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on 11 February 2011
Concept albums are like potholes in the street no matter how you try to ignore them the fact remains they exist, Venom pulled this off in 1984 with the release of their 3rd album 'At war with satan' on the eager public.
To be honest with you the 'concept' is of the opening track only titled 'At war with satan', which is a ferociously (albiet sloppy) near 20 minute opener. Venom's producer Keith nichol had recieved critiscism with many feeling that he didnt give the track the extra dimension it needed.
the other songs on the album are alot better such as 'Rip ride'(wich does exactly what it says on the tin) 'genocide' 'cry wolf' 'stand up and be counted' 'women leather and hell'(which sounds like a deadly combination on anyones languauge) and 'Aaaaarrgghh' which is just plain silly.
But why couldnt this album take venom to the next level, because it should have been the album the shrug off the fast rising thrash metal bands like Metalllica and Slayer who were ready to pounce of the old innovaters if they faultered. But commerecially it wasnt their big break, it sold well enough but there was a feeling from alot of people that it could have been alot better.
Even now in 2011 the frustrations still linger because...well because it could have been so much more. At war with satan is venoms most frustrating album because it wasnt as good as it should have been, However when venom toured america people suddenly realised the the songs on 'At war' was some of the finest songs venom had written, and it says so much for the band that their hotly touted support band Slayer (who were banging their heads in the front row) could even come close to the fury and focus than venom displayed nigh after night.
so 'At war with satan' a glorious failier then? thats very harsh, just make up your own mind.