Thursday, 4 July 2013
CD Review: Black Metal, by Venom (1982)
The imagery may have inspired the actual black metal and death metal scenes, but the music on Black Metal has little to do with either future genre. Venom's music is basic rock'n'metal played at speed, and played badly.
To complain about the production values on Black Metal is to pretend that there are any. Black Metal is not under-produced; it is not produced. This is a studio album that sounds like it was recorded live, in one take, on a retail cassette deck, picked-up at a back-alley El Cheapo Audio store.
None of which is to say that the music is not interesting. It is simply not ready. With better execution, improved polish, and dramatically better production, Black Metal would be an enjoyable gem. As history unfolded, it's an annoying curiosity, an album of influence but with no enduring quality.
Conrad Lant - "Cronos": Bass, vocals
Jeffrey Dunn - "Mantas": Guitar
Anthony Bray - "Abaddon": Drums
Songlist (ratings out of 10):
1. Black Metal - 7
2. To Hell And Back - 6
3. Buried Alive - 6
4. Raise The Dead - 7
5. Teacher's Pet - 7
6. Leave Me In Hell - 6
7. Sacrifice - 7
8. Heaven's On Fire - 7
9. Countess Bathory - 7
10. Don't Burn The Witch - 7
11. At War With Satan (preview) - n/a
Produced by Keith Nichol and Venom.
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