Venom reveal cover art for From The Very Depths

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Venom have revealed the cover art of their forthcoming new album From The Very Depths.

The British black metal veterans announced last week that they will release their new LP via Spinefarm Records on the 14th of January.

Said frontman Cronos of the album news: “It’s a strong release and really shows the band maturing into an unstoppable force of pure black metal. We can’t wait to play the new songs live for the legions.”

“This album is perfect – all three members are totally over-the-top confident with the new songs and the production. We had a great atmosphere in the studio while we were recording.”

Says a statement accompanying the album art: “The cover is visually arresting, featuring skeletal beings bathed in red and orange tones. The image is dominated by the instantly recognizable Venom logo, and is a natural successor to the artwork for previous album, 2011’s Fallen Angels.”

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Napalm Death reveal new album package

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The generals of British grindcore, Napalm Death, have revealed the cover art and tracklist for their forthcoming new album.

Apex Predator – Easy Meat will be released in January via Century Media Records.

Says Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury: “There are many meanings that you could grab from the new album artwork, I think. But one is the representation of how our natural and most basic needs for happiness and communication are being stripped away by materialism and pre-packaged garbage – crap that we don’t need, filtered to us through the media via the mega-corporations with the goal to maintain the bloated bottom line of profit.

“It’s all just stuff that will be obsolete in six months time. And behind the scenes of course, modern day slavery is alive, well and obscured by this facade. It’s all an exercise in deceit to shower us with fake fulfilment, while the poor and underprivileged fall further by the wayside.”

Frontman Barney Greenway adds: “When you go into one of those places with nourishment in mind and you’re greeted with some miserable, artificially-enhanced foodstuff contained in a bleak little receptacle of industrial plastics, it doesn’t exactly inspire you.

“To then fill that plastic tray with the dregs of meat production, well, that is the ‘easy meat’ in the title – representing the people who suffer for burgeoning consumption degraded and dumped in the most pitiful way.”

The full tracklist for Apex Predator – Easy Meat is as follows:

Napalm-Death-Apex-Predator-Easy-Meat01. “Apex Predator – Easy Meat”
02. “Smash A Single Digit”
03. “Metaphorically Screw You”
04. “How The Years Condemn”
05. “Stubborn Stains”
06. “Timeless Flogging”
07. “Dear Slum Landlord…”
08. “Cesspits”
09. “Bloodless Coup”
10. “Beyond The Pale”
11. “Stunt Your Growth”
12. “Hierarchies”
13. “One-Eyed”
14. “Adversarial/Copulating Snakes”

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Google tells Drowned In Sound to censor album cover art

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Technology giant Google has found itself at the centre of a debate surrounding the censorship of music album artwork.

The company recently contacted award winning music website Drowned In Sound, requesting that it censor several images of album art that featured on it’s pages and, subsequently, in proximity to adverts on Google’s advertising network.

Sean Adams, founder of Drowned in Sound, has said that some of the images that they have been asked to censor are “ridiculous.”

Independent Cover - DinS - Censorship StoryIn an interview with BBC Newsbeat, Adams indicated that one of the images was simply a picture of someone “in his pants.”

“Google said if we didn’t comply by Friday they’d pull all of their advertising,” he continued. “As a small music magazine we can’t lose that revenue.”

Drowned in Sound relies on Google ads for about 20% of its income and 40% of its traffic comes from Google searches.

“We’ve censored all the images they asked us to, but I’m sure there’ll be more of these in the future,” Adams said, indicating that the irony is that uncensored versions of the album covers still feature on Google Play (Google’s own online store) and video site YouTube (owned by Google.)

Google themselves have refused to comment on individual cases, but have said in a statement: “Our policies make clear that we will not serve ads to websites with adult or mature content.”

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