Venom Prison Sign To Century Media Records, Confirm New Record

Massive news from the Venom Prison camp as the band have announced they’re writing their next record. Not only that, they’ve signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.

The death metal heavy hitters say that the signing “marks the beginning of a new chapter for Venom Prison, and we are honoured to call Century Media our home, which we look forward sharing with some of the most iconic artists in heavy metal, as well many of our talented friends.”

“Venom Prison is an important band in every sense of the word,” says Century Media A&R Mike Gitter. ​“They are a wake-up call with songs that are not just musically brutal, but dig into issues that challenge our day-to-day existence. Gender issues. Cultural and political oppression. They’re relevant in ways that so many bands fall short of. Venom Prison is the band we need now more than ever.” Well said, indeed.

Century Media Director Philipp Schulte adds: ​“With Venom Prison, one of the finest British bands of recent years joins the ranks of Century Media Records. Venom Prison’s vision marks an overdue turning point in the sort of musical and lyrical complacency that has long plagued the worldwide metal scene. This is not your older brother’s feel-good metal. This is extreme music with a compelling message, and it perfectly fits to what Century Media as a label will always stand for: Establishing bands and artists who are willing to make a difference and take a stand. With Venom Prison is a trailblazing band for what metal can and will be in the upcoming decade. Welcome to Century Media Records!”

And it sounds like the band are making waves with their first offering on the label.

Venom Prison are set to tour the UK in October 2021 with Creeping Death and Leeched.

Here are the dates.

October 2021.

19th – Mama Roux, Birmingham

20th – Key Club, Leeds

21st – The Fleece, Bristol

22nd – G2, Glasgow

23rd – Rebellion, Manchester

24th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

25th – Underworld, London

26th – Joiners, Southampton

A Conversation With… Leeched

Now it’s certainly been a while since I’ve been up to a heavy gig and I couldn’t be more excited to be. The heavy scene was where I got started with music in the first place, at a Halloween show of all places! Since then, I’ve spread my music taste across many genres and now I’m listening to and seeing more music from this genre than I ever have before.

*Please note that this interview takes place after Leeched’s set.



Jack: Hey Laurie, you’re from Manchester right?

Laurie: Yes.

Jack: I do love it down there, but it’s been too long.

Laurie: It’s like here but fewer hills.


Jack: I was going to ask, before the set, were you going to play any new tracks?

Laurie: There were four of them, The third track, The Stone And The Steel, fifth and sixth; Guilt and A Mouth Full Of Dirt, Born In Sand for the seventh. Two of those are out now Stone and Steel and Guilt and there’s another coming next week.

Jack: I think I was surprised there wasn’t a bit more movement out there for your set.

Laurie: We do have the hardcore influences and people can do what they want but our sound is a bit more immersive and atmospheric. Sometimes people do bounce off the walls, but they can do what they want. We’ve played to one person before but that’s the way it goes sometimes, it doesn’t bother us because we’ll play it.


Jack: How’s the new release going to be different from the EP?

Laurie: Like I was saying before, more atmospheric is the keyword. I’m not trying to decipher it too much so you know, most people sit and write riffs but we push it in a way that makes sense for us. There’s no easy way of answering that but the EP was just really fast and when the album came about we threw some stuff together to find what we wanted to do but we added a lot of synths into the music and the fact we structured it more you can see it’s something more polished.


Jack: What’s been the best bit of 2018 for you?

Laurie: Playing Techfest the other week. Great festival, great turnout for us and that was awesome. Return To Strength in Germany as well.

Jack: Were there people just drinking the two pinters? I love that invention.

Laurie: In fact, there was, you just look out and there were about 10 people drinking them.


Jack: And Employed To Serve tonight and you won’t be gone long as you’ll be back with Full On Hell next month.

Laurie: Oh, that’s going to be fantastic.

Jack: You’re just one of those bands who seem to be everywhere.

Laurie: Well, you just gotta work hard but you have to do it in the correct places and keep doing it.

Jack: And now time for some quickfire questions. Choose 4 numbers between one and twelve and we’ll see what (if any) random things are said:


Laurie: 3,5,8,9

Jack: Is the glass half empty or full?

Laure: Well, that depends on what’s in it.

Jack: The last time you were angry?

Laurie: Yesterday, I was working and some stuff went wrong. I’m a sound engineer and it just made everyone there angry. I don’t normally get angry but rarely.

Jack: Three words to describe yourself?

Laurie: Tired, Hungry and I’d like to say, patient. You can’t expect everything to go right all at once.

Jack: Especially with the beard for the patient part. You look like a better version of Jesus from The Walking Dead.

Jack: What record do you own but never confess to owning?

Laurie: I’m not going to answer that properly and say I don’t believe in guilty pleasures, you don’t have to hide it if you love something.


Jack: And what are you looking forward to in the next 12 months?

Laurie: The record coming out, all the tours we’re planning and hopefully next year do it twice as big.

Jack: Tech Fest better watch out.

Live Review: Employed To Serve @ Newcastle Think Tank

Date: 23/07/18

Support: Lizzy Farrall

Pulsating with energy and the booming vocals to match, this can only be an Employed To Serve gig. It’s not their first high energy gigs of the year as well, having hit up different parts of the UK just before the festival season arrived, to well and truly thrust this band back into the spotlight. What’s more is that they had their amazing record behind them, ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’ in full to back them up all the way. What you have to remember here as well, this is the closing chapter for the record, which did huge things for them and got them to tour so many amazing places and they were sure to have a few surprises in store but above all, a headbanging good time for everyone in attendance tonight And for a Monday night, the fans were truly ready to show Newcastle what it was missing from its city. From the outset, I was hoping to see something truly amazing tonight, to see this community of music lovers unite when bands do tend to skip Newcastle sometimes. What I was able to see though,  is the reason why bands come to Newcastle.


First up were Leeched. They’re a Hardcore band hailing from Manchester and are a group that demands your attention! What I saw was something more atmospheric than anything, particularly down to their new tracks off their debut record ‘You Took The Sun When You Left’ which included ‘The Stone And The Steel’. Don’t get me wrong, Leeched were absolutely fantastic and they couldn’t have done any better if they tried. On the other hand,  I was a little mad at the audience that they didn’t bounce off the walls for some of their heavier hitting tracks though, as it seemed as if it was the perfect time to be doing so but Leeched didn’t care in the slightest. What they came to Newcastle and on the tour to do was show Newcastle just who they are and why they demand your attention right now. For that, I applaud them and will look forward to seeing the moshers at the next gig and hopefully see more new material from them.


Onward to Rough Hands. I really didn’t know what to expect at the first glance. They could’ve been anything from an Indie band to Pop-Punk based on their look. But you had to see that first note play and then these comparisons were shattered instantly. They were inherently a band you just had to listen to from the start. What’s more polarizing was the way they delivered themselves. Again, their sound did come across as something more atmospheric than I’m used to but they delivered everything a good set should be promised of; massive sounds, great vocals and should they have a good audience, a little bit of movement. What I was failing to understand again, was why didn’t anyone move again? But at the end of the day, it didn’t matter because what we all came to see were performances from brilliant acts. That being said, I’m hoping Rough Hands are on to be the next big thing for the hardcore scene and if that comes true, who else better to mentor them than Employed To Serve? They have all the makings to be a force to be reckoned with in the future, and with that in mind, this is what makes their material so unique, just take a track such as ‘Symptoms Of Regressions’ fall into this category as it mixes the soft vocals which are inherently unpredictable and them mashes the hardcore to fill yourself with the energy frontman Alex channels.


Now, moving to the headline act in Employed To Serve. I was expecting things to be loud and rowdy, and I was not disappointed. It was for any ETS fan, probably what they’d been waiting for since the record was released as what came forth was uncontrollable energy in the form of ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’ which as many people probably do know is a fine record in the hardcore genre of recent memory. What’s more is that the band were just captivating to watch from start to finish (I had to leave three-quarters of the way into the set but everyone got their money’s worth from them). But apart from the tracks and the stage presence of the band, what else can be said about the band? One thing is that the live music seems more polished than ever as it was just clear and concise, no mucking around from them because they came to bring the audience some mayhem and that’s exactly what they did. For anybody lucky enough to see them on their short UK run, you’ll have been in for a treat of a show because from the announcement, I knew the tour was going to be something special. They’re a band that doesn’t want to overdue touring the UK at the moment and you can see why. No, it’s not because we’re getting sick of them. It’s because we don’t want too much of a good thing. It’s something that needs to be special for them and the fans and which new music on the horizon, I can’t wait to see what will become of the set next-time as more carnage will be guaranteed.


Rating: 8/10


Rough Hands

Employed To Serve