Venom Prison - "Samsara"
Never-ending cycle of suffering
A review for Venom Prison’s latest album “Samsara”
What we see
What a badass woman as the lead in a metal band, I know for a fact that it's not an easy thing to do especially in a world filled with die-hard fans and compelling opposing performers, but I have a feeling singer Larissa Stupar doesn't give a shit about it. After reading many reviews about the band, they seem to be looking at themselves more as influencers lyrically when it comes to their latest album titled “Samsara.” After many run-throughs, I have grasped a very powerful, medium tempo (but has its pickups), along with her dynamic sound, pinpointing riffs, and quick blast beats from the drummer. Each one seems to give their all when recording and I feel it in every minute while listening.
The album starts very strong, and that continues until the end, it is not dull or slow in any way and even seems to pick up and get even more massive, especially by track 4 entitled “self-inflicted violence.” This record doesn't hold back, and that is what I appreciate the most about it. Guitarists Gray and Thomas I feel, bring their all to the table with their transitions on guitar with a mix of some raw thrash, rusty death metal, and ruthless grind. The riffs are furious and pummeling. The record is imbued with ferocity and vitriol. I would like to hear more from the drummer; he does seem a little faded at times but still has the power to bring everything together. The one thing I did catch was on track 9; the intro is a 911 phone call has already been used on Emmure’s 2014 titled album “Eternal Enemies.” I’m sure there are many other shock recordings they could have used, plus I believe that feature has been overused these days in the metal genre.
What we hear
I feel like we can hear bands but do we listen? Do we know and feel what they are feeling just through sound? We can physically feel the tempo from every type of music but the majority of the time there is a deep meaning behind those sounds and lyrics. After digging more into this album and reading what were they are portraying I said: “Holy shit” and my mouth dropped. I wasn't just listening anymore, I heard something that was ten times more deep, cutthroat, and to me, it felt like dark poetry. Frontwoman, Larissa seems to get much shit in the social media world from keyboard warriors, of course, talking about her full deep-seated lyrics. It seems to be written from anger and the “I don’t give a shit attitude,” which seems second nature to most of us. Her vocal performance on “Samsara” seems more natural and visceral this time around. One final thing I have noticed and have seen from their live performances on YouTube is that it seems all the members have something to say through their physical vibe. This album is very aggressive, hard-hitting, and straight forward and I am very excited for more music and live performances from this band!
7/10- check out their latest album again called Samsara that will be released through Prosthetic Records on 3/15/2019!