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Release date: 12 January 1981
Style: First wave of black metal

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8.1 | 241 votes

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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

Top 20 albums of 1981: 12

Review
Lyrics (10)


Additional info
Line-up:

Conrad "Cronos" Lant - Vocals, Bass
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn - Guitars
Tony "Abaddon" Bray - Drums

The Combat CD pressing (Cat.-No. 88561-8032-2) has "In Nomine Satanas" (3:28)
and "Bursting Out" (2:56) as bonus tracks.
The 2002 re-release by Castle Music / Sanctuary (Cat.-No. CMRCD471) came as a
slipcase CD and included the following bonus tracks:
12. Angel Dust [Lead Weight version] (3:03)
13. In League With Satan [7" Version] (3:31)
14. Live Like An Angel [7" Version] (3:54)
15. Bloodlust [7" version] (2:59)
16. In Nomine Satanas [7" version] (3:29)
17. Angel Dust [demo] (3:10)
18. Raise The Dead [demo] (3:29)
19. Red Light Fever [demo] (4:51)
20. Welcome To Hell [demo] (4:57)
21. Bitch Witch [outtake] (3:08)
22. Snots Shit [outtake] (2:06)

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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Korah - 05.03.2012 at 20:49  
Rating: 7 Noise, noise, noise, but good noise sometimes.
Cuca Beludo - 05.06.2012 at 21:34  
  I was going to say the same thing this guy said before...
megadeath13 - 24.11.2012 at 13:26  
  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
Metropolis_Dream - 07.04.2013 at 16:04  
  Legendary debut! As goood as Black metal. Raw and extremely heavy for that time.
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 04:17  
Rating: 8 Ahhh listening to this is a pure Metallic joy.

Modern bands could learn a thing or two from Venom's earliest releases - play like you don't give a fuck and have a blast of a time doing it.
Troy Killjoy - 18.02.2014 at 04:49  
  I prefer modern bands who know how to write more than one song but having fun is important too I guess.
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 05:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.02.2014 at 04:49

I prefer modern bands who know how to write more than one song but having fun is important too I guess.



Sorry but Venom wrote two songs - the fast one and the slower one.

Most bands today don't average much more than that either. Some like Meshuggah write only one riff that happens to go on for 53 minutes and 10 seconds (running time of that abomination Nothing)...


In fact good and varied song writing is something that's rare in any period or any genre.

Most Metal bands are shit song writers. This includes ones I love ala Venom.

And a lot seem to have a very small bag of good tricks and hence usually manage 1-2 good albums before they need a complete overhaul of their sound to avoid rehashing material.
Boxcar Willy - 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.
deadone - 18.02.2014 at 06:58  
Rating: 8
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.



Fair enough.

Venom is quite an acquired taste - it's raw, punky and completely juvenile.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.02.2014 at 15:46  
 
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.
Lit. - 18.02.2014 at 21:28  
  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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