands in early 90-s. Black Metal song has been covered dozen of times (more than 100)!

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Thu Jan 07 2021
4

Very consistent (thrash? black? power?) metal album, consists of great songs such as "Black Metal", "Sacrifice", "Teacher's Pet" and "Countless Bathory"

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

This feels like something I would listen to if I was riding motorcycles and selling PCP. But I respect the album, I can for sure feel the influence of this album. It's got some pretty rad guitars and the lyrics are pretty metal. Full on Satan. I don't mind it at all.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

It’s a little bit silly (ok it’s very silly) and objectively the songs are not very good and the whole thing sounds like it was recorded in their bathroom. But as massive fan of 80s thrash metal I cannot ignore the influence this album had on that genre. And it’s fun too.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
3

Heavy metal is awesome but Venom has never done it for me. They got lucky in that they were one of the (if not THE) first bands to get really gritty. None of it is particularly good - it just plods along, a mix of noisy and boring. About the best I can say is that it influenced a lot of the more extreme end of metal, which I love. Within a year or two of this, Venom had been completely outclassed and made obsolete. Why the hell would you listen to this when 2 years later you can have ride the lightning? 2 points but I gotta grudgingly bump it up to 3 because it was so influential. 3/5.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
2

There is good metal out there, and this didn't sound like it. Genuinely a slog to get through, from the bad production to the lead's vocals. The music itself was uninspired and bland at times, but ultimately the best part of the album. The music + the influence keeps me from giving this a 1. Like, I *get* why this is on the list, but really? Y'all couldn't pick a better representation? Also I turned on the lyrics because I was having a difficult time understanding and tbh I wish I hadn't done that.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

Meh

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Thu Dec 09 2021
1

Nearly 70 albums in and I've managed to get by without any metal... until now. It was never going to be a big hit with me, and I can generally appreciate the influence these albums have had, but it didn't make this one any easier to get through. Everything about Venom's "Black Metal" is sloppy, from the hackneyed lyrics to the performance and production. There's absolutely no range to it, it's sludgy riffs caked in distortion, thrashy drums and endlessly bellowed vocals. It's hard to tell if this is Venom's intention, or they're taking their satanism and musicianship very seriously and just not landing it. It might feel spontaneous and on the fly, but so does a plane crash. The lyrics are unbelievably trite, "let's be edgy because we're a metal band" sort of material that ends up feeling eye-rollingly try-hard. Satan worshipping? Virgins bleeding? Ooh, you're hard. And then, in the middle of devil worshipping and the re-animated undead, comes "Teacher's Pet": a juvenile, graphic sexual fantasy that feels out of place even here. I cringed throughout the whole thing. "Bathory" and "Raise the Dead" were the only ones I could tolerate, and they're the best of a bad bunch. The last track, "At War with Satan", is a two minute preview of what would become a side-long epic on their next album, a bit like a post-credits tease. It's either a tantalising marketing move or just a lazy way to fill up space. Either way, it feels odd and closes things on a duff note with an abrupt fade-out. I'm not into metal in general, but I'm still glad I heard this effort from a band who were on the edge of the NWOBHM (an acronym I didn't know meant New Wave of British Heavy Metal until today- that's how little experience I have with the genre). This might have made it to 2* if it hadn't come up on a day I'm feeling lousy and hungover, as possibly the worst album I could have drawn. While I can appreciate its significance, it's almost certain I'll never seek out "Black Metal" again.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

This album might be difficult to appreciated if you're not into metal, but I swear this one is very important in the history of the genre. Its title even became the name of an evergrowing style of metal, the black metal. This album is so explosive, energetic, fast and grimy, it was a revelation back in 1982. The lyrics and imagery also had a major influence on the shape of metal to come. To me, it sounds like an influencial classic, so... 5 stars!

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Thrash metal. Screaming and loud - very big. Would be great to lift to. Solid melody. Fast drums. Solid guitar. It must be boring to write all your songs about exactly the same thing. A clear setup for Metallica.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

A genuine rush. You could feel Venom know they're onto something new, fresh and exciting. This gallops gleefully along, giving no gucks and taking no prisoners. Great stuff.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I can't recall if I've ever listened to this one before, but my expectations were low and the album exceeded them on almost every level. It's fascinating to me that the sub-genre this album spawned has so little in common with the actual music on the record. It's like a bunch of Norwegian teenagers just saw the artwork and decided to take what they thought Venom probably sounded and looked like and made up their own bands based around that. I can't quite explain how else they got from this album to corpsepaint screeching blast-beat insanity that sounds like it was recorded on an electric can opener. Not to dismiss the whole genre, because there are moments that really work for me. I just don't understand the evolution here. Which is too bad, as well, because I really dig what this album actually is. In essence, it's just a grimier Satanic infused version of Motorhead. That's a winning recipe in my kitchen and I'd have no problem with other bands stealing and modifying that recipe. (see: High on Fire and/or Kvelertak!) Also, how the hell does a church-burning bandmate murdering Norwegian black metal diehard brush off the inarguably terrible song "Teacher's Pet"? (Naturally, it's the longest song on the album.) Worse than the half-baked blues riff bullshit, did you see the lyrics to that one? Good god. I'll give them credit for beating Van Halen to the party, but that song's an X-rated joke that damn near derails the whole album. Keep it in your pants, fellas. Even so, I'll stand up for this one. You know what I love? Songs where they literally spell out words. "Sacrifice" is a banger. "Countess Bathory" rules. "Buried Alive" is tortured and creepy. I wish I had found this at age 12.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

For an album that spawned one of the most vicious music ever created under its name, Black Metal is a lot of fun. Maybe it's because we have a lot of hindsight on it, but it's kind of surprising how seriously this album was taken by the generation that would create the second wave of black metal. To me it's just a fun metal album with great riffs and some clumsy execution. But since BM is my favorite metal subgenre, I can only be thankful that Venom (and Bathory) helped creating some of the best music out there.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

Intelligible metal is good metal. I feel like this album could have benefited from a producer saying, "Hey, this would be much more listenable if you dialed it back by 5 or 10 percent." Then again, what kind of metal band listens to that kind of advice? Best track: Don't Burn the Witch

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

Terrible music but was quite funny and made me laugh. How many different ways can you say Satan is the boss on proto thrash sounds? One apparently, just keep repeating it!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

My only previous exposure to Venom was the “Live at City Gardens” 7-inch, put out by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore on his Ecstatic Peace! label. You should check it out, it’s on YouTube. So any chance of an unbiased review went out the window the moment I heard that. In fact, I can’t separate them. There’s almost no difference between this record and that hilarious 7” in my mind, only that this is like a super-sized version of that 7”. Sorry Venom fans, blame Thurston.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

This was like a technically gifted school child was given a task to write a 'metal' album. A complete load of unimaginative rubbish.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

Took me 3 attempts to finish this. like wtf - srsly the best. Irritating af. Not sure I needed to listen to this before I died. I'm annoyed

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Thu Aug 19 2021
1

I suppose that if you were 14 years old and missed the first wave of metal and punk was more your older brother's type of music, you could call this your own. But I have serious reservations about any non-teenagers still listening to, or admitting to listening to, this. I see that, of the 1001 albums it's got the #994 spot all locked up.

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Fri Dec 11 2020
5

A classic!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

Black Metal!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

On paper I should have hated this but (never thought I'd say this) thought it was amazing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it in an ironic (School of Rock/Spinal Tap) way. But it made me smile, it made me bop, it kept me entertained) and it plain rocks. Teacher's Pet especially made me laugh. In a good way

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

cool

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Mon May 02 2022
5

FUCK. YES. Teenage Satan metal at its most delightfully neanderthal and teenage. The over the top, hydrogen bomb subtlety of the thing would, of course, have kind of grim repercussions a decade later, when a bunch of kids in Norway approached it without any irony and started setting things on fire... but for all that there's a certain magnificence in its recorded-in-a-week grottiness. I get far more joy from this than a lot of other "better", more reputable records.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

This is great. Really fun, Satan worshipping thrash metal. The directness in they way they approach their subject matter is hilarious and the songs are narratively complex, the imagery within each evoking a clear story. The little interludes and extra sound effects really give off the impression they were having a great time making it. Teacher's Pet has dethroned Hot for Teacher as the definitive song about inappropriate student-teacher relations. I did find that the mixing on a few of the tracks made the instruments sound a bit hollow, but they get a pass for being one of the first thrash albums. Despite it's age, it holds up incredibly well, and to me this is the gold standard of great metal. Fav Tracks: Buried Alive, Raise The Dead, Teacher's Pet, Leave Me In Hell

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

There are better bands than Venom for sure, but this is still solid stuff. Their influence outweighs their enjoyability but without Venom it's hard to imagine Slayer existing. Without Venom who knows how the world of extreme metal might have been influenced? In the end I gotta throw this a 5. Especially because the people that can't handle a little metal have the average on this album waaaay too low.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
5

Truly a groundbreaking album in the world of metal!

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

The album that started an entire genre. First listen, and actually quite liked it. Countess Bathory was great.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Great metal!

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Thu May 20 2021
4

great, always nice to listen to some old metal

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Meh - ok but not something I would likely choose to listen to.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

pretty sick imo

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Um álbum tenebroso, com algum peso e relativamente calmo. Não é mau. Nota: 7/10

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

I think this an example of influenced better than influencer. With that being said this album is still pretty fire.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

Tongue firmly in cheek, but the music is dead solid

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

reminds me of early metallica. don't like the lyrics much, but sound is okay.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Rating: 7/10

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Listened Before? N Well, I got an education this morning! This record, and band, are a major part of the sound of the early 80s NWOBHM that influenced the big thrash artists in the US. Pros: This record sounds like primitive Motorhead! The lyrics are brutally unapologetic. The thrash sound is awesome! Cons: They kind of sound like edgy teens at times, but hey, it was the 80s and people weren't nearly as jaded then. The album sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage! Also, what's with the weird fade-in on track 1? Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: To Hell and Back, Raise the Dead

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Brilliant. Loved this. Without looking it up, I'll assume they were massively influential on Metallica. Easy 4 stars

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Enjoyed this. Starts a bit slow but picks up. Great choons, vocals less so good. Can hear their influence in modern metal

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Wed May 11 2022
4

This is very much not my thing. This overt satanism was the stuff of nightmares in the fundamentalist church I grew up in in the 90s. Of course the satanism is an aesthetic choice and one that works well for them. This album is akin to hearing thrash metal being born in all of its galloping glory out of the British metal new wave. Apparently the genre black metal was named after this album. I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting and honestly, the satanism still feels dangerous to my ex fundamentalist mind. It’s exciting.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Débile, bourrin, mais fun Prefs: Black Metal, Buried Alive, Raise the Dead, Leave Me in Hell, Heaven's on Fire, Countess Bathory, Don't Burn the Witch Moins pref: Teacher's Pet

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

This was a fun listen. A metal band who doesn't take themselves seriously, and they are very upfront about that. Super thrashy, and super early to the game (shocked this is a 1982 release). High octane metal straight to your veins. Hail Satan. Fave tracks: Black Metal, Raise the Dead, Don't Burn the Witch

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

You can hear the origins of where punk and rock merged to form the early sub-genres of metal music. Whilst lyrically this album explores the classic metal tropes of satanism and 'dark' things, musically I would consider this as early thrash with massive punk influences.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

This is fantastic, like witnessing the birth of black metal/death metal. There's a ton of tongue in cheek fun stuff going on. Countess Bathory is the best song on the album by a mile.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Heavy, Loud, Noisy, Distorted, Metal, Fast, Raw

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Don't listen to anyone who doesn't consider this black metal. Anyways this album is amazing. Consistent as all hell, quite an impactful and influential album.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Stepping stone for thrash metal

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Didn’t really sound like “black metal” and I think that’s a good thing

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Another perfect album for Fat Riff Friday. The blues bridge on Teachers Pet was sick but Sacrifice is my highlight. Also Heavens on Fire sounds suspiciously similar to Ace of Spades

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Solid metal. Title track is really good. 6/10

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

all things satan

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Great.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

This is more METAL than I expected. I can see why it's an important album. It's not the style of metal I like, but I can hear it in modern music. I love how over the top it is. Teachers pet is hilarious. If heard this in high school I think I would have loved it.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Was good to hear the early inception of thrash metal.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Can see why it's influential. Not especially the type of metal I like to listen to but would probably give it another go.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Sounds like part of the NWOBHM, just not quite a polished. They sound like they're having a great time, and occasionally on this album I do too. BH: Black Metal, Teacher's Pet, Leave Me In Hell

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Don't have a lot to say about this other than Hail Satan.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

Gar nicht meine Musik, aber besser, als erwartet und musikalisch gar nicht so schlecht.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Alright music, I think vocals were the weakest part. Gotta give it credit though, there's an entire genre of music named after this album.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

What became synonymous with the Black Metal genre, this album shows the transition point from Hard Rock and Metal to a darker side.

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Some decent metal in here somewhere, but it was totally drowned out by the almost parody-like lyrics (SATAN!) and terrible sound recording quality.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Can definitely see the influences they had on trash and black metal

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Thrashy in the best way, great vocals, but not big on all the satanic stuff.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

I can't tell if these guys are a complete farce or taking themselves way too seriously. Either way, I must admit it is entertaining.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

The sound this band has is great, albeit a little repetitive. I like the song titles.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Good early thrash. The influence on Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and other 80s thrash pioneers is present.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Mad to me that this was known as black metal back in the day, just sounds like skate thrash to me, similar to some hardcore I grew up listening to. I always thought black metal would be more twiddly guitar shit. Seems influential, sounds nostalgic. 3/5

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Klinkt allemaal wat hetzelfde

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

This is really early black metal, but to a point it sounds a little bit corny. I'm not sure if that was the intent, or that they're the inspiration for that sound. Guitars can be pretty dark and the drums get plenty heavy for an enjoyable black metal experience, but it's also not my favorite/most versed in genre. Highlights: 3, 7, and 10.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Decent but not great

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

I didn't realise the genre was named after an album, that's pretty cool. Probably influential, but if I want to listen to some thrash/black metal there are plenty of other things I'd go to first

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Lyrics leave a lot to be desired but honestly not as bad as I thought it would be

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Odd transitions, and regurgitated lyrics but as an early metal album it sets the stage

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Sångaren är ganska störande och hans bars suger och är ointressanta... gillar hur smutsig musiken känns dock.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Metal sucks, Venom rocks, simple as

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

Rockin

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

Solid metal music

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

I can understand why this is influential, but I think I'm all set

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

6/10

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

15-year-old me would have *loved* these guys. As it is, I can totally hear the sound that influenced Metallica, Megadeth, and so many more.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Vermakelijk, ik ben ooit vrijwel meteen weggelopen op Dynamo Open Air toen ze begonnen te spelen maar dat was vast vanwege de aankondiging: "And I bring you from the very depts of Hell... VENOMMM". Wel leuk dat het best rommelige metal is met wat hardcore/punk invloeden en een aardig hooligan-gehalte

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Just not as good as the other metal I have listened to. Not a painful listen but just not that fun either.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

OK, I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. Metal not really my genre but this galloped along and was a fun listen. Stupid for sure, but I digged the Satan stuff. Apparently this record was influential - it sounds like a parody of metal to me but I was down with it.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Più che black metal a me sembra thrash metal, che buuu super noioso.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Definitely not “black metal” so I’m guessing this is the first known use of the term? More like proto thrash hard rock. Meh.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Did not expect to enjoy this one, was again surprised. Don't think they'll be a regular play for me, but I have new respect for Venom.

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Mon May 23 2022
3

Cool exposure for my mental timeline for the genre, but nothing spectacular.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

meh

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

This sounded far fresher than expected.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Very appropriate name for this album. I don't really find myself wanting to listen to black/thrash metal very often but listening through, I did find myself headbanging along. Didn't add any songs to my Spotify but I'll make sure to discuss this album with metalhead friends!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

A bit less my speed at this point in my life but definitely something I would've adored in high school. Also good music to be productive to

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

This album feels just as much like punk as it does like metal. There is some metal I really love (e.g. Opeth) This album I thought was just fine but I don't desire to hear it again. Not a particularly bad album. I can understand why some would think the lyrics are dumb, but for me lyrics usually only play a small role in the quality of music. Favorite track: Countess Bathory

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Once I stopped taking it seriously I enjoyed it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Black Metal Matters

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

These dirty little shit eaters make a real mean record, mummy. They eat more shit than anyone ive ever known. They eat so much shit and that causes them to shit more and therefore eat more. It's just a conveyor belt of eating shit. Eat shit.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

i always wondered what metal would sound like without the theatrical drama school singing, the squealing guitars and the voice where you pretend you're a demon. this is what it sounds like. fairly palatable, i like the sound but the tracks aren't very interesting. shame really.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Surprised this is from so early in the 80s. I didn’t mind it, and seems to back all movement toward more modern sounds including Metallica

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Loud, intense, solid album.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Fun album. Praise be to the Dark Lord.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

This is hard to listen to. 3 I mean it's real black metal, it's okay

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

There’s no way three guys in Newcastle Upon Tyne could have predict the mayhem (pun intended) this would cause in Norway half a decade later. “Buried Alive” and “Raise the Dead” are absolute highlights on the first side while the harrowing tale of “Countess Bathory” dominates the second half. The artwork and lyrics are almost comically extreme and the production on especially the drums leave some to be desired.. But this is just, almost surprisingly the cover taken into consideration, an extremely fun record! For the sake of my sanity I try to ignore the fact that the album closes on a teaser of the first song of Venom’s next album… Because… Who in hell would actually do such a thing? Nobody, right? Nobody.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Really default metal

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Honestly, I realise the historic significance behind this album, but bugger me it's a rough old ride - and that's coming from a metal fan. Borderline incompetent and inadvertently funny. Still, it has heart and I've a soft spot for bands that rise beyond their own limitations. I think 'Black Metal' does this - just about.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

A black metal album with a cross-eyed goat-faced man on the cover. Can anything live up to it? Yeah, kinda. I mean - this is some black ass metal. Short tight songs, leaning toward the transgressive. Silly because it's definitely for teenaged boys, but still fun. It's not Regurgitated Guts, but it'll do til some gets here.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I like metal, but I am no fan of Satan. The music was very good. Lyrics were pandering to a certain crowd.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

It was... okay I guess. Okay metal with meh lyrics. Probably wouldn't listen again. Giving it a 2 felt cruel because I can see how this probably impacted other music I like. I wouldn't seek it out again. A soft 3

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

It's fine. More metal then I usually go

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Not bad but drums are mostly boring. Recording seems like it could use a clean up.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

I guess I'm not kvlt, because this attempt at Satanism-over-thrash is fully hilarious. From the ridiculous lyrics covering life, death, and crushing on teacher to the teaser for an album which could just as easily tease Black Metal if it were at the front, it's pure glorious schlock. I will admit that the complaints about "real black metal" don't make the music any better than serviceable. (Oh, and I like Liturgy, too.)

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Thu Nov 19 2020
2

One or two quite good songs Mostly forgettable with lots of cliches Very bad production even by 1982 standards Every sound has subsequently been done better by many other bands

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

metal . not my jam

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

thrash

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

This isn't a very good album. The music is slow (for metal) and not a heavy as you might like. The lead singer doesn't sing so much as gravely speak the lyrics, which also seem to lack any sort of flow.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

What a ridiculous album. It didn’t seem very good. The songs were trash and it was very underproduced. Will need to read up on it to see what historical merits it has.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

No thank you. Actually, some of the less thrashy parts of this aren't horrible. The guitar solo in Teacher's Pet is actually pretty cool.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

I’ve always wanted to check out Venom so I was excited when this came up. I know they’re considered pioneers of metal and black metal but to me this sound more like a parody of metal than a serious metal album.

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Fri May 07 2021
2

Nope nope nope. First 5 seconds hurt my ears

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Hatte etwas mehr erwartet, fand ich jetzt nicht so spektakulär. Habe mich aber auch nicht weiter dazu informiert und es ist wirklich nicht meine Musik ;)

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

I mean, what? It sounds very thin and tinny, for what should be HEAVY BLACK METAL. Probably important if you're into that scene, and not a band I'd ever heard of before.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Eine No-Budget Produktion, der Eingangssound stammt vom Zersägen einer Tür. Das Album gab dem Genre seinen Namen. Metal ist trotzdem nicht so meins, es finden sich ein paar nette Riffs und wenns Mal melodiöser wird, finde ich es ab und zu ganz lustig. Hat wohl am ehesten historischen Wert, auf Albumlänge nervt die schlechte Produktion und für den nicht Metal-Gurmet etwas eintönig.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Quality wasn’t great. Certainly see the pioneering of the genre but I’d rather listen to Kill Em All

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

I'm not super interested in heavy metal music, but this album started the entire subculture of thrash and black metal. It was fun to listen to and was entertaining.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

This was less painful than I expected. Wouldn't listen again, but I didn't hate it.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Not into metal. I find metal bass playing hilarious as well because it contributes nothing to the situation. This is beyond cheesy! It’s like cliche devil horns and eyeliner. Maybe it’s ground breaking for current metal bands but I don’t know enough about the genre to comment. The front man looks like Jayo Dunphy’s ma.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Pretty good actually but gets a bit tedious

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

Ok so it's not my jam but I definitely liked it more than I expected. Probably as close to punk as metal gets. 2.5 🌟

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

Even as a metal head this was kind of a tough listen. The production is bad (something the genre it would inspire would take to heart), and the songs blend together pretty hard after a while. "Teacher's Pet" is... just a weird addition here, as well. Favorite track: "Don't Burn the Witch"

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

Some people like Green tea. Some people like fruit tea. Some people like earl grey. This is not a variety of tea I enjoy

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

I was enjoying this until I got to "Teacher's Pet," which made me barf. Scarier than all the naff black metal stuff.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Venom were one of the first to do it and helped influence and create genres of metal that followed to this day. Got to respect them for that, but I don't have to like 'em! I mean, I appreciate this album for its role and all, but it will never be a frequent visit for me to listen to. Though, I could say that for a lot of metal, for me personally, I suppose. Don't @ me, bro...

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Je reconnais l'apport de cet album au genre, mais n'ayant aucune nostalgie vis à vis celui-ci, tout ce que j'entend c'est du metal médiocre :-/ Plusieurs disent que le black metal est né avec cet album, mais c'est aussi loin du black metal moderne que Sugarhill Gang l'est de la trap music.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Hokie lyrics, annoying music. Quite immature.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Dated and boring NWOBHM. I can appreciate the scenes it set the foundations for but no fun to listen to

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

Decent album hampered by very poor production value

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

This has to be what parody metal bands use as inspiration. Extra points for giving me a good laugh!

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

Well, I mean... It's definitely more thrash than black metal but it was early days and they sorta invented the genre so I'll cut 'em some slack. What I won't cut any slack on is the lazy, cheesy, try-hard, doom-cookie, "ooh aren't we so scary" lyrics. I was digging some solid shredding until I listened to the lyrics. So stupid. So very lame and stupid. Shame, really.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

A bit old school for me. Vocals not the best

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

This shit sucked lmao

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Sun Mar 13 2022
2

This album's confusing, the mixing is so muted, I really have to turn up the audio to hear it clearly, I liked the performances, but the weak production's really pulling it down for me.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Rock rápido con guitarras contundentes y voz profunda. Lo he apreciado muy plano. Rockero, pero sin alma y cuerpo

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

Apparently very influential in the Satan-bothering metal scene. Not sure if that's really something that deserves respect though. Didn't hate it but it all feels a bit route one, and the production sounds less 'unpolished' and more 'unfinished'.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Didn’t hate this but it’s pretty cringe

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

Eh not for me

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

Mediocre metal, and if that's the best I can say about a metal album, that's a bad sign. I honestly forgot I was listening at one point and just let it fade into the background. I really wanted to like it more, but it just wasn't happening.

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Didn’t enjoy it. Lot of mediocre vocals and uninteresting metal riffs

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Mon May 23 2022
2

Although it was one of the first thrash metal albums, it doesnt mean that I enjoyed it. Just a tad bit too aggressive for me and the "satanic" theme that runs through the whole album is just not something I can get behind

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

Ok so it's not my jam but I definitely liked it more than I expected. Probably as close to punk as metal gets. 2.5 🌟

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Very different to what I expected- much more thrashy and not as heavy as I thought it would be, and just not very exciting tbh

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Wed Jul 13 2022
2

Not for me

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Pretty generic and uninspired.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Generic metal. No bad, not great

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

Heavy metal. No me ha hecho mucho. Un 2.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

I was a child when this record came out, but I loved the cover. It was one of those records your parents would never let you buy. It wasn't the first heavy metal record that I loved. I actually don't love this record all that much compared to "Shout at the Devil", "Blizzard of Ozz", or "British Steel". While one might argue that Venom is a totally different genre, I put it in the same bucket as those other records. Maybe that is unfair of me. That being said, it is hard to argue the influence that Venom had on massively successful metal bands including Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. They seem to have invented that cookie monster vocal style with that dark lyrical content. For that, Black Metal has to be recognized as one of the top albums of all time. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Might have bumped it up to a 3⭐️ if it hadn’t been recorded through a duffle coat

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

Lost a lot of the impact with the amateur mixing

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

OK album generator. Metallica + Orchestra and Thin Lizzy live, no complaints. But what is this? From 1982? I've never heard of Venom but I'm guessing it must be foundational in some way. Is it metal week and someone forgot to tell me? Anyway. Here we go. Listening now, in 2022, it sounds almost like a parody. I appreciate the energy and speed, but the actual sound quality is pretty terrible. As are the lyrics. Fine, energizing even, to have on in the background. Not really ideal for a close listen. I did google Countess Bathory, which was an interesting read. One star for energy, one star for setting a direction towards things I like a lot. That's all I can muster.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

2.5.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
2

For sure an influential album, but there are some real stinkers on this. 'Buried Alive' and 'Teachers Pet' make it seem like the album is more of a parody than an actual attempt at creating something, well... good. And the lyrics are often downright atrocious. Then 'Don't Burn The Witch' hits and you get to see why so many bands were inspired by Venom's sound.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

It wasn't awful, but it definitely wasn't good either.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

I didn't jam and I didn't fear the devil

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Lmao not the vibe, bought a chair for too much, still unsure

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Pretty fun thrash album, but not my favorite by a long shot

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Mon Sep 19 2022
2

Ich verstehe, dass es sich hier um ein Werk mit hoher Reichweite und Einfluss handelt. Es ist allerdings überhaupt nicht mein Fall unmelodisches Geschrei und Geacheppper über Tod und Teufel zu hören.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Just not for me; can’t get through it.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Pretty silly, schoolboy stuff. Some of the music sounds like proto-shoegaze; "Buried Alive" could be a comedian reading a Hammer Horror script over early Ride. Other parts sound like Motorhead taking the piss out of a community theater production of Rosemary's Baby. Essential, eh?

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

Starts of as motorhead and stays there mostly, just old metal, that lyrically might be early black metal

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Wed Oct 05 2022
2

Iconic, not heavy enough. also the vocals are way back in the mix and it generally sounds not great. super roomy sound that the angular sound just doesnt fit well in.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Wikipedia says it was groundbreaking when it first came out but now it all sort of just merges into one

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

2.666/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Venom is a new band and everything on Black Metal was new to me. Technically, there are probably differences between each of the tracks, but the whole album seemed to blend together into one big mess. I think that the album mostly reminded me of the background music and sound effects for the video game DOOM, which is survivable but not endearing. There are albums I have disliked more than this one, but it didn't even come close to getting a like from me.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Ohh !?!

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Mon Nov 07 2022
2

Heavy metal. No me ha hecho mucho. Un 2.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
2

Buried Alive->Raise the Dead gets this from a 1 to 2. Phish's version of Buried Alive is way better as it doesn't even need words to convey the sheer terror of being buried alive. I hope Tyler plays this at the store, preferably as setbreak music for a Dead show, but as usual he won't honor Satan. Also interesting to find out today that the Radiohead song "Burn the Witch" is apparently a counter argument to Venoms "Don't burn the Witch". Hail Satan!

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Mon Nov 14 2022
2

few head nodding moments even though this not my thing. 1.6

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Wed Nov 23 2022
2

I get it, it’s like real-life Spinal Tap - objectively not good though.

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Thu Sep 10 2020
1

i feel like i’ve been cursed

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

1982. Key Songs: Don't Burn The Witch

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Wed Apr 14 2021
1

I tried. Really not my thing.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

Nope. I get the significance, and I understand how this album was important for a whole genre of music. It's just not going to work for me. I suffered through this album.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

I’m not the target demographic to be fair

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Thu Jan 21 2021
1

horrível. soa como adolescente querendo ser legal

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Mon Jun 14 2021
1

Glad to have heard it, doubt I'll listen again.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

I don't enjoy metal at all, so I was glad when this one was over. I can see how it is a good example of the genre, though.

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Fri May 14 2021
1

Dog shit.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
1

Is that supposed to be the devil on the front? Oh do fuck off. And buy some fucking deodorant whilst your at it. 1/5

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Mon Apr 19 2021
1

Most start with good riff, but then it's lost in muddy production and thrashing. Not my taste.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
1

When it comes to death metal as a genre, I'm about as qualified to judge it as I am to judge a German creative writing competition. Yet here I am, listening to this record called Black Metal, and I'll just say that I don't speak German. So maybe it can be evaluated by historical significance or influence? If so, the shitty production and lyrics about mutant babies and high-fiving demons aren't doing it any favors. It's the musical equivalent of a plotless B-movie gore-fest. I guess sometimes you just want to see some blood, but do you really need to sit through so much of it? This is a long-winded way of saying I didn't like it, it sounded like the work of a bad high-school band who don't have any life experiences to write about.

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Thu May 20 2021
1

The closing line of Black Metal (Radio 1 Session) is “Welcome to hell!” An apt line to describe listening to this album, which I did twice. This is the type of album a bunch of goth kids who turned into goth adults make, yet they didn’t realize the goth stage was supposed to end. I understand clearly that they are obsessed with death. I did find myself bobbing to the guitar riff on Don’t Burn the Witch. I thought Buried Alive was kind of funny although I don’t think it was meant to be. In the end, I just don’t have enough teen angst to enjoy much about this album.

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Thu May 20 2021
1

If the intention of the album was to make one wish to be buried alive, left in hell, or sacrificed, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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Thu May 20 2021
1

I guess this music must have a place for somebody. Not for me.

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Thu May 27 2021
1

Absolutely awful, unlistenable, best thing about this album is the artwork, and that's saying something

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Thu Jul 08 2021
1

Not the worst metal album I have heard, quite surprised I could understand the vocalist but wish I couldn't quite childish and crap

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

I'm not the biggest metal fan but can appreciate some of it. This was just shit from start to finish though

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Thu Aug 19 2021
1

In the movies you see the Americans torturing their POWs by blasting death metal at them while they’re chained up in the dark. Pretty sure this would be effective as a torture device as it makes me want to slit my wrists.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
1

If you're going to write an hour's worth of thrift store Metallica songs about hell, you should at least make them sound different from one another.

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