Black Metal (Venom album)

Black Metal is the second album by English heavy metal band Venom. It was released in November 1982, during the great flourishing of metal music in the UK that was the new wave of British heavy metal, and is considered a major influence on the thrash metal, death metal and black metal scenes that emerged in the 1980s and early 1990s.[1][2]

Black Metal
Studio album by
Released1 November 1982
StudioImpulse Studios in Newcastle, England
LabelNeat (UK)
Combat (USA)
ProducerKeith Nichol and Venom
Venom chronology
Welcome to Hell
Black Metal
At War with Satan

Although lending its name to the latter subgenre of heavy metal, today it is still debated if the album's music is thrash metal or black metal.[3][4] AllMusic has described it as "extreme metal",[1] while Moynihan & Søderlind in their book affirm that the album "carved in stone some of [black metal's] essential features".[5] Nevertheless, its lyrics and imagery were a major influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.[6]

The cover art was made by the band's bassist and singer Conrad "Cronos" Lant.[citation needed]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[7]
Sounds5/5 stars[8]


Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Bray/Dunn/Lant.

Side A ("Black")
1."Black Metal"3:40
2."To Hell and Back"3:00
3."Buried Alive"4:16
4."Raise the Dead"2:45
5."Teacher's Pet"4:41
Side B ("Metal")
6."Leave Me in Hell"3:33
8."Heaven's on Fire"3:40
9."Countess Bathory"3:44
10."Don't Burn the Witch"3:20
11."At War with Satan (preview)"2:14
Bonus tracks on 2002 CD reissue
12."Bursting Out (60 Min+ version)"2:58
13."Black Metal (Radio 1 session)"3:08
14."Nightmare (Radio 1 session)"3:27
15."Too Loud for the Crowd (Radio 1 session)"2:09
16."Bloodlust (Radio 1 session)"2:44
17."Die Hard (12" version)"3:06
18."Acid Queen (12" version)"2:31
19."Bursting Out (12" version)"2:59
20."Hounds of Hell (Outtake)"3:20
Bonus tracks on 2009 remastered edition
21."Bloodlust (7" Single A-Side, NEAT 13)"2:59
22."In Nomine Satanas (7" Single B-Side, NEAT 13)"3:26


  • Alchemist covered "Black Metal" for a tribute album.
  • Blitzkrieg covered "Countess Bathory" on their album Unholy Trinity.
  • Cradle of Filth covered the song "Black Metal" on the special edition of their album Cruelty and the Beast.
  • Dark Forest, a black metal band from Brazil, covered the song "Black Metal" on their demo Sodomized by Depraved Goat from 2003.
  • Dimmu Borgir covered the song "Black Metal", as the Japanese version bonus track on their album In Sorte Diaboli.
  • Heidenland covered "Black Metal" as a hidden track on the 1999 demo cassette Triomftocht voor de glorie van Wodan.
  • Hypocrisy did a cover of the song "Black Metal" on the album Osculum Obscenum.
  • Isegrim made a cover album called A Tribute to Venom.
  • Machetazo covered "Black Metal"; it appears on their compilation Ultratumba.
  • Mayhem, whose guitarist and bandleader Euronymous hailed Venom as an important black metal band, covered "Black Metal" on their Pure Fucking Armageddon demo.
  • Messiah Marcolin did a cover of "Countess Bathory".
  • Necrodeath made a cover of "Countess Bathory" on their album Draculea released in 2007.
  • Obituary covered "Buried Alive" for their greatest hits compilation, entitled Anthology.
  • Sigh covered multiple songs off of this album (as well as other Venom albums) on To Hell and Back: Sigh's Tribute to Venom in 1995, and on A Tribute to Venom in 2008, along with other EPs and splits.
  • The Soft Pink Truth, Drew Daniel of Matmos' house side project, covered the title track on his 2014 record Why Do The Heathen Rage?
  • Unleashed covered "Countess Bathory" on Shadows in the Deep.
  • Vader covered "Black Metal" on their album Necropolis.
  • Macabre covered "Countess Bathory" for their album Grim Scary Tales.
  • Warpath covered "Black Metal" for their album When War Begins.
  • Kazjurol covered "Countess Bathory" for their EP Body Slam.


  • Cronos – vocals, bass
  • Mantas – guitars
  • Abaddon – drums
  • Keith Nichol - producer, engineer


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  3. ^ Dome, Michael (2007). "Murder Music – A History of Black Metal". Rockworld TV. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. "Venom Biography". MusicMight. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  5. ^ Moynihan, Michael; Søderlind, Difdrik (1998). Lords of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Port Townsend, Washington, USA: Feral House. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-922915-48-4.
  6. ^ Moynihan, Michael; Søderlind, Difdrik (1998). Lords of Chaos – The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Port Townsend, Washington, USA: Feral House. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-922915-48-4.
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 395–396. ISBN 978-1894959315.
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