Venom – Welcome To Hell (1981)
1. “Sons of Satan”
2. “Welcome to Hell”
4. “Mayhem with Mercy”
6. “Live Like an Angel (Die Like a Devil)”
7. “Witching Hour”
8. “One Thousand Days in Sodom”
9. “Angel Dust”
10. “In League with Satan”
11. “Red Light Fever”
This trio of unruly Satan-devoted Geordie’s were single-handedly responsible for birthing each and every key sub-genre of the 1980s. From thrash to speed metal, black metal, and, of course, death metal, it’s all Venom‘s fault….and we’re eternally grateful!
Taking everything to the extreme, Venom took rock and metal by the throat and shook harsher vocals, an obsession with Satanism and the occult, and spine-severing tempos out of its bloodied corpse and everyone who would go on to play a part in death metal’s eventual resurgence was listening.
If Venom taught the metal world anything it was that to create something new, you had to go harder, faster and not give two shits about what people thought of you…and anyone with an interest in taking metal to its extremes would go on to take a leaf out of Venom’s devilish book!