Venom release Welcome to Hell

Welcome to Hell is the December 1981 debut album by the English heavy metal band Venom.

The sound of the album was very noisy and rough, perhaps in part because the band thought they were recording a demo when they recorded the album over a period of only three days. Geoff Barton stated in his 1981 five-star review of Welcome to Hell the album had "the hi-fi dynamics of a 50-year-old pizza" and it "brought a new meaning to the word 'cataclysmic'". However, those comments compared it to other heavy metal from the early eighties.

The album is often described as "speed metal", although it had a great influence on the then-emerging thrash metal style.

The first vinyl pressing included a poster and a pink lyrics sheet.