Thursday, November 11, 2010

Black Metal

     


          Today's album of the day is one of the most influential Metal albums of all time. "Black Metal" by Venom along with other bands like Bathory, Hellhammer and Celtic Frost are the bands that formed the prototype for the genre known as Black Metal. Though "Black Metal" is largely considered a thrash metal album, it's influence on other genres like Death and Black metal can not be denied. Things like vocal styling, lyrical content and guitar work that Venom did on this album have DEFINED those genres and was first heard on this album. Released in 1982 by Venom a trio from the UK. Upon release the album had almost no commercial success and most critics referred to them as "a trio of buffoons". Venom is known for their controversial lyrical content with almost all songs dealing with some satanic material. Though almost all the songs are performed in a very tongue and cheek manner that seemed to go over most people heads. Venom's music helped shape the development of many thrash metal bands, specifically the Big Four of Thrash (who in turn were highly influential): Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. Venom would also be of extreme importance to the black metal and even the early death metal scene, with numerous bands copying styles, themes and imagery from the band.

Through all that, a lot of people questioned the bands musical talent. Venom's members were apparently well aware that their musical skills were questioned, especially by other bands. During a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1984, guitarist Mantas was doing a between-song rant when he remarked rather loudly: "A lot of bands are out there tonight, waiting for Venom to make a mistake. Well, we are the fucking mistake!"

This album has been listed as one of the 1001 albums you must hear before you die.

Track Listing:

Black Metal
To Hell and Back
Buried Alive
Raise the Dead
Teacher's Pet
Leave me in Hell
Sacrifice
Heaven's on Fire
Countess Bathory
Don't Burn the Witch

You can hear the album here:

22 comments:

  1. Geeze, these guys are crazy! hahaha

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  2. this one piqued my interest the most

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  3. this is a good follow up to your last post

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  4. nice, I'm looking forward to the next one

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  5. Awesome, That is some great music. Gonna look for more to add to my collection.

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  7. Cool story, bro!
    Following your blog

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  8. BOW DOWN TO THE FUCKING TRASHER DUDE

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