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Venom Prison “Defy the Tyrant” with Newly Re-Recorded Track


Upstart death metallers Venom Prison have returned with a new track, “Defy the Tyrant,” which is actually a new version of an old track. What’s more, they’ve announced new album, Primeval, which is a new version of not one, but two old EPs. Huzzah!

Don’t worry, VP superfans, there’s something entirely new for you, too: Primeval will feature re-recordings of tracks from the band’s early EPs, Defy The Tyrant and Primal Chaos, as well as two brand new tracks. But I imagine all of this material will feel new to the majority of Venom Prison’s fanbase who came on board with Animus (2016) or Samsara (2019).

The first track from Primeval is a re-working of “Defy The Tyrant,” featuring an accompanying video. Says the band of the track:

“This song is not only criticising organised religion and Christianity as a whole but also the ways in which it was spread across the whole world; resulting in genocide, rape, colonialism, slavery, misogyny and homophobia. It is this spirit of inherent superiority that characterised the attitude of the European nations as they expanded overseas, competing for colonial power and the conversion of ‘heathen’ natives. Rather than standing up against the trans-Atlantic slavery, the church helped perpetuate the practice, endeavouring to support slavery on biblical grounds. 

“‘Defy The Tyrant’ is as relevant today as it was five years ago. As long as there is a master in the sky, there will be slaves on earth.”

Primeval will be released by Prosthetic Records on October 9, pre-order here.

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