Venom Welcome to Hell
3.9 Ranking: #43 for 1981
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3.5 greatBrendan M. | July 5th 14

Venom has always been a band I loved and hated at the same time. They had killer riffs, perfect music for headbanging, and an intense, heavy sound that hadn't been heard before. But, they were so damn cheesy, ridiculous, and one-dimensional. Their songs generally seemed to stick with riffs, Satanic lyricism, and lo-fi production. With that said, their debut album Welcome to Hell is a rather satisfying listen due to it's easily digestible (at least today) heaviness, strong arsenal of riffage, and perfectly intense sound for metalheads everywhere. Although, the songs are generally one-dimensional, rely solely on riffs and shock value, and have a lo-fi sound that may dissatisfy some. But, this is still a very important album in the development of the Black Metal we have today, so I would be a fool to call it unimportant. In terms of overall enjoyment though, it still packs a raw punch in the face with plenty of riffs to satisfy any metalhead, despite it's one-dimensional sound.

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0.0 RYMsfullofscenesters | October 11th 13

Sometimes it sounds like a bunch of bricks in a washing machine compared to the more nuanced, slippery rawness of Black Metal, but it's good anyway.

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3.0 goodaustin888 | October 20th 10

I'm not a big fan of black metal (the genre) and this album doesn't change my mind. Well, it sorta does. Kind of. I will say that it is a heck of a lot of fun. Kind of like a satanic Motorhead, albeit less musically talented.

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4.5 superbevilcrusher | November 15th 09

Listening to awesome albums like Welcome To Hell kinda makes me sad, knowing that Venom will never put out an album this good again, ever.

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0.0 wexenhex | November 6th 08

not very technical, poorly produced, but very blasphemous, highly influential early NWOBHM-ish speed metal. before Slayer reigned in blood, these were the guys to look for!

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0.0 Inflames | January 16th 07

Venom has never been called a "talented" band, but they must be credited with birthing extreme metal. The term "Black Metal" came from them. This is a very raw album, I dont think there are any touch ups, and that is why I like it.

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