Venom Prison
Samsara


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (213 Reviews)
March 15th, 2019 | 149 replies


Release Date: 03/15/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not for the fainthearted.

At first glance, the Buddhist references scattered across Venom Prison’s second album don’t exactly cast the mindful, present and peaceful beliefs that most would instantly categorise with the religion, however, on closer inspection, “Samsara” actually illustrates the whole concept of Buddha’s ancient principles with a touch of morbid modernity. Named after the religion’s concept that Samsara is the endless cycle of life and death bound to the material world, it details a number of specific suffers that, in this day and age, are capable of being eradicated, and a number of more wildly relatable suffers that have haunted humanity for aeons which are sadly becoming ever more present in the modern age.

Make no mistake, this album isn’t purely a religiously influenced album. Whilst it draws influence from a religion that is based on understanding and ceasing suffering, the issues the band unflinchingly confront are certainly applicable to the current state of the world. For life is suffering. Technology has blessed us with the opportunity to connect with anyone with ease but depression and loneliness is the modern epidemic. Machinery that produces products in abundance leaves us frothing with greed. The definitions between politicians and dictators have become twisted and indiscernible. There is so much hate in the world, so many reasons to suffer. Venom Prison has channelled that pain and used it as a vehicle to power their vitriolic death metal and the result is a brave and defiant sound that is furiously aggressive in form yet extraordinarily liberating in nature.

You don’t need to read an interview or delve into the band’s history to understand the authenticity behind the music they create. Larissa Stupar’s savage vocal delivery is so passionate during every song on “Samsara” that she sounds absolutely terrifying. Likewise, the rest of her bandmember’s cast the same level of passion in their own way throughout the album where barbed solos erupt from the cesspit of churning grooves and wildly dynamic riffing contorts around maniacal drumming. Sonically, in simple terms, Venom Prison mean what they say, and they say it in such an uncompromising way that the aggressiveness actually comes across more as liberating than destructive is admirable whatever your opinion of the music is.

Blood and guts are found in abundance within death metal. While “Samsara” is saturated in blood, what elevates Venom Prison from the rest of the bunch is how they pour salt into their open wounds and cauterise the weeping blisters with the burning rage of the innocent forced to accept corrupt politics, the amniotic discharge of unprotected surrogate mothers (“Uterine Industrialisation”), the tears of victims from sexual assault (“Implementing The Metaphysics Of Morals”) or sufferers of depression and self-harm (“Self Inflicted Violence”) … For all the vicious guitar work, frenetic drumming and distressing growls, “Samsara” sounds so terrifying because of how human it is. Furthermore, the cruel reflection of such topics elevates the music to a new level. The bludgeoning instruments are almost reacting to the messages that Larissa screeches out on “Sadistic Rituals” and particularly the final 2 minutes of “Naraka” when her howls become more comprehensible. Very little scares people more than the truth, and the truth is that what Venom Prison illustrates is real; to some even harrowingly applicable. This type of death metal is far more impactful than sawing off a bunch of zombie’s heads while some blast beats fire off in all directions.

Substantially less accessible than “Animus” and all the more crushing for it, Venom Prison exceeds expectations on “Samsara” and prove to be one of the most uncompromising metal bands around. Venom Prison has brilliantly linked the concept of Samsara with the state of humanity in a wonderfully destructive and furiously liberating way. Not for the faint-hearted.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 15th 2019


25939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album is absolutely sickening in the most ridiculous way. I listened to it once before work and I can't wait until after and I can listen to it again.





Really nice review!

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accompliceofmydeath
March 15th 2019


4831 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rips. Reminds me of Animosity and The Red Chord at times.

veninblazer
March 15th 2019


10076 Comments


planning on jamming this thing too, heard a song prior to release and it was absolutely fucking monstrous

TheNotrap
March 15th 2019


11801 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Opener rules

Digging: Vitriol (USA) - To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice

veninblazer
March 15th 2019


10076 Comments


@Notrap: Everything on this album rules. Only thing is it's a little samey.

lewzis
March 16th 2019


11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

vocals almost remind me of Mitch Lucker in 07

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2019


25939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

BUMP BUMP BUMP. This review/album need some love; both are fantastic.

CaliggyJack
March 16th 2019


2832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So. Fucking. Good.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2019


25939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fuck yeah Jack, I am so glad to see someone else not just rating this high, but being so fucking hyped about this too.



What's your favorite track?

CaliggyJack
March 16th 2019


2832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Implementing the Metaphysics of Mortals.



Don't @ me

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2019


25939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

What to @? Every song on here is straight banger. Have you listened to their earlier stuff? I’m debating doing a discog listen

veninblazer
March 16th 2019


10076 Comments


that's top 3 songs on here jack

Archelirion
March 16th 2019


5786 Comments


Ooh, forgot this was coming out. Prereleased track was straight-up nasty. Great review and hopefully great listen :3

veninblazer
March 16th 2019


10076 Comments


Can't wait for Hawks to assume this is a 2 because I gave it a 4. Lol

Archelirion
March 16th 2019


5786 Comments


Also, Eliran Kantor has gotta be one of my favourite album art guys at the moment. He's got such a wonderful style.

trilo
March 16th 2019


2734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listened to asura's realm and it ripped i gotta peep this

Digging: Mizmor - Cairn

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2019


10185 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A couple tracks into this and I want to throw up, that makes me pretty happy actually

veninblazer
March 16th 2019


10076 Comments


Rips ahrd m/////////////

SherlockChris9021
March 16th 2019


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heard about them through a rave review of a rock magazine, which makes me pretty curious about this album, love the theme that Larissa used in the song though, as she really makes death metal very humane, yet still terrifying.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2019


25939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The vocals are so fucking GROSS on this



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