Venom – Black Metal (1982)
exemplary artwork by sarca @ caughtmegaming
Into the Black Artist #1: Venom
(Dedicated to HMO!)
Future Top 5 list: Top 5 eccentric recurring TV characters.
For such a list, Richmond from the IT Crowd would surely be a contender.
The man whose life changed upon hearing Cradle of Filth:
Now “The Filth” are not on the 1001 but I gather they were among the countless bands influenced by Venom.
Would Venom be my Cradle of Filth? Would I be similarly transformed upon hearing Black Metal? Am I the new Richmond?
As it turns out, none of the above.
But even if I haven’t undergone a major style/lifestyle transformation à la Richmond, I like Venom!
To metal fans, the comparison may seem ludicrous, but my Black Metal experience reminded me of my Ace of Spades immersion.
Both were power trios featuring a bassist lead singer, growling over fast fretwork & frantic drumming.
Each opened with a terrific, urgent title track and each opener ended abruptly (and terrifically).
Now I can’t say I relate to 100% of the lyrics on either, nor have I led any Black Metal family sing-alongs (yet) at the dinner table.
Family sing-alongs of Ace of Spades did happen growing up however, or at least the chorus when the card in question was played during a card game!
As I said. metal fans may bristle at the Motörhead/Venom comparison.
After all, Lemmy & friends tend to be classified as ‘speed metal’ and it appears Venom might be more extreme/black/thrash metal.
The wikipedia page on extreme metal is particularly particular regarding genres. As a visual arts fan I thought, hey, this might make a neat flowchart. Alas, I found I was exhausted just scrolling through the list.
But as my blogging colleague Bruce sagely reminded me recently, it is the fans & critics that obsess over classifications. Musicians make music.
Save yourself the exhaustion of trying to figure out what specific categorization of metal Venom produced here.
Stick to enjoying the energizing music instead.