Black Metal (Venom album)

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Black Metal
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Studio album by Venom
Released 1 November 1982
Recorded 1982
Studio Impulse Studios in Newcastle, England
Genre Speed metal, thrash metal, black metal
Length 47:49
Label Neat
Producer Keith Nichol and Venom
Venom chronology
Welcome to Hell
(1981)Welcome to Hell1981
Black Metal
(1982)
At War with Satan
(1984)At War with Satan1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[2]
Sounds 5/5 stars[3]

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, and is considered a major influence on the thrash metal, death metal and black metal scenes that emerged in the 1980s and early 1990s.[1][4]

Although lending its name to the latter subgenre of heavy metal, today it is still debated if the album's music is thrash metal or black metal.[5][6] AllMusic has described it as "extreme metal",[1] while Moynihan & Søderlind in their book affirm that the album "carved in stone some of [black metal's] essential features".[7] Nevertheless, its lyrics and imagery were a major influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.[8]

The cover art was made by the band's bassist and singer Conrad "Cronos" Lant.

Legacy[edit]

Covers[edit]

  • Alchemist covered "Black Metal" for a tribute album.
  • Blitzkrieg covered "Countess Bathory" on their album Unholy Trinity.
  • Cradle of Filth covered the song "Black Metal" on the special edition of their album Cruelty and the Beast.
  • Dark Forest, a black metal band from Brazil, covered the song "Black Metal" on their demo Sodomized by Depraved Goat from 2003.
  • Dimmu Borgir covered the song "Black Metal", as the Japanese version bonus track on their album In Sorte Diaboli.
  • Heidenland covered "Black Metal" as a hidden track on the 1999 demo cassette Triomftocht voor de glorie van Wodan.
  • Hypocrisy did a cover of the song "Black Metal" on the album Osculum Obscenum.
  • Isegrim made a cover album called A Tribute to Venom.
  • Machetazo covered "Black Metal"; it appears on their compilation Ultratumba.
  • Mayhem, whose guitarist and bandleader Euronymous hailed Venom as an important black metal band, covered "Black Metal" on their Pure Fucking Armageddon demo.
  • Messiah Marcolin did a cover of "Countess Bathory".
  • Necrodeath made a cover of "Countess Bathory" on their album Draculea released in 2007.
  • Obituary covered "Buried Alive" for their greatest hits compilation, entitled Anthology.
  • Sigh covered multiple songs off of this album (as well as other Venom albums) on To Hell and Back: Sigh's Tribute to Venom in 1995, and on A Tribute to Venom in 2008, along with other EPs and splits.
  • The Soft Pink Truth, Drew Daniel of Matmos' house side project, covered the title track on his 2014 record Why Do The Heathen Rage?
  • Unleashed covered "Countess Bathory" on Shadows in the Deep.
  • Vader covered "Black Metal" on their album Necropolis.
  • Macabre covered "Countess Bathory" for their album Grim Scary Tales.
  • Warpath covered "Black Metal" for their album When War Begins.
  • Kazjurol covered "Countess Bathory" for their EP Body Slam.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bray/Dunn/Lant.

Side A ("Black")
No. Title Length
1. "Black Metal" 3:40
2. "To Hell and Back" 3:00
3. "Buried Alive" 4:16
4. "Raise the Dead" 2:45
5. "Teacher's Pet" 4:41
Side B ("Metal")
No. Title Length
6. "Leave Me in Hell" 3:33
7. "Sacrifice" 4:27
8. "Heaven's on Fire" 3:40
9. "Countess Bathory" 3:44
10. "Don't Burn the Witch" 3:20
11. "At War with Satan (preview)" 2:14

Credits[edit]

  • Cronos – vocals, bass
  • Mantas – guitars
  • Abaddon – drums
  • Keith Nichol - producer, engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Black Metal - Venom". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 395–396. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  3. ^ Bushell, Garry (20 November 1982). "Venom: Black Metal (Neat)". Sounds. 
  4. ^ Kahn-Harris, Keith (15 January 2007). Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1845203993. 
  5. ^ Dome, Michael (2007). "Murder Music – A History of Black Metal". Rockworld TV. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Venom Biography". MusicMight. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Moynihan, Michael; Søderlind, Difdrik (1998). Lords of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Port Townsend, Washington, USA: Feral House. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-922915-48-4. 
  8. ^ Moynihan, Michael; Søderlind, Difdrik (1998). Lords of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Port Townsend, Washington, USA: Feral House. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-922915-48-4. 
  9. ^ "The Kerrang! 100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Rocklist.net. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  10. ^ Dimery, Robert; et al. (2005). "Venom - Black Metal". 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. New York City, New York: Universe Publishing. p. 498. ISBN 978-1844033928.