“There was a point in time when it was hard to deny the absolute power of Venom’s Black Metal record. The abrasive rawness of this album is still unparalleled to a large degree.
“I first bought the album for the cover alone, but the music and the words got me. I’d never heard a band sing about basic Satanism in such a pure, direct way. There’s nothing tricky about what they do, and that’s why they’re great. They nail it.
“Sonically and lyrically, the band was virtually alone when they put this out. The sound of the music and the production was hot to the needle. The first time I heard it, I felt sick inside, but it was a sickness I didn’t mind revisiting. I knew that listening to Venom was an extremely important, special experience.”