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Venom Prison – Erebos

It’s another episode of Riot Act Reviews, where Steve and Remfry talk about one of the more noteworthy new records being released right about now.

On this episode, we’re looking at Erebos, the third full-length album by underground death metal darlings Venom Prison. It’s been a pretty spectacular rise for Welsh / Russian death metal crew over the last few years, with each of their previous records seeing them steadily climb the ladder of British metal to a position where Erebos now feels like a genuinely big release in the scene. The third album is always a testing ground for the longevity of a band like Venom Prison however … how much longer can you continue to blast and batter your way around before your audience feels like they’ve heard all your tricks? It’s a problem Erebos skillfully side steps, with none of the band’s previous extreme intensity being sacrificed, Venom Prison have released the most daring, expansive and experimental album of their career thus far, with nods to electronic music, ambient passages, power metal and symphonic bombast all peeping up from the precipice at some point during the records run time. Question is; is it actually any good?

Like the sound of Erebos? Why not order it on some sort of lovely physical format?

VENOM PRISON – Judges Of The Underworld (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

VENOM PRISON – Pain Of Oizys (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

VENOM PRISON – Nemesis (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

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158 – Deafheaven, Between The Buried and Me, The Bronx and Press To Meco

Steve and Remfry left the comforted cocoon of their homes to venture to the midlands and sequestered themselves in a small town that one of our hosts (who will remain un-named) referred to as ‘horrid’. Thankfully, we weren’t there to review the local urban metropolises … instead, they gallivanted off to Bloodstock to watch some heavy metal.

Whilst they were away, someone filed a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for sexual misconduct against a minor dating back to 1965, a claim that has caused controversy amongst internet sleuths the world over. We discuss, without drawing any solid conclusions, cause that would be premature without all the facts … unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the internet.

Albums reviewed this week are Infinite Granite by Deafheaven, Colors II by Between the Buried and Me, VI by The Bronx and Transmute by Press to Meco.

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114 – Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi and Metz

The rock world is in mourning this week as news broke on 6th October that Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Steve and Remfry pay their respects to a guitarist who undoubtedly and unmistakably changed the way that people approach the electric guitar.
Reviews come courtesy of Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi, METZ and Venom Prison

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33 – The Metalcore Femidom (feat. Ithaca’s Djamila Azzouz and Svalbard’s Serena Cherry)

Steve and Remfry are joined this week by two of the most controversial and contentious figures in the history of metal music… well, according to the comments on Metal Hammer’s Facebook Page at least. Ithaca’s Djamila Azzouz and Svalbard’s Serena Cherry have the AUDACITY(!) to front two of the UK’s best heavy bands, DESPITE being women! The two gents attempt to get to the bottom of how two people that don’t even have one penis between them(!) could have the audacity to front extreme metal bands. Unbelievable!

The quartet also discuss the rather worrying trend of people investing more money in music memorabilia than music itself, which leads to a frankly baffling conversation about band-themed contraceptives (Winston, if you’re interested in those Parkway Drive coils, give us a call and we’ll go 50/50 yeah?). Album reviews this week come courtesy of Venom Prison, Louise Lemón and Angel Du$t.