Venom Prime Evil UNDER ONE FLAG English Release 12" VINYL LP ALBUM

"Prime Evil by Venom: A landmark album showcasing the band's growth, with a shift in sound and lyrical themes, and significant influence on metal music."


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Detailed Description:

Prime Evil is the sixth studio album by the British heavy metal band Venom. It was released in 1989, during a time when the band was experiencing a significant change in their lineup and musical direction. The album marks the departure of Cronos, the band's original vocalist and bassist, and the introduction of Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan as the new vocalist and bassist. Prime Evil also features the return of original guitarist Mantas, who had left the band a few years earlier. This web-page aims to analyze the album's musical content, lyrics, and overall significance in the history of metal music.

The album's musical content differs significantly from Venom's earlier works. Prime Evil features a more polished and refined sound, with a focus on groove and melody. The band's earlier works were characterized by their raw and abrasive sound, but Prime Evil showcases a more mature and refined sound. The album's opening track, "Prime Evil," sets the tone for the rest of the album with its catchy riffs and memorable chorus. The album also features slower, more atmospheric tracks like "Carnivorous" and "The Evil One." The guitar work on Prime Evil is particularly noteworthy, with Mantas delivering some of his most memorable riffs and solos.

Lyrically, Prime Evil is a departure from Venom's earlier works, which were characterized by their Satanic and occult themes. Instead, Prime Evil explores themes of violence, horror, and the darker side of humanity. The album's title track deals with the horrors of war, while "Megiddo" explores the biblical concept of Armageddon. "Carnivorous" and "At War With Satan" delve into the human capacity for violence and evil. Despite the change in lyrical themes, Venom's trademark sense of macabre humor is still present, as evidenced in tracks like "Skeletal Dance" and "Dirge / The Awakening."

Prime Evil represents a significant shift in Venom's sound and lyrical content. It marked the departure of Cronos, the band's founding member and primary songwriter, and introduced a new vocalist and bassist. The album's more polished sound and refined songwriting demonstrated the band's growth as musicians. While some fans were initially skeptical of the changes, Prime Evil has since become a fan favorite and is regarded as one of the band's best works. The album's influence can be seen in the rise of the death metal and black metal genres, which were heavily influenced by Venom's earlier works.


Music Genre:

NWOBHM, New Wave Of British Heavy Metal 

Collector's info: 

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos of the Venom band

Production information:

Produced Nick Tauber & Kevin Ridley, Published by Filmtrax Plc

Kevin Ridley is a music producer, sound engineer and musician. He is from Newcastle On Tyre ( the center of the NWOBHM ) . During the 1980s he has produced / engineered music albums for bands heavy metal bands like Atomkraft, Cronos, Slutt, Tallion, Toronaga, Venom, War Machine.

Nick Tauber - Producer, Sound Engineer
Barry Clempson - Sound Engineer
Steve Bray - Sound Engineer
Andrew Horsfield - Photographer

Record Label Information:

Under One Flag FLAG 36

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 220 gram  

Year and Country:

1989 Made in England  
Track Listing of: Venom Prime Evil NWOBHM

The Song/tracks on "Venom Prime Evil NWOBHM" are

    Side One:
  • Prime Evil
  • Parasite
  • Blackened Are the Priests
  • Carnivorous
  • Skeletal Dance
    Side Two:
  • Megalomania
  • Insane
  • Harder Than Ever
  • Into the Fire
  • Skool Daze
Album cover photos of : Venom Prime Evil NWOBHM
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Photo of Venom Prime Evil NWOBHM Album's Inner Cover  

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Note: the above pictures are actual photos of the album and allow you to judge the quality of cover. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.