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Venom Prison Announce New Release, Stream Re-Recorded “Defy the Tyrant”


Venom Prison will release a new offering, Primeval, on October 9 via Prosthetic Records. The 11-track album will feature re-recordings of tracks from their early EPs, Defy the Tyrant and Primal Chaos, as well as two brand new tracks.

The first single is a re-recorded version of the title track from Defy the Tyrant. Says the band of the song:

“This song is not only criticizing organized 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 characterized 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, endeavoring 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.”

Explaining their decision to re-record vintage material, the band adds:

Primeval is a snapshot of the earlier days of Venom Prison, simpler times where we locked ourselves in a room for days on end to create the early incarnation of what would be our first collection of songs. Our first release/demo Defy the Tyrant was subsequently born, and we never thought this would lead onto being picked up by Prosthetic Records or touring the world. This became a starting gun for touring and festivals in between the studio to write, including what would become Primal Chaos. Given the current climate and the global pandemic situation we felt it was appropriate to package together our early material so that it is presented in a form of how it was always intended.

“This is what you hear now. Our previous EPs plus two new tracks to give you an idea of what is to come in future. Our new chapter awaits, the grind must continue.”

You can stream the new version of “Defy the Tyrant” below, and pre-order Primeval here.

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