09 October 2020



Pulverising death metal juggernauts VENOM PRISON have today shared crushing new song Slayer Of Holofernes and its accompanying official video.
Kerrang! describes the track as, “an overwhelming torrent of riffs, and a captivating chorus that sounds like it’s emanating from a lake of fire.”
Slayer Of Holofernes is included on new album Primeval, released today via Prosthetic Records, which combines re-recordings of two early EPs, Defy The Tyrant and The Primal Chaos, plus two new tracks.
The band elaborate, “Primeval is a collage of different releases that are interwoven with a reinterpretation of religious imagery and criticism. Slayer of Holofernes follows that theme. The scene from the book of Judith, follows the protagonist’s character and actions as a challenge to the dominant patriarchal narrative within religious writings.
We wanted to create a connection between this powerful tale and the art that Eliran Kantor has created for ‘Primeval’ through the use of water, depicting Larissa in an ethereal way and through inflicting pain via various methods of water torture on the male character.”
Since 2016, VENOM PRISON have gone from strength to strength; debut full length Animus catapulted them into the consciousness and record collections of discerning death metal fans the world over. Their follow up release in 2019, Samsara, solidified them as a serious force to be reckoned with in the world of metal, paving the way for a string of high profile shows and festival slots around the globe. On Primeval, VENOM PRISON revisit the earliest days of the band, capturing the same intensity and visceral energy they possessed from day one and adding an additional layer of sophistication to their sound by re-recording, re-mixing, and re-mastering those old favourites with producer Tom Dring in late 2019, and adding two new songs as a hint to the future. Artwork is again handled by Eliran Kantor.
Primeval is available now on CD, LP, and digitally. Order here.
Press Opinion on Primeval:
“Venom Prison have been responsible for some of the most energising extreme music of recent years. Primeval is blistering death metal rooted in the horror of everyday violence and injustice.” – The Guardian 4/5
“These bulldozing 2020 versions could level Mount Olympus itself. While Venom Prison’s past is exhilarating, their future looks like it will be even more exciting.” – Metal Hammer 8/10
“A concussively coherent retrospective. When play resumes, Venom Prison will be regrouped, reloaded and ready to continue their campaign of righteous terror.” – Kerrang! KKKK
“This cements the fact they aren’t going to be kicked off their ladder to becoming one of the death metal titans. Just like everything else they have released, Primeval is a record that bulldozes everything in its path.” – Distorted Sound 8/10
“Primeval is a rare beast in coming such a short way into their career… One of the most important, and best, bands in metal right now.” – Noizze 8/10
“‘Primeval’ is a statement from a band on the cusp of greatness. Venom Prison are heirs to the extreme metal throne and it won’t be long before they take their rightful place atop the genre.” – The Razor’s Edge
“The raw aggression and passion explode in your brain like a volcano… Venom Prison are one of the most exciting bands in the world and are the now and the future of Death Metal.” – Rock N Load 10/10
VENOM PRISON have announced tentative European touring plans for Jan/Feb 2021. As safety continues to be of the utmost importance, the 22 headline dates across 8 countries remain subject to the global pandemic situation. Special guests are Creeping Death and Leeched. Tickets are on sale now from http://smarturl.it/VenomPrisonTickets.
Dates are as follows:
Fri 22nd Jan – UK, BIRMINGHAM Castle & Falcon
Sat 23rd Jan – UK, LEEDS Key Club
Sun 24th Jan – UK, GLASGOW G2
Mon 25th Jan – UK, MANCHESTER Rebellion
Tue 26th Jan – UK, NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Wed 27th Jan – UK, BRISTOL The Fleece
Thu 28th Jan – UK, SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Fri 29th Jan – UK, LONDON Underworld
Sat 30th Jan – NETHERLANDS, TILBURG Little Devil
Sun 31st Jan – GERMANY, HAMBURG Hafenklang
Mon 1st Feb – GERMANY, LEIPZIG Neumanns
Tue 2nd Feb – POLAND, WARSAW Poglos
Wed 3rd Feb – GERMANY, HANNOVER Faust
Thu 4th Feb – GERMANY, KESSEL Goldgrube
Fri 5th Feb – GERMANY, BERLIN Cassiopeia
Sat 6th Feb – CZECH REPUBLIC, OSTRAVA Barrak Music Club
Sun 7th Feb – AUSTRIA, VIENNA Viper Room
Mon 8th Feb – GERMANY, MUNICH Backstage
Wed 10th Feb – GERMANY, KÖLN MTC
Thu 11th Feb – GERMANY, KARLSRUHE Stadtmitte
Fri 12th Feb – BELGIUM, HASSELT Muziekodroom