REVIEWED: Venom Prison – Samsara

Rating: 9.5/10

When Venom Prison burst on to the scene back in 2016 with debut album Animus, they really made a name for themselves as one of the most exciting heavy bands coming out of the UK. Since then, they have relentlessly toured and only furthered the hype surrounding them. Blending Hardcore with Death Metal is no easy task, but these guys have absolutely pulled it off for 2 times in a row!

To kick off the album we are greeted with a wall of guitars on Matriphagy before a dive bomb sends us heading into a pit of beautifully worked noise. After a few seconds of melodic guitar work, Larissa kicks in, furious as ever and is relentless for the ensuing 3 minutes.

Uterine Industrialisation is a stand out track from the record. If you were to just flick through the songs and look for something to jump out and grab you then this would be the one that really grabs you straight from the off due to the driving drum fill. Starting off the track with a straight death metal blast beat feel, there is a really nice hardcore transition about 30 seconds in where a nice and groovy hardcore chugging section comes in. Again, Larissa is relentless in her vocal attack and this is the last time I will mention it as it is true for every track on the album, she’s just that damn good!

Whilst all tracks on the record are in the same vein and style, you may think this would just get repetitive, and sure, with other artists it may do, BUT, there is just some added passion and hunger from this band that keeps you enthralled in the music. About half way through you will come to a track titled Deva’s Enemy. This acts as a nice break and comes just in time to give the listener some time to breath and showcase some more dynamics as it is more atmosphere than music.

Next is maybe the stand out track from the record, Asura’s Realm. This track starts off in a very Parkway Drive-esque manner, with sweep picking and super melodic guitar interplay which is complimented by a nice yet softer than usual back beat from the rest of the band. Following on from this comes another onslaught of sound (note that sound is something you want to hear, and noise is something you don’t wish to hear), as this melodic element is dipped in to at different points in the track as it is combined with chugging riffs and blast beats.

All in all, this is a new age masterpiece of the genre that will be looked back on for years to come.

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