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Venom Prison Unveil New Single, “Judges Of The Underworld”

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Venom Prison have unveiled “Judges of the Underworld,” the first single from their forthcoming album, Erebos.

The song is full of the sandblaster death metal riffs for which the band is known while also showcasing a more melodic side in its middle section. With social justice causes always core to the band’s being, “Judges of the Underworld” tackles the vicious cycle of incarceration. In short: it’s as perfect a Venom Prison song as could be.

The band comments:

“’Judges Of The Underworld’ deals with the crippling reality of people who face incarceration, who oftentimes 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. 

“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.”

You can listen to “Judges of the Underworld” below via Spotify, with the music video set to premiere this afternoon (embed included below as well).

Erebos comes out on February 4, 2022 via Century Media.

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