VENOM PRISON

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Reviews - DOM LAW­SON

An­imus (Deluxe Edi­tion)

PROS­THETIC Brit death metal prodi­gies ex­pand their first­born

The rise of Venom Prison has been one of the more en­joy­able metal phe­nom­ena of re­cent years and it’s not hard to see why Pros­thetic have deigned to give the Welsh quin­tet’s break­through record an ex­tra push. Un­less you’ve been liv­ing un­der a rock, An­imus is one of the strong­est de­buts by a UK death metal band in re­cent mem­ory. Both true to the spirit of the genre and in­fused with enough crusty hard­core and post-90s groove to lure in more main­stream fans, it may not be quite the master­piece re­cent hype has sug­gested, but it will still rip your face off. The best mo­ments – the brood­ing Cor­rode The Black Sun and the in­sanely ex­cit­ing, 93sec­ond Per­pe­tra­tor Emas­cu­la­tion

– will al­most cer­tainly cause you to break fur­ni­ture. Quite how five en­joy­able but inessen­tial live tracks amount to a “deluxe” up­grade is open to de­bate, how­ever. FOR FANS OF: CAN­NI­BAL CORPSE, SLIP­KNOT, TRAP THEM

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