Venom
At War With Satan


4.0
excellent

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
May 1st, 2007 | 19 replies | 9,990 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I was impressed, to say the least.

What are Venom known for? Well, they coined the phrase "Black Metal", they're one of the godfathers of the genre, not to mention the godfathers of extreme metal. So Venom are pretty famous right? They must be up there with some of the greats! Right? Wrong. Venom may not be Iron Maiden, Opeth, or even Celtic Frost, but they are a great band.

At War With Satan, one of their early releases, is a great album, mainly because of the twenty minute title track epic. Now, I first heard this on tape in a van that my dad was driving while his car was in the shop getting repaired. He grabbed a bunch of tapes(Slayer's Reign In Blood, Suicidal Tendencies' self-titled, and others) that basically changed my life. If not for cassette tapes, I'd be listening to Zeppelin everyday. One of these tapes was Venom's At War With Satan, a heavy and epic heavy metal roller-coaster that I greatly enjoyed.

This album begins with the twenty minute title track, an epic roller-coaster ride of pure metal with almost no dull moments. While listening to this, I kept waiting for the next track, but it's hard to tell when the track changes with a car tape player that doesn't tell you the info. After sitting for about twelve minutes, I had no idea that all of this was one song. The vocals were good and not too growly. The track was fast and thrashy with no stopping points whatsoever. The musicianship was not spectacular at all, but it was still all very impressive. The guitars were loud and thrashy, and the drums were fast. The bass, however, simply just blended in with the guitars and drums. The song kept going on and on, and when the track was over, I had been blown away. I was sure that there would be another great epic next, but I was wrong. The next songs aren't too long at all, but are still impressive and fast metal songs, carrying all of the good elements of the title track. The song titles, however, are mildly stupid. "Woman" and "Women, Leather and Hell" are retarded song titles to say the least, but they fit with the content of the songs themselves. "Genocide" is a great track, with elements of the epic "At War With Satan", but it has a short length. However, the track is still impressive and heavy. While I was listening to this, I noticed something: This is a fun album. With song titles such as "Aaaaargghh", we know that these guys must not be afraid to be mildly stupid. The musicianship isn't overly complex, and it's not so dark and heavy to the point of annoying me.

One of my main complaints though, is that all of the songs, except the title track of course, have very small lengths. But, that does not stop this from being a great metal album. Slayer's Reign In Blood is a classic, and the longest track on that masterpiece(Perhaps "classic" would be more appropriate?) is five minutes long. This is short, fast, thrash metal, and that is all it is meant to be.

So, all in all, Venom's third album, 1983's At War With Satan, is not a classic, but it is still a fun and fast thrash metal album fused with speed metal and black metal. The vocals are impressive and not too growly and screaming(like early Trivium). The guitar and drums are fast and loud, and they go right along with the song and fit perfectly. The twenty minute "At War With Satan" is a classic track that will simply blow you away. This is an insanely enjoyable album, and a good album to start with if you're interested in thrash metal I suppose. I don't exactly know if this is very accessible, but if you can find it, buy it, because how much could it be? Six dollars?

Pros:
+ Fast musicianship that flows
+ Vocals aren't too screaming or dinosaur-ish(RAWR!)
+ Title track is classic

Cons:
- Song titles
- Short length of songs, besides the title track
- Bass isn't spectacular

RECOMMENDED

~4/5~



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HotSalvation
May 1st 2007



258 Comments


the title is At War with Satan but there's an upside down cross on the cover?

doesn't make any sense. choose your side. make your stand. drink some beer. buy the ticket. Take the ride.

HotSalvation
May 1st 2007



258 Comments


damn I feel crazier sober than I do not so.
your dad sounds pretty cool, so does opeth on vinyl.

they better have opened up track 7 everytime by screaming their lungs out. i don't think the titles are con's at all.

antihippy
May 2nd 2007



696 Comments


you have a cool dad.

EDIT: and lol at "dinasourish".This Message Edited On 05.02.07

TheHamburgerman
May 2nd 2007



1283 Comments


track 7 has one of the dumbest song names ever.

Confessed2005
May 2nd 2007



3314 Comments


Althouth this sounds dumb, I have heard a couple of tracks and it doesn't sound too bad.

rattlehead42147
May 2nd 2007



1345 Comments


is this one as good as black metal?

kalkal50
May 2nd 2007



2386 Comments


Hm is this black metal?

Slaapkamers
May 2nd 2007



596 Comments


Venom weren't black metal.

Wizard
May 5th 2007



19206 Comments


Nice review, good album but not as solid as Metal Black. How is Celtic Frost famous? Just curious.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

rattlehead42147
May 5th 2007



1345 Comments


when I asked if this was as good as black metal i meant the venom album, not the genre. venom might as well be black metal, they laid the foundation with the image, the low tuning, the lyrical themes, and the attitude. Not to mention, they coined the term black metal. by most standards, yeah they're pretty much speed metal/heavy metal.

DoughBoy69
May 7th 2007



17 Comments


You said it was black metal at the beginning and near the end you said it was thrash. Just saying.

Terrifyer
August 24th 2010



3403 Comments


the title track rules but the others arent very good... a 3 is generous imo

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 9th 2011



1837 Comments


Didn't think this was as good as the first two albums, but it still manages to have some great songs on here! The last song 'Aaaaarghhhhh' is a bit silly in my opinion....but i guess you can't blame a band for having a bit of fun:P

KILL
March 5th 2012



70363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a fun listen

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

jet22
February 5th 2013



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Women, Leather and Hell" is the dumbest song name ever...this record is just ok, nothing great whatsoever, but not that bad either

Moople
June 22nd 2013



228 Comments


rip dethtrasher

manosg
October 20th 2013



5675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might prefer this one over Black Metal.

Digging: Donovan - Sunshine Superman

pedro70512
June 3rd 2014



2401 Comments


"the title is At War with Satan but there's an upside down cross on the cover?"

I've always read it as "At War Alongside Satan."

manosg
June 4th 2014



5675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The t/t is awesome on this one.



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