Led by charismatic vocalist Larissa Stupar, U.K. rabble-rousers Venom Prison are one of the most exciting new extreme-metal bands coming up right now. Their debut album, 2016’s Animus, is pissed, powerful and politically outraged, reclaiming the brutal, often-misogynistic tropes of death metal and brilliantly flipping them. The group’s follow-up full-length, Samsara — which is due Friday, March 15th — sees the young band stepping things up. Lead single “Uterine Industrialisation” is savage and knotty, breaking into almost–Lamb of God–level groove at times. Thematically, the song and its horror movie of a music video takes on the issue of forced pregnancy and religious hypocrisy with blunt force.
Samsara takes its name from the Buddhist concept of being reborn into a never-ending cycle of suffering, and second single “Asura’s Realm” also draws on Buddhist mythology. The asuras are demigods addicted with the passions — wrath, pride, envy, insincerity, falseness, boasting, bellicosity and more — and beings may go to the so-called asura realm when, despite good intentions, they commit bad actions such as harming others. Plenty of harm befalls the characters in the song’s new occult-themed music video, which is full of robed figures, mysterious women, bloody ocean waves, murderous sacrifices, self-immolation and other hair-rising fright-flick imagery. Intercut with the narrative footage, scenes of the band members rocking out atop stark hillsides against an epic sky fill out the clip and showcase the players’ live intensity.
Watch the cinematic “Asura’s Realm” video below; you can order Samsara and pick up exclusive Venom Prison merch via Prosthetic Records.