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Audio CD, July 1, 1991
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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B000003C4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sons of Satan
2. Welcome to Hell
3. Schitzo
4. Mayhem With Mercy
5. Poison
6. Live Like an Angel, Die Like a Devil
7. Witching Hour
8. 1000 Days in Sodom
9. Angel Dust
10. In League With Satan
11. Red Light Fever
12. In Nomine Satanas
13. Burstin' Out

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The first black metal band, Venom's loose, hook-free offerings to Lucifer were amateurish, but thunderously heavy. Welcome to Hell featured indecipherable vocals, overdriven guitars, and frenetic drums that were rarely in sync, but which influenced a league of devil worshippers to follow. --Jon Wiederhorn

Customer Reviews

This is a must for anyone into the black/speed/death metal style we've come to know.
JS
Listen, if you like bands where you can discern one song from their next in this limited black metal genre then Venom is the band for you and particularly this album.
Matei Grigoroscuta
There's not much to say about this that hasn't been said already, so I'll just say that this is essential if you like REAL HEAVY METAL!
Rob Michaels

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob Michaels on June 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is where black metal began, even though the term didn't come into use until Venom's second album, "Black Metal" came out. Still, this is where it all started. There's not much to say about this that hasn't been said already, so I'll just say that this is essential if you like REAL HEAVY METAL! Sure, "Black Metal" was more raw & really scary, but this one has the attitude. Sure, Venom's musical skills were limited in the beginning, but after all, it's the feeling of the music that mattered. And this was one rowdy, blasphemous piece of vinyl (or CD, in 2004). After hearing the opening track, "Sons of Satan", you kind of knew what you were getting yourself into. Nearly every song on here is classic Venom, like, oh let's see, "Welcome to Hell"; the early thrash masterpiece "Witching Hour", with its churchbell-like bass intro, complete with thunderstorm & various scary sounds; "In League with Satan", with backwards Satanic intro and tribal drum beats. It even has a cool little guitar interlude called "Mayhem with Mercy", which, amazingly, isn't Satanic at all, but still sounds good. Another cool thing on here is the band quote which said, 'If this lp is warped or defaced in any way, please throw it away and buy a new one'. How many bands would say that? Most black metal bands all seem to sound the same. Screaming obscenities, playing 1000 m.p.h. on every song, never doing anything different, but Venom did things differently. Almost all their songs sounded unique, with interesting lyrics. You could actually remember the way the songs went after you heard them. Anyway, that's my opinion. Buy this CD and if you don't like it, T.S.!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Venom's terrifying 1st release, the original death metal prototype, absolutely seared speakers and left listeners slack-jawed in the early 80's. Rarely had a band come along and played with such blatant disregard for amplification and melody. While not the greatest of musicians, as evidenced by Abbadon's barely passable drumming, this album set a new standard in brutality and mayhem. Mixing Satanic imagery and lyrics with bulldozer rhythms and bargain basement production, the album sounds primitive by today's standards, but listening to such innovative trax such as "Sons of Satan", "Live Like An Angel, Die Like A Devil", and the still soul-feezing "Welcome To Hell", with it's Lord's Prayer chant that can STILL send shivers up your spine, you knew Venom had caught onto something. They introduced a new wave of metal practitioners, and a new term for the metal masses; Black Metal. Soon afterwards, bands such as Bathory, Celtic Frost and Possessed took the initiative that Venom started and soon made Black Metal a viable exponent of metal. Their influence was worldwide. After awhile, Venom's antics and attitude got a bit much, and their music suffered, never fully recovering after releasing the mediocre "Possessed" album. Their legacy is the the brutal "Black Metal" and this, their debut classic. In your hands, you hold a history lesson followed and preached by many a new generation of metal loyalists and bands, including Metallica, who opened for Venom on the infamous and now legendary 7 Dates Of Hell tour. An absolute must have if you even think about getting into death/black metal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Davis on October 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When you are a boy in high school- bored, frustrated, in need of attention- sometimes the more offensive and awful a band is the better. Behold Venom! These guys are about offensive as it gets. 75% of their lyrics (at least) are Satanic and they make Motorhead sound like the Beach Boys. But they are great at what they do. They actually have some catchy riffs. They have taken a lot of heat for their questionable musicianship and low budget production but you could say the same about musicianship for a lot of bands including The Sex Pistols and The Clash. I think if you had Bob Rock behind the glass I think these guys would sound tight. But this in it's rawness is ferocious metal and ended up influencing everyone. To hear what I am talking about listen to In League With Satan and In Nomine Satanas... but then go to confession.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "gsibbery" on June 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This was the album that started it all. Black metal at it roughest, hardest and meanest, there was no other band like Venom. When Cronos and crew went into the studio, they were under the impression that they were recording a demo and accounts partially for the very rough and unpolished sound. Every track here is a death metal classic: In Nomine Satanas, A Thoudand Days In Sodom, Witching Hour, Sons of Satan, Angel Dust, you name it. This is the most hard-hitting album ever recorded by any band. Definitley NOT for the faint-hearted!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dobbs "dragonboots" on March 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
So here it is again, the legendary debut album from Venom and nothing really could prepare you then and nothing can prepare you now for the evil din contained within this classic piece of outrage. Lets see there are Satanic themes, violent guitars, thundering bass and growling vocals. Perfect indeed. Be warned its rough and very under produced yet you can't help going back and giving your ears another bashing like a glutton for punishment. Musically speaking I guess a parallel to say 'Motorhead' crossed through a thermo nuclear meltdown with 'Black Sabbath' could best describe this CD's contents, though that doesn't even come close to describing the OTT delivery given. No where near as fine and refined as its follow up in 'Black Metal' this is indeed a different kind of horned beast. Every song is loud, frenzied and obnoxious though 'Live Like An Angel' is the most tuneful and 'In League With Satan' the most hummable. It can take time to ingest the contents but the bands enthusiasm will win you over to the dark side over time. There are real songs and great ideas hidden under the roughness so persist at all costs. The bonus trax are also well worth a visit in particular the 'Angel Dust' (lead weight version)which I think improves on its eventual cut and the 'Red Light Fever' demo version. Forgive them father for they knew exactly what they were doing!
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