Vs. Tuesday: Two Bands! One Song! Who Wins?! FIGHT. Venom.

Paying tribute to a band from Newcastle upon Tyne who essentially formed a cornerstone foundation block of influence for not only Black Metal and Death Metal but also early 80’s Thrash in Venom, today’s head to head that is Vs. Tuesday has been a long time coming. We simply don’t have enough fingers or toes to count the number of bands who have covered their music, let alone cited them as an influence and not just small names either. House hold ones like Obituary, Vader and Hypocrisy. Our choice has to be from 1982’s “Black Metal“, the title track no less, a tongue in cheek humored affair with knowing lyrics “Black is the night, metal we fight Power amps set to explode. Energy screams, magic and dreams Satan records the first note. We chime the bell, chaos and hell Metal for maniacs pure. Faster than steel, fortune on wheels Brain hemorrhage is the cure. For BLACK METAL Lay down your souls to the gods rock ‘n roll…

So first up in the Red corner, we have Suffolk Extreme Metallers Cradle of Filth who recorded their version for the special edition of their 1998 record “Cruelty and the Beast“, a concept album based on the legend of the Hungarian “blood countess” Elizabeth Báthory, alongside versions of works by Iron Maiden and Sodom. Secondly, in the Blue corner we have Norwegian Symphonic Black Metallers Dimmu Borgir who covered the song as the Japanese version bonus track on their album “In Sorte Diaboli“. Held aloft as their first concept album and taking its title from the Latin “In league with the Devil” and received critical acclaim upon it’s 2007 release. Who wins? You decide!

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