WEEK 192 – VENOM PRISON

My HeadBangers welcome from South Wales, UK the Death Metal Band:

VENOM PRISON

“Pain Of Oizys”

“Nemesis”

Let’s look at some bio on these guys & girl:

Venom Prison is a Welsh Death Metal Band. Stephen Hill of Metal Hammer described their second album as “2019’s most anticipated extreme metal albums.  Their lead vocalist Larissa Stupar was described by Kerrang! as “metal’s most important – and uncompromising – voice”.  The band has released four studio albums.

Let’s look at some history on this band, you know I love the history…

In 2015, former Wolf Down vocalist, Larissa Stupar (born in Russia), moved to Wales, where she met Ash Gray of “brutality Will Prevail”, with whom she would begin writing music. They coined the name “Venom Prison” as it was “the most metal name they could imagine”. The pair released the demo EP Defy the Tyrant in 2015, before recruiting Ben Thomas to play lead guitar and Joe Sheehy to play drums, along with bass guitarist Mike Jeffries. This line-up released the 2015 EP The Primal Chaos.

The band released their debut studio album on October 14, 2016 entitled Animus. The album was released to critical acclaim.  On July 7, 2017 the band released a music video for “Perpetrator Emasculation” from Animus.  The band were set to support “Decapitated” on their November 2017 European tour. Following the arrest of all four members of Decapitated’s line-up for allegations of rape, Venom Prison cancelled their shows with the band. (Holy Shit I didn’t know that DAMN)!  In August 2018, the band joined Dying Fetus, Toxic Holocaust and Goatwhore on their European tour.  In May and June 2019, the band toured Europe, beginning in Germany and ending in the UK, opening for Fit for an Autopsy.  

Their second studio album, Samsara was released on 15 March 2019.  On March 21, 2019, the band announced a collaboration with American streetwear brand The Hundreds.

Venom Prison’s third album Primeval, a collection of re-recorded early material, was released on October 9, 2020.

On December 10, 2020, Venom Prison announced on social media that they had been signed to Century Media Records, and the band had begun recording their next studio album. The album, titled Erebos, was released on February 4, 2022.  Venom Prison performed on the Main Stage at Bloodstock 2021. 

The band is generally described as death metal, featuring elements of hardcore punk and grindcore. In an article for Metal Hammer by Stephen Hill, they were described as “part-death metal/part-hardcore”.  Their lyrics are generally based around political and social topics such as misogyny, rape culture, fascism, mental health and organized religion. The members have cited influences including Carcass,  Napalm Death and Metallica.  Frontwoman Larissa Stupar has described her past involvement in anti-fascist and animal rights activism as inspiring the political content of Venom Prison’s music.

Let’s meet the band:

Larissa Stupar – Lead Vocals (2015-present)

Ash Gray – Guitar (2015-present)

Ben Thomas – Guitar (2015-present)

Mike Jefferies – Bass (2015-present)

Joe Bills – Drums (2019-present)

I also wanted to post this, it’s from Larrisa to all their fans, this was posted on their FB site last June:

It is with great sadness that we’d like to inform you that we decided to cancel all our upcoming performances for 2022.  During my pregnancy I have made plans to make festivals and shows possible for Venom Prison. I have now realized that I was being too ambitious and was putting too much pressure on myself to make things happen while navigating motherhood for the very first time.
Ash, Ben, Mike and Joe have worked really hard to return back on stage while trying to accommodate my situation. And I am very grateful for their support and understanding. We really tried but my son and family need me full time at the moment.
We are going to focus on the creative side of things for now before we can start playing shows again. This means we have more new material on the horizon and other positives to focus on – Larissa
“My Thoughts”
First off I have to say that I give much respect to the men in the band for working to keep things together while Larissa is bringing a lil metalhead into the world.  It’s not easy, you guys deserve a big thank you from everyone. 
Now for Larissa, I have heard many many vocalist and I have to tell you your vocals are right up there at the top girl.  Keep going don’t let anything stop you.  I love their music and how they have all stuck together.  All my HeadBangers check them out you won’t be sorry.
That’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

KALLFRONT – SWEDEN

I had to put this out there because I LOVE THIS BAND…..

“Biter”

I love their sound and the hard, fast slamming of their music.  Check them out, I mean listen to them OMG!!!!

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

My HeadBangers we are getting closer to Christmas with every week that goes by.  I have picked 3 bands this week 2 I’ve seen live in Finland and 1 that I wish I had lol.  So get ready, I hope these help get you through what’s left of this week.

THY CATAFALQUE

“Fekete Mezók”

This is a live performance in 2021, this is the band I have not seen but wish I had.

Thy Catafalque” is an avant-garde metal band formed in Makó, Hungary, later based in Edinburgh, Scotland, after the relocation of its founder.

AMORPHIS

“On The Dark Waters”

What can I say about Amorphis that I have not said before.  I saw them live at Tuska 2019.  They are one of the best bands on this planet, to me at least and millions of other HeadBangers.  Tomi Joutsen, who has been their lead vocalist since 2005, is one of the best growl and clean vocalist I’ve heard.  He can slide back and forth between the two without missing a beat.  He also is one of the best frontmen in Metal.  So there is my opinion on that subject. LOL.

STAM1NA

“Enkelinmurskain”

This is my number 2.  I also saw them live at Tuska 2019.  They get a hell of a mosh pit going on too, which I avoided as much as possible.  I love these guys and their hair moshing kills me.  But listen to the energy in their music, even now I can see them as if it were yesterday.  Some bands just stay with you for life don’t they.

Well there you go my picks for this week.  Only 2 more days, you can make it.  Think of a gig you went to and of your favorite bands, you will slide through the rest of the week, I promise.  See you Friday for the Band of the Week.  Have a good one…..

 

WEEK 191 – NOTHING NEW IN HEAVEN

My HeadBangers please welcome from Reims, France the Melodic Death Metal Band:

NOTHING NEW IN HEAVEN

“Of Passion and Pain”

“Sons of Deadwood”

Let’s look at some bio given to me by founder Alexandre Hoerner:

Founded in 2010 by Alexandre Hoerner who is the guitarist.  Alexandre said his influences were bands such as Children of Bodem, Norther and Wintersun.

In 2020, the project finally materialized with the introduction of Simon Cousin’s brutal and rhythmic vocals, and the shared ambition of making music that was powerful, efficient and strewn with classical, bluesy and pagan touches.

A fun fact:  Alexandre and Simon met on a bus in Finland after the last Children of Bodom concert.  Simon was originally meant to participate in the first EP only, but he joined the project as the official vocalist.

Finland it is said, is the capitol of the metal world.  I would have to agree on that.  There is always a gig going on and Helsinki is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to and I have been to a lot.  

Why does Finland have the most metal bands?

One of the main reasons is that they sing in English, which helps them reach a much wider audience than the bands singing only in Finnish. Finland now has some 70 metal bands per 100,000 people, outnumbering all other European nations.  This was as of  September 22, 2019, that’s when I was there.  I can only see it growing more since then.

Let’s meet these 2 Frenchmen who have this melodic death metal going strong:

 
 

The guy with the guitar is of course Alexandre Hoerner.  He plays guitar, bass, drum and keyboard programming, and lyrics.

And picture number 3 with the Riff T-shirt is Simon Cousin the vocalist.  I have to say that he really has the growl vocals down.  Also, I’ve been to the Riff and if you ever get to Helsinki you have to go there.  It is owned by 69 Eyes drummer Jussi 69 as he is know.

The first EP entitled “Of Passion and Pain” has been available since April 17, 2022, as a Digipak containing a 4-page booklet.  It features 5 tracks, I’ve heard them all and it is really great.  You can hear them at:

https://nothingnewinheaven.bandcamp.com

“Dead Or Dying”

My thoughts:

For a 2 man band I have to say you would never know it.  They have the sound of a full 4-5 man band.  It’s amazing what they can do today with the technology that’s out here.  Then again there is nothing like watching a band live, hopefully they will come out with some music videos that they appear in, I think that would be awesome.  Hopefully we will hear more from them soon.

Well that’s it for this week my HeadBangers.  Join me next week for another band and another song.  In the meantime don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..

 

HUMP DAY – WE’RE ALMOST THERE…

HELLO MY HEADBANGERS, another week almost gone and only 6 weeks till Christmas, damn time flies doesn’t it.  Well here are 3 bands I’ve picked for this week, I hope they get your blood running and help you make it these next couple of days.

SAKIS TOLIS

“Ancestral Whispers”

I love Sakis and whenever I hear him you know I’m going to post it.  That’s just how this woman works.  Besides this just came out about 2 weeks ago.  Listen to that rhythm and those vocals, be still my heart.

STORMRULER

“Upon Frozen Shores”

Formed in 2019, these guys are from St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  They have blown me away with their music, I still can’t believe they are right across the state line from me.  This just out 3 weeks ago.

SWANSONG

“Lovely Bones”

This one really threw me, they are from Finland, I wouldn’t have guessed it.  I was thinking Norway, boy I was wrong but, Finland is close to Norway.   I love how she does her face, it’s perfect.  These guys have to be on the Blog soon.

Well my HeadBangers there you go, I hope your week goes quickly.  Meet me back here Friday for the weekly band.  

 

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