From the outset of this album you know Venom Prison means business.
Getting straight into their brand of modern death metal with ‘Matriphagy’ tearing at the speakers, they show through a short burst of guitar squeal that despite their recent rise through the underground ranks that they’re not going to tone down.
Samsara continues apace, tearing at its own flesh, thrashing and weaving through Larissa Stupar’s vocals. Paying homage to bands like Cattle Decapitation with their at times barely restrained full blast psychotic musical episodes — ‘Uterine Industrialisation’ we are looking at you here — veering from complete death metal to hardcore in a beat and back again. It is, however, the vocalist’s new found, ahem, vocal abilities that are the biggest attraction here. After the debut album sat a while, the lyrics were great but something about the vocals felt restrained. Here, Stupar has been let completely off the leash and found a whole new world that just adds menace to the proceedings.
After the first half, Samsara takes a dark turn towards black metal territory as Venom Prison attempt to prove they are more than a 73 trick pony and add a couple of more kicks into the mix. Apparent immediately with ‘Asura’s Realm’ the dense production of has lifted just enough to allow the tremolo picking and higher pitched screams room to breathe.
The second half comes together completely on ‘Implementing the Metaphysics of Morals’ as the music pulsates beneath layered vocals that help to show just how far the vocal focus has moved across this album, continuing as is plays out through its closing stages with ‘Naraka’ and the dense multilayered everything that wraps it up.
Venom Prison have taken the listener through the ultra violent reality of life itself in all of its gory details, facing up to the challenge of the backing up their superb debut album Animus with an even heavier and far more focused effort, one that doesn’t waver in any of the directions it attempts. The last time a band caught so much of this listener’s attention was Cattle Decapitation, with a similar heavy grind and vocalist acrobatics that generally seem humanly impossible.
- Megillus & Leana
- Uterine Industrialisation
- Self Inflicted Violence
- Deva’s Enemy
- Asura’s Realm
- Sadistic Rituals
- Implementing The Metaphysics of Morals