This will, I think, manage to appease both sides:
From Are You Morbid? by Tom G. Fischer
“Our drummer is perhaps 15 and I am 17 when we make a pilgrimage to London. We simply have to go. After one or two days, though, we are completely broke -- we have bought the latest NWOBHM singles and the first two issues of a new magazine called Kerrang! This trip changes much. I’ve made the mistake of discovering a single by a band that looks even more outlandish and heavier than Motorhead: Venom."
"…Our singer begins to skip rehearsals, and Steve turns out to be the only guy who’s as fanatical as me and listens to the same radically heavy stuff, so he stands in as the vocalist. He can’t really sing, and that’s why we now start to resemble Venom more closely."
"…Our new thing is a three piece, believing that ‘only trios can be heavy’. Motorhead, Venom, Raven – they all have it, so we want to have it too. As absurd as this is, the period that follows in the next two years represents both the time I will later relish least in my musical career and also the time during which we create work that enables us to sign a recording contract."
“So far, Hellhammer have mostly copied the short-sighted approach of our idols Veom, following their pattern of writing asinine lyrics for the sake of extremity. I will later often wonder how we could have sunk so damned low to write such brainless material, why we went through that period as ignorant morons."
"A contemporary notion that isn’t entirely unjustified is that satanic themes in heavy rock are widespread enough to be considered an issue by the observant part of society in 1985…It casts a very unfavourable light onto the form of music we are a part of and fuels our determination to succeed on a much more challenging, perhaps intellectual level. As part of our project goes, we often publicly criticize such tendencies. We are entitled to comment: we have – still extremely bleak in ideas ourselves – strayed into this area, too, when early Hellhammer copied Venom to appear desperately more extreme."