"Black Metal" is the second album by heavy metal band Venom and was released in 1982 during the new wave of British heavy metal. Recording sessions for the album were quick and took place over a seven-day period. This album sees Venom build upon their extreme sound, featuring their signature "three-minute bashers”, while also exploring the bands theatrical and cinematic side. The album "Black Metal" is often described as speed metal, thrash metal, and extreme metal, and was a major influence on the early Norwegian black metal scene.
Venom is an English heavy metal band formed in 1978. Coming to the forefront towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums are considered major influences on thrash metal and extreme metal still to this day. The band's music helped shape the development of many thrash metal bands, specifically the "Big Four", who in turn were highly influential: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth. The bands all went on various tours together over the years.