Five-piece Venom Prison have shared ‘Judges Of The Underworld’, the first song and video taken from their upcoming album ‘Erebos’, due 4th February, 2022 via Century Media Records.
The band comment,
“’Judges Of The Underworld’ deals with the crippling reality of people who face incarceration, who oftentimes are followed by violence over a lifetime. This violence can present itself as a dominating factor in a context of structural poverty and racial inequality, creating roles in an individual’s life where they are not only the victim, but also witness and offender at different times in different situations. But the violence we address in our courts and prisons is judged out of social context and can therefore not lead to a fair and personalised resolution for people who are stuck in a cycle of violence and systematic oppression.”
“It was important for us to visualise this feeling of isolation, anxiety, and repeated violence in the music video for ’Judges Of The Underworld’ and the idea was to show an individual that is stripped down to their basic needs and instincts. Consumed by their helplessness to navigate in an everyday situation, feeling isolated within themselves whilst going under in a sea of people that face similar conditions. This is where Thomas Coe Brooker comes in as a director and cinematographer, with his unique eye for detail he was able to bring out this combative helplessness and aggressiveness of said individual. He was able to convey the feeling of being alone in a crowd, suffering the same fate as many others, where isolation becomes your existence and a vicious cycle of your life at the hands of systematic violence.”
Disturbing, heavy, rampaging and delightfully melodic in places, ‘Judges…’ is an epic piece of metal that hits all the right spots. Larissa Stupar has a terrific vocal ability and the guitar partnership between Ash Gray and Ben Thomas is one of the best I have heard in some time. As a taster this puts the bands next album very high on my list.
Check it out, here