Venom Prison turned ex­treme metal tropes on their heads two years ago. In 2019, front­woman Larissa Stu­par is look­ing to take their mes­sage fur­ther

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Heavy mu­sic is so bril­liant right now, that one of the most an­tic­i­pated al­bums of the year is from an ex­treme metal band who plan to spend the next 12 months em­pow­er­ing women. How of­ten have we got to say that? But that is the im­pact Venom Prison have had on our scene.

“I’ve had a tough time with de­pres­sion and my men­tal health,” Venom Prison vo­cal­ist Larissa Stu­par tells us. “The new al­bum is in­spired by that, and by fem­i­nin­ity. I hope it can be held up as some­thing that will give hope to young girls. I’ve been on tour and had girls come up and tell me that they’ve been in­spired by see­ing me on­stage. Be­ing a con­duc­tor for that kind of pos­i­tive con­ver­sa­tion is cer­tainly some­thing that I’d like to see grow this year for us.”

This year will hope­fully see Larissa get the kind of re­spect from our scene that she de­serves. At present, she still sees a dis­par­ity in at­ti­tudes to­wards her com­pared with those to­wards male vo­cal­ists. “In Amer­ica they come up to me and go, ‘I didn’t know you were a wo­man! You sound so good, I thought you were a man!” she says, rolling her eyes. “I think they think it’s a com­pli­ment, but it’s re­ally not. Any­thing I can do to kill that at­ti­tude dead, I will.”

In their short, but al­ready re­mark­able ca­reer, the band have grown a rep­u­ta­tion for meld­ing so­ciopo­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies with crush­ingly sav­age death metal. And with the first part of that ad­dressed, Larissa moves on to her ex­cite­ment about the sound of their fol­low-up to 2016’s An­imus.

“I just can’t wait for peo­ple to hear it,” she says, smil­ing. “I know we have made an al­bum that re­ally pushes up a notch from the first one. What am I most ex­cited about peo­ple hear­ing on it? Ev­ery­thing. I can’t pick one mo­ment, I love the whole thing. Even the art­work, I can’t wait for peo­ple to see. I can’t say too much about that, but it’s some­thing re­ally con­cep­tual that ties in with the rest of the al­bum.”

Once the record is re­leased, Venom Prison fans will have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to hear the new songs live. So far, they’ve mostly made their name in sup­port slots, giv­ing ev­ery­one from Triv­ium to Sui­cide Si­lence to Trap

Them a run for their money. Next year, we’ll get a chance to see them tri­umphantly clos­ing a bill.

“We haven’t ac­tu­ally played a show since we played [Hamp­shire’s] Boom­town Fes­ti­val in Au­gust,” she says. “It feels like about 10 years ago now! We are a band that love to tour, that love to be in a van trav­el­ling, that love to play live. We’re go­ing to go out and do a few more sup­port slots with big­ger bands, but we want to be do­ing some head­line shows of our own.

It’s been a long time com­ing, but it’s def­i­nitely some­thing that we need to do to take us to the next level.”

Plus, like the true metal fans they still are, Venom Prison will com­plete one of Larissa’s all-time am­bi­tions when they play along­side Slipknot at Spain’s Res­ur­rec­tion Fest in July. “That’s a dream!” she ex­claims. “I’m not sure if we’re on the same day as them, but I’ll camp out and wait to see them – I can’t wait.”

Venom Prison’s new al­bum is due out early 2019 Via Pros­thetic

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