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Venom Prison Draw Inspiration From The Me Too Movement, Depression & Suffering For New Album


Venom Prison are looking to up the ante with their new album that is due out in early 2019 via Prosthetic Records. The band’s frontwoman Larissa Stupar recently spoke with Metal Hammer of what the group had learned on their last album cycle and what they will be exploring both musically and lyrically on this as-yet untitled new record. Those who have been hoping that the outfit get even heavier may be in luck as she commented of what they gleaned from the experience of playing bigger venues:

“I think we realised that people really like breakdowns, so we’ve tried to put a lot more of them in there! We’ve got heavier beatdowns and some faster grindcore elements. Just anything to make people start a circle-pit.”

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In regards to lyrical themes on the new record, she commented:

“This one is going to be a lot more personal for me, because I’ve been suffering from depression for the last few years now and I’ve been going through some really hard times. I just wanted to write down and communicate those feelings. I read somewhere that if you express those thoughts it feels better as you stop carrying it. But I’ve also written songs about homophobia and transphobia. Basically, the whole record is about suffering, whether it is societal suffering or internal suffering. I wanted to express those feelings.”

Meanwhile, she revealed that the ‘#MeToo movement’ and the current legal struggles women who have been raped/assaulted face also influenced the songs:

“One thing that rarely left my mind was the #MeToo movement, in music and especially in Hollywood. I don’t know if you remember the case of the girl who was assaulted behind a dumpster in 2016 by [U.S. athlete] Brock Turner, there’s a line that was said to the judge in his defence that was something like, ‘They’re ruining his life just because he had 20 minutes of action.’ It was so ridiculous.

There’s a line in one of the songs that actually references unfair court hearings for rape survivors. We thought it was important for us to set out our stall in Animus and then push it a little bit further. I tried to incorporate more femininity into my lyrics, talk about the role of motherhood. It’s much more personal but it’s very politically minded as well. It’s pretty dark.”

You can find more from Stupar on the album over at Louder.

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