F E A T U R E

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 >>






RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
In Flames Nightwish
Scanner The Great Deceiver
BloodDuster Vaginal Carnage
Lamb of God Widowmaker
Ravage Metallica
Vyndykator Conquest
Pyn Siren Paragon
Godiva Sevendust
Chainsnap Stalker
Murdercycle Brides of Destruction
Secret Sphere Iron Savior
Fear Factory Riot
downBleed Freakhouse
UFO Graveland
David Shankle Group Icon And The Black Roses
Skyfire Jorn
Lonewolf Joe Stump
Dimmu Borgir Juggernott
Feinstein Krokus
Unleashed Metal Church
Wintersun Dark Age
Theocracy Katagory V
Annihilator Chris Caffery
Jungle Rot Slowlife
Silent Force Agnostic Front
The 7 Method Tristania
Feared Creation Of Infinity
The Apocalyptic Riders Divine Fire
Kings X Kamelot
Requiem Aeternam Meshuggah
Operatika Fastkill
Shade Empire Disbelief
Mirador Python
Slough Feg Dynamic Lights
Slik Helvetika Sebastian Bach
Alice Cooper Devil Lee Rot
Sheavy To The Bone
V:28 Black Majesty
Pagan's Mind Before The Dawn
Monster Magnet Evergrey
Armored Saint Crystal Fate
Penetrator ASG
Barcode Ewigkeit
Arthemis Balatonizer
Thrones Even X
Ram-Zet Midnight Idols
Dragonlord God Forbid
Dogs Of Winter Gorefest
Dismember Absolution
Beecher Machina
End of Level Boss Enforsaken
Across Tundras 286
Upwards of Endtime Wolves in the Throne Room
Boris Clawfinger
Cryptopsy The Ocean
The Smackdown Cavalar
Stormcrow Abysmal Dawn
Non-Human Level Dawn of Azazel
Cult of Luna Vengeance
Space Odyssey Nachtmystium
Scary Manilow Hurt
Wednesday 13 Teeth of the Hydra
Lupara Lesbian Bed Death
Winger Darkness Eternal
Better Left Unsaid Skullflower
Southern Gentleman With Passion
Threat Signal Battered
Manticore Zyklon
Passion Pantera
Mithras Divine Empire
Gotthard Nominon
Lipstick Magazine The Wonderfools
Randy Ellefson Hell N' Diesel
Mongrel Heresi
Glenn Hughes Father Befouled
Last Stone Cast To-Mera
Kreator Trinacria
Medieval Steel Iron Fire
Sin Faded Hope
Giant Squid Sister Sin
Suffocation