Venom Prison Cover Stampin’ Ground’s “Officer Down”

Venom Prison have released a cover of Stampin’ Ground‘s “Officer Down.“ You can find a video for that below. The band commented:

“In a climate where abuse of power, systematic racism and the force of police brutality continue to take lives, we felt it was the perfect time to put together a classic favourite of the band. Here is our cover of Stampin’ Ground ‘Officer Down‘ We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to continue.”

Venom Prison Re-Record Early Material For New Album “Primeval”

Venom Prison will be releasing a new album titled “Primeval” on October 9. The effort will feature re-recorded versions of tracks from their “Defy The Tyrant” and “Primal Chaos“ EPs, as well as two new songs. The record’s first single, a re-recorded version of “Defy The Tyrant”, can be found below:

Venom Prison said the following about the album:

“‘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 ‘The 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 EP’s plus two new tracks to give you an idea of what is to come in future. Our new chapter awaits, the grind must continue.”

They also added the following about the 2020 version of “Defy The Tyrant”:

“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” Track Listing:

01. “Usurper Of The Throne”
02. “Life Suffer”
03. “Mortal Abomination”
04. “Path Of Exile”
05. “Defy The Tyrant”
06. “Babylon The Whore”
07. “Daemon Vulgaris”
08. “Narcotic”
09. “The Primal Chaos”
10. “Defiant To The Will Of God”
11. “Slayer Of Holofernes”

Parkway Drive Announce Rescheduled Dates For European/UK Tour

Parkway Drive have postponed their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in November/December. Hatebreed will still be joining the band, but Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison have dropped off. Crystal Lake have since been added as well.

Parkway Drive issued the below statement:

“Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic we are postponing the Viva The Underdogs European Revolution until NOV / DEC 2020. Health is the most valuable thing in life and we need to ensure that the wellbeing of everyone is not at stake at any of our shows.

All shows, except Budapest (HU) and Paaspop (NL), have a new date scheduled. Previously purchased tickets will remain valid. The Budapest show will unfortunately be cancelled.

Due to the tour changes Stick To Your Guns and Venom Prison will no longer be able to join. Instead, we will have Crystal Lake as the opener for the tour, Hatebreed will still be main support.

Stay safe, be kind and help each other.

See you soon,
– Winston, Luke, Jeff, Ben and Jia“

Tour Dates:

11/13 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
11/15 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
11/17 Leipzig, GER – Arena
11/19 London, UK – SSE Arena Wembley
11/22 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
11/25 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
11/27 Paris, FRA – Zenith
11/29 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
12/01 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
12/03 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
12/05 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle

Several Dates On Parkway Drive’s European Tour Will Be Impacted By The Coronavirus Pandemic

Though there are no specifics yet, Parkway Drive have confirmed that several dates on their European tour will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The trek, which also features Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, and Venom Prison, is currently scheduled to run from April 1-18.

Parkway Drive issued the below statement:

“To all our European fans,

As you have probably figured out by now, several of our upcoming EU shows in April will be directly affected by the bans most European countries have imposed on larger events.

We are doing our best to assess this rapidly changing situation and our team is working tirelessly behind the scenes to find the best possible solution to this, so we can bring the biggest Parkway Drive shows in our band’s history to your part of the world!

In the meantime, we would like to thank all of you for your messages and comments but ask you to please be patient for a few more days until we can give you more concrete information on how the ‘Viva The Underdogs’ European Revolution 2020 tour will continue.

Be safe and see you soon,
Winston, Luke, Jeff, Ben and Jia“

Venom Prison Premiere “Matriphagy” Live Video

Venom Prison have premiered a new live video for their song “Matriphagy.” The clip was filmed during the band’s performance at the Damnation Festival. The track is from their latest album “Samsara.” Larissa Stupar commented:

“‘Matriphagy‘ is the process of consumption of a mother by her offspring. This song deals with the unconditional love mothers feel for their own children, willing to literally die for them. When in fact an embryo is a product of the invasion of the female body by a foreign object. Our bodies are fascinating and whatever is going on inside them during and after the fertilisation is insane.”

[via Kerrang!]

Metal Anarchy’s Top Albums Of 2019

I have put together a list of my top 15 albums of 2019. You can check that out below. This is just for fun and I know I probably left out some of your favorites, but these are all the albums that I enjoyed the most this year:

15. Abigail Williams – “Walk Beyond The Dark”:

Abigail Williams’ latest album is a solid display of atmospheric black metal. The band were able to capture the various elements from their past work and fuse them together to create a record that showcases their most dynamic music to date. Some highlights from this one include “Black Waves,” “The Final Failure,” and “I Will Depart.”

14. Fever 333 – “Strength In Numb333rs”:

Fever 333’s debut album seeks to highlight the injustices within modern society through a powerful mix of rock, metal, and hip-hop. The band are on a mission to make a difference in the world and this record serves as their call to action. Some highlights from this one include “Burn It,” “Animal,” and “One Of Us.”

13. Bring Me The Horizon – “Amo”:

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest album is a pop leaning record that left many fans divided. That being said, if you listen to it with an open mind you will find a record full of great tracks from a band that aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of what is seen as acceptable in the rock/metal world. Some highlights from this one include: “Wonderful Life” (feat. Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth), “Sugar Honey Ice & Tea,” and “Heavy Metal” (feat. Rahzel).

12. Awake At Last – “The Change”:

Awake At Last’s latest album takes hard rock and mixes it with catchy pop-like elements. It also contains positive lyrics that inspire feelings of hope and encouragement. Some higlights from this one include the title track, which features Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills), “Dead Generation,” and “Fallen Stars.”

11. Venom Prison – “Samsara”

Venom Prison’s latest album only further proves the fact that the band are a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. It is uncompromising, relentless death metal that deals with heavy subjects such as social injustice, depression, and corruption. Some highlights from this one include “Uterine Industrialisation,” “Self Inflicted Violence,” and “Asura’s Realm.”

10. The Agonist – “Orphans”

The Agonist pulled no punches with their latest album. The effort combines heavy and melodic music with powerful vocals to create the band’s finest material to date. Some highlights from this one include “In Vertigo,” “Blood As My Guide,” and “The Gift Of Silence.”

09. Killswitch Engage – “Atonement”:

Killswitch Engage’s latest album contains some of the band’s strongest material since Jesse Leach returned in 2012. The effort is brutal, melodic, and filled with a sense of passion from a band that is firing on all cylinders. Some highlights from this one include “The Signal Fire” (feat. Howard Jones), “I Am Broken Too,” and “The Crownless King” (feat. Testament’s Chuck Billy).

08. Papa Roach -“Who Do You Trust?”:

Papa Roach have been killing it with their last few releases and “Who Do You Trust?” is no exception. The eclectic album combines elements of rock, pop, and alternative to create catchy songs that you can’t help but listening to over and over again. Some highlights from this one include “Not The Only One,” “Elevate,” and the title track.

07. Korn – “The Nothing”:

Korn’s latest album is one of the band’s best. It is a heavy record brimming with raw emotion that takes fans through the grieving process as Jonathan Davis mourns the death of his wife. The effort lives in darkness and pain, but this openness provides the listener with an authentic experience. Some highlights from this one include “Cold,” “Idiosyncrasy,” and “H@rd3r.”

06. Motionless In White – “Disguise”

Motionless In White’s latest album is another banger that you can’t help but blast through your speakers. The effort combines elements of goth, industrial, metalcore, and electronic music to create anthemic tracks that will probably stay in the band’s live set for years to come. Some highlights from this one include “Brand New Numb,” “Thoughts & Prayers” and “Broadcasting From Beyond the Grave: Death Inc.”

05. Jinjer – “Macro”:

Jinjer followed up their excellent “Micro” EP with a full-length record that continued to showcase the band’s brilliance. “Macro” is a diverse, djenty record full of hard-hitting tracks with incredible vocals and lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Judgement (& Punishment),” “Pit Of Consciousness,” and “The Prophecy.”

04. New Years Day – “Unbreakable”:

New Years Day’s latest release is one of the band’s best. It is an infectious, pop infused, hard rock album that seeks to empower fans through deeply personal lyrics. Some highlights from this one include “Come For Me,” “Done With You,” and “I Survived.”

03. Volbeat – “Rewind, Replay, Rebound”:

Volbeat have a knack for creating extremely catchy rock tracks and this record is no exception. It is a fun album full of hooky riffing that just makes you want to boogie. Some highlights from this one include “Pelvis On Fire,” “Die To Live” (feat. Clutch’s Neil Fallon), and “Cheapside Sloggers” (feat. Exodus’ Gary Holt).

02. Tool – “Fear Inoculum”:

It took 13 years to get a new album from Tool, but it was worth the wait if you are willing to spend time with it. Those that listen to it from beginning to end with no interruptions are taken on what can only be described as a transcendental journey through a passage of mesmerizing music. Some highlights from this one include “7empest,” “Pneuma,” and “Descending.”

01. Slipknot – “We Are Not Your Kind”:

Slipknot’s latest album only further cements the fact that they are one of the strongest acts within the metal genre. The effort has everything, aggression, melody, and experimentation all through a deeply emotional lens that offers a sense of catharsis. Some highlights from this one include “Unsainted,” “Solway Firth,” and “Orphan.”

Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, & Venom Prison Added To Parkway Drive’s European/UK Tour

Hatebreed, Stick To Your Guns, and Venom Prison have been added to Parkway Drive’s April European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

04/01 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
04/02 Leipzig, GER – Arena
04/03 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
04/04 Zürich, SWI – Samsung Hall
04/06 Budapest, HUN – Papp László Budapest Sportaréna
04/07 Vienna, AUT – Stadthalle
04/09 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
04/10 Schijndel, NET – Paaspop (no Stick To Your Guns/Venom Prison)
04/11 Dortmund, GER – Westfallenhalle
04/13 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
04/15 Paris, FRA – Zenith
04/16 Brussels, BEL – Forest National
04/18 London, UK – SSE Arena

My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Etc. Set For 2020 Australian Download Festival Shows

The first set of bands have been revealed for the 2020 Download Festival events in Australia. The Melbourne show will be held at the Showgrounds on March 20, while the Sydney show will be held at Parramatta Park on March 21. Here’s the lineup: My Chemical Romance, Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Clutch, Ministry, In Flames, Testament, Carcass, Alestorm, Lacuna Coil, Hands Like Houses, In Hearts Wake, The Hu, Baroness, Ne Obliviscaris, Bodyjar, New Years Day, Clowns, Venom Prison, Skynd, Thornhill, Disentomb, Stand Atlantic, Plini, Redhook, and Dregg.

Venom Prison Premiere “Self Inflicted Violence” Music Video

Venom Prison have premiered a new video for their song “Self Inflicted Violence.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Samsara.” Ash Grey told Decibel the following:

“‘Self Inflicted Violence‘ is taken from our album Samsara and captures the raw approach of Venom Prison on the road, playing shows day to day. This footage was filmed earlier this year in Europe but we’re back on the road in the U.S. right now. The purpose of the video was to capture the energy of our shows for people who are yet to experience Venom Prison live.”