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Venom Prison Tease 'Erebos' With New Track Judges Of The Underworld

Thursday, 04 November 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Andy Ford

Venom Prison have shared the first single from their recently announced new album.

Judges Of The Underworld serves as the first preview of 'Erebos', due out on February 4 via Century Media, marking the death metal band's first studio full-length since 'Samsara', which came out back in 2019.

Aggressive, uncompromising and packed with nasty, swirling guitar solos, thundering drum fills, and throat-shredding vocals, the track is currently available on digital streaming platforms. Its accompanying video is set to premiere at 5pm GMT on YouTube. The band said:

"Judges Of The Underworld deals with the crippling reality of people who face incarceration, who often times 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."

Commenting on the video, they added: "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."


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