Venom - Welcome To Hell


8.1 | 276 votes |
Release date: 12 January 1981
Style: First wave of black metal

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01. Sons Of Satan
02. Welcome To Hell
03. Schizo
04. Mayhem With Mercy
05. Poison
06. Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)
07. Witching Hour
08. One Thousand Days In Sodom
09. Angel Dust
10. In League With Satan
11. Red Light Fever

2002 remastered re-release bonus tracks:
12. Angel Dust [From Lead Weight]
13. In League With Satan [7 version]
14. Live Like An Angel [7 version]
15. Bloodlust [7" Single]
16. In Nomine Satanas [7" Single]
17. Angel Dust [Demo]
18. Raise The Dead [Demo]
19. Red Light Fever [Demo]
20. Welcome To Hell [Demo]
21. Bitch Witch [Outtake]
22. Snots Shit [Outtake]

Top 20 albums of 1981: 14

Guest review by
-tom-
Rating:
8.0
The first release by the godfathers of black metal. At the time of release few people would have predicted the impact this album would have. 11 Motorhead-influenced dirty thrash songs with lyrics about Satanism, hell and strangely a song about catching a sexually transmitted disease (poison). This may have been the album that started off the most evil sub-genre but it clearly isn't black metal. Venom were just having fun with the idea of Satanism in metal, an idea that had been started with claims that rock music encouraged violence and that some songs contained subliminal messages (e.g. stairway to heaven). Venom used this to their advantage to draw attention to their music. Who would have guessed that this would start off a new genre?

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published 20.12.2004 | Comments (27)

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05.03.2012 - 20:49
Rating: 7
Korah
Noise, noise, noise, but good noise sometimes.
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Don't cry for my English
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05.06.2012 - 21:34
Cuca Beludo
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I was going to say the same thing this guy said before...
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24.11.2012 - 13:26
megadeath13
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When it goes to music, Venom is not the band to talk about, but Welcome to hell is such an influential album. This and Black metal are easily Venoms best albums
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07.04.2013 - 16:04
Metropolis_Dream
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Legendary debut! As goood as Black metal. Raw and extremely heavy for that time.
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18.02.2014 - 04:49
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
I prefer modern bands who know how to write more than one song but having fun is important too I guess.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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18.02.2014 - 05:04
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Venom's Black Metal is the only release I can listen to from start to finish. Regardless of what everyone here will think, I think that's a really good and FUN album.
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forever bummed out
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18.02.2014 - 15:46
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.02.2014 at 05:04

Venom's Black Metal is the only release I can listen to from start to finish. Regardless of what everyone here will think, I think that's a really good and FUN album.

I can't even get through Black Metal without getting bored. I usually just listen to Buried Alive and go listen to something else.
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18.02.2014 - 21:28
Lit.
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Black Metal and Countess Bathory are pretty much the only good songs on that album, and this album has even less in the way of redeemable songs.

Written by deadone on 18.02.2014 at 06:58

Venom is quite an acquired taste - it's raw, punky and completely juvenile.

That's like saying Cannibal Corpse or AC/DC are an acquired taste. You only need to listen once, as with most bands or albums, to get a band like Venom.

There's a difference between being simple and just being utterly repetitive.
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28.01.2015 - 04:40
AmyR
Written by Boxcar Willy on 18.02.2014 at 05:04

Venom's Black Metal is the only release I can listen to from start to finish. Regardless of what everyone here will think, I think that's a really good and FUN album.


That is very true. It not about being brutal, atmospheric, or technical in my opinion; it is great album that is there to have a good time. I don't really feel there is much to analyze on the album and I like it because no matter what kind of day I'm having I feel extremely happy when I listen to this album.
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