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Venom Prison Digitally Release Their Cover Of Stampin’ Ground’s “Officer Down”


UK death metallers Venom Prison have digitally released a cover of Stampin’ Ground‘s 2000 track “Officer Down“. Previously available exclusively on YouTube, the group have newly issued their take on the track via leading digital service providers. They commented of it:

Stampin’ Ground is a band we’ve respected and admired even before Venom Prison existed and we’ve always toyed with the idea of a cover and never knew what would work with Venom Prison. We would listen ‘Carved From Empty Words‘ in the van going to shows or on tour. With Stampin’ Ground being a metal/hardcore band this went perfectly in line with Venom Prison. We also recorded ‘Erebos‘ with Scott Atkins who was a member of Stampin’ Ground and knew from the start Scott would understand us as a band. Our cover goes in line with the original with a slight few changes to make it our own. Enjoy, Venom Prison.”

Stampin’ Ground‘s aforementioned ex-guitarist Scott Atkins added:

“‘Officer Down‘ took on a life of its own from the very first time we played it live. It became our biggest song overnight and it’s amazing it’s still seen that way over 20 years later. it was one of those songs that almost wrote itself, like it was meant to be, it’s stood the test of time.

It’s been covered by many bands but this version by Venom Prison is definitely one of my personal favourites. Having produced their latest album, ‘Erebos‘, I’ve had got to know the band very well, it was surprising how their work ethic and influences tied in with those of Stampin’ Ground in many ways. I hope everyone enjoys this new version as much as our original!”

While new material is in the works, Venom Prison are taking a break from the live circuit this year as vocalist Larissa Stupar focuses on motherhood.

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