My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
(Original album is tracks 1-11)
Brief Background: Black Metal is the second album from UK band Venom. The album was recorded and released in 1982. It would go on to be highly influential in the black metal genre.
What I think: I actually enjoyed listening to this album. It’s a fun sort of lark with the Satanist lyrics that run throughout. Most of that amusement comes from the fact that this album would have scared the crap out of me as a tween. I guess it still seems a bit intimidating if you consider they may actually believe the things that are being said. Anyway, it’s a good throwback to the music that had us whispering of Satanist cults running through the sewers of Owatonna, outlandish stories that probably went through every town in the eighties when we were convinced this music was going to do harm.
The actual music, that’s fun to listen to as well. You can sort of hear a progression as the album goes on from Motorhead sort of metal into a more straightforward thrash style. Those songs, “Countess Bathory”, “Don’t Burn the Witch” and “At War With Satan” are the most interesting to me. It’s also kind of neat that “At War With Satan” is a two-minute preview of the twenty-minute version that would be on their next album two years later.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m ok with it being here. It’s sort of a historical piece or landmark. Certainly, something you should hear once.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (396/518)
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