Venom Prison’s Ash Gray: 5 Surprising Albums I Love

Venom Prison, 2019; photo by Jake Owens

U.K. death-metal rising stars Venom Prison are currently out on the road in support of their critically acclaimed, take-no-prisoners second album, Samsara, and despite the grueling schedule, they show no signs of slowing down. The quintet recently dropped the new music video for standout cut “Self Inflicted Violence,” which was filmed across shows in Europe and showcases their relentless work ethic and fearless live presentation. The group may specialize in a particularly ferocious brand of politically charged extreme metal, but that doesn’t mean that the band members don’t love all kinds of other styles of music. We asked guitarist Ash Gray to shock us with five albums he loves that might surprise fans of his band, and he did not disappoint. We certainly never saw his love of Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco coming.

BANKS – THE ALTAR

I jam this on the way to work or driving around at work. Personally, I think this record is pretty tough. She’s got attitude — I dig it. 

FALL OUT BOY – TAKE THIS TO YOUR GRAVE

This record hits the spot every time, plus they’re just cool, ain’t they?

KATE BUSH – HOUNDS OF LOVE

Childhood memories — heard it at my parents place or when we were in the car.

PANIC AT THE DISCO – A FEVER YOU CAN’T SWEAT OUT

I know every single word to this record. That is all.

NEIL YOUNG – TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT

This is my go-to just to get me in that chill out zone. Never gets old.