The Return of Our Rusted Metal Column: A Look at Venom's 'Black Metal'!
4/25/2017 4:25:22 PM by Frank Hill

The debate among metal historians seemingly never ends on what type of band Venom really is. Some say it's extreme to the point of defining black metal's rigid boundaries while others refer to them as thrash. Loosely, the Newcastle, England act are lumped into the NWOBHM scene that sprouted in 1978. That's fitting considering geographical location and the band's formation in 1979 (originally called Guillotine). Regardless of genre label, none can refute the band's place in the building of the heavy metal machine. Imagery, lyrics, and energy were catalysts in an attempt to move Venom from pub to hub. While Venom never sold well, their influence on aggressive metal, notably the development of thrash, death, and black metal is hard to deny.

'Black Metal' is considered an early proto-type of extreme metal. It's frantic energy, over the top lyrical imagery and dark presence is easily seen years later in genres like thrash, black, and death. The album is 35 years old at this point and still maintains a following through collectors, fans and artists that continue to cover and cite the album's songs and global impact on heavy music.

Being a late bloomer of heavy metal in the early 90s, it took me a while to find the Venom catalog. That metal-on-metal grinding sound as "Black Metal" opens the record is a fitting introduction to such an abrasive opus. Easily one of my favorite albums of all time.

Read Eric Compton's look at the release here: [Full Column Link]

<< back >>

HammerFall LA Guns
Loudness Scanner
Big Dumb Face Immolation
Karaboudjan Misery Index
Solemnity Deranged
Norma Jean Nazareth
Sickspeed Powergod
Late Nite Romeo Power of Omens
Led Zeppelin H.I.M.
Endless Time Evanesce
Sinergy Vhaldemar
Silent Scythe Thunderstone
Stalker Attacker
Murdercycle Krisiun
DevilDriver Lacuna Coil
Mother Misery Fear Factory
Volbeat Killik
Babylon Mystery Orchestra Bang The Union
downBleed Cans
Deep Purple Epica
Icon And The Black Roses Jorn
Lonewolf Black Zodiac
Cyst Devil In The Kitchen
Chapter VIII Meliah Rage
Psychotron Unearth
Polterchrist Necrodemon
Witchburner Incantation
Silent Force The Lizards
Behemoth Fifth Cross
Bloody Sign Cradle To Grave
Emerald Sun The New Breed
Miles Beyond Blood Red Throne
Labyrinth Shatterpoint
Tarot Soulscar
Suidakra Carbomb
Ravensthorn John Sykes
the missing: Diecast
Freedom Call Novembers Doom
Pure Inc Omegalord
Axis Of Perdition Thunderblast
System Of A Down Sinisthra
Burden Of Grief Slumber
Embraze Naglfar
God Among Insects Vicious Art
Ektomorf Testament
Slik Helvetika Leaves Eyes
Ritual Killer Dam
The Father Panic Riot Orchestra Devil Lee Rot
Morgana Lefay Iron Maidens
Blitzkrieg The Scourger
Mercyful Fate V:28
The Atomic Bitchwax Violent Storm
Penetrator Ignarus
Twilight Vinterriket
Phantom X Dechrist
Dreamland Gojira
Infliction Bronx Casket Company
Detonation Early Man
From This Day End My Sorrow
Southern Black Sand Cannibal Corpse
286 The Ocean
Royal Hunt Unsilent Phenomenon
Space Odyssey Dendura
Skid Row Pump
Belphegor Myon
Oblomov Cult of Daath
Obtest Lordi
Escape The Fate Steve Cone
Gaza Warmachine
Blood Tsunami Static-X
Madking Ludwig Crescent Shield
Textures Mithras
Pentacle Nominon
Antigama Ulcerate
Nation Beyond Frosthardr
Spheric Universe Experience Mass Extinction
Glenn Hughes Cockpit
Gutted With Broken Glass Puscifer
Bullet For My Valentine Medieval Steel
Bible Of The Devil The More I See
Luna Mortis Coffins
Winterfylleth Ihsahn