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Fred R. (37x18) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 9/27/2009...
Classic old beginnings of Thrash metal. No history of metal can leave it unmentioned. For true metalheads, not necessarily something you're likely to listen to on a daily basis nowadays though.
An amazing Venom album...classic early black metal at its fi
Countess of Metal | New York, USA | 07/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought this cd and i havent stopped listening to it! It is an amazing album...just raw fast riffs and fast drumming! It is a classic metal album, although Venom is not really that well-known by some metalheads. Amazing songs on this album include the title track "Black Metal", my personal favorite "Countess Bathory", "Raise the Dead," "Acid Queen," and "Heaven's On Fire." This is just a raw album full of catchy riffs and Cronos (vocals, bassist) yelling and moaning and acting possessed, ot is just soooo awesome."
One of the most influential metal acts and albums of all tim
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 03/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Black Metal", an album that is just as its' name implies, is in my opinion Venom's finest hour. Just as the rest of Venom's catalog, "Black Metal" goes without hooks or in sync melody, and opts instead for over the top heaviness, pounding drums, ripping guitars, and toungue in cheek lyrics about the man downstairs. Songs like "Black Metal", "To Hell and Back", "Buried Alive", and "Sacrifice" are all great thrashing songs, while the unexpectedly laugh out loud hilarious "Teacher's Pet" shows that the band is more than what they are perceived to be and really do have a sense of humor. I say that this album is important for a very good reason; every thrash band that boomed in the 80's (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, Exodus) cited Venom as one of their top influences, and Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo even cited "Black Metal" as one of the most influential albums of his life. All that there alone is reason enough to give Venom a listen. This recent re-issue has a much sharper sound than any of the previously available imports, which makes it all the sweeter for new listeners to check out."