Venom Prison: “The whole ‘aggressive, nonstop assault of riffs’ approach isn’t really a thing on Erebos – this album is about the songs”

Venom Prison
(Image credit: Jake Owens)

While Greek mythology considers Erebos the personification of darkness, the sonics of Venom Prison’s new album of the same name aren’t exclusively inky. 

Don’t worry, though, the Welsh quintet still crush as brutally as they did on 2019’s much-lauded Samsara – Erebos's lead single, Judges of the Underworld, cements guitarists Ash Gray and Ben Thomas as both dive-heavy death-metal devotees and discordant, body-bruising djent tacticians.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.