Venom Prison: Judges of the Underworld

Fresh staples in contemporary death metal, Venom Prison come forth with classic death and thrash metal sounds which stand very far from seeming dated. Judges Of The Underworld is a fantastic track off the band's paradigmatic newest album, Erebos. Thomas Brooker directed and produce the superb video for the song.

The band's statement mentions: "Judges Of The Underworld deals with the crippling reality of people who face incarceration, who oftentimes are followed by violence over a lifetime. This violence can present itself as a dominating factor in a context of structural poverty and racial inequality, creating roles in an individual’s life where they are not only the victim, but also witness and offender at different times in different situations. But the violence we address in our courts and prisons is judged out of social context and can therefore not lead to a fair and personalised resolution for people who are stuck in a cycle of violence and systematic oppression."

Solitude and anxiousness are masterfully expressed in a compact unit of immersive intensity and limitless energy, with the band sounding as competent and immaculate as ever.

On the accompanying clip Venom Prison comment: "It was important for us to visualise this feeling of isolation, anxiety and repeated violence in the music video for Judges Of The Underworld and the idea was to show an individual that is stripped down to their basic needs and instincts. Consumed by their helplessness to navigate in an everyday situation, feeling isolated within themselves whilst going under in a sea of people that face similar conditions. This is where Thomas Coe Brooker comes in as a director and cinematographer, with his unique eye for detail he was able to bring out this combative helplessness and aggressiveness of said individual. He was able to convey the feeling of being alone in a crowd, suffering the same fate as many others, where isolation becomes your existence and a vicious cycle of your life at the hands of systematic violence."

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