Black Metal (album)

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This article is about the Venom album. For the Dean Blunt album, see Black Metal (Dean Blunt album).
Black Metal
Studio album by Venom
Released 1 November 1982
Recorded 1982 at Impulse Studios in Newcastle, England
Genre Thrash metal[1][2]
Length 47:49
Label Neat
Producer Keith Nichol and Venom
Venom chronology
Welcome to Hell
Black Metal
At War with Satan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[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.[2][4]

Although lending its name to the latter genre, today the album is often regarded as thrash metal rather than black metal.[1] AllMusic has described it as "thrash metal".[2] Nevertheless, its lyrics and imagery were a major influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.

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


Track listing[edit]

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




  1. ^ a b Dome, Michael (2007). "Murder Music – A History of Black Metal". Rockworld TV. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Black Metal - Venom". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Bushell, Garry (20 November 1982). "Venom: Black Metal (Neat)". Sounds. 
  4. ^ Kahn-Harris, Keith. Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge. Oxford: Berg (2007). ISBN 1-84520-399-2.

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