8. Venom Welcome To Hell (1981)

No list even mentioning the words “Heavy Metal” would be complete without Venom, musically and artistically. Without Venom, we wouldn’t have a lot of nothing these days. Really, if you get down to it, this album is an influential to heavy metal as anything Black Sabbath ever released, just not as well known outside of their fan base. I remember picking up a vinyl copy of this when I was a kid and automatically went, “damn it, this is what has been missing from my badly drawn Pentagram’s all this time.” I think I went on to adorn every school desk for years to come with this logo. Conrad Lant is the genius behind all the artwork.

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