Though initially set to support Polish death metal outfit Decapitated for the duration of their headline tour of the UK in November, rising British heavy hitters Venom Prison have announced that they’ve decided to pull themselves out of the tour due to recent allegations made towards the headliners.
For those unaware of the situation at hand, Decapitated were arrested in Santa Ana, California on September 9th 2017 following charges and allegations of kidnapping and rape made towards all four members.
You can read our full report on these allegations made towards the band and the situation as it stands at the time of writing here.
At the time of writing, all four members of Decapitated are being held in the Los Angeles County Jail without bail and awaiting extradition to Spokane.
Venom Prison announced the news that they have stepped down from the tour via this social channels, and have also made a donation to the charity organisation, Rape Crisis.
You can read Venom Prison‘s full statement below.
“It is with great dismay that Venom Prison is opting to pull out of our scheduled dates in the UK with Decapitated. As you are no doubt aware, the members of Decapitated were arrested on Saturday, 9th September in Santa Ana, California.
It is no secret that Venom Prison are opposed to rape and sexual assault, the band continue to advocate women’s rights and bring attention to the many serious issues which continue to plague the extreme music genres.
Venom Prison would like to stress that everyone is entitled to a fair trial – via the appropriate legal channels, not just via social media – and Decapitated remain respected musicians until proven otherwise. In addition, we would state that the burden of proof in any criminal matter, at least in the UK, is that of beyond all reasonable doubt, that 99% what is alleged to have happened did happen. On that basis, until an individual is convicted, we are not in a position to comment on the present allegations.
It is imperative that we state that we don’t believe these things ‘just happen’, so regardless as to the extent of the allegations, inevitably situations such as the one Decapitated have found themselves in, more often do than don’t involve some degree of inappropriate behaviour.
As above, we have not made any effort to hide our views on what we see as an issue that is becoming more and more visible, an unfortunate ugliness that continues to spread. On that basis, we apologise to anyone who has already purchased tickets specifically to see Venom Prison, and whilst we would ask that you reserve your judgment, Venom Prison will not be performing at the scheduled dates.
Furthermore, we have opted to donate £200 to Rape Crisis England & Wales. We hope that you will continue to raise awareness to issues such as rape and sexual assault, in music and anywhere, we must continue to take a stand and as long as Venom Prison is a band, we will continue to resist censorship and make our feelings known.
We thank you for your continued support.”
At the time of writing, it’s uncertain as to whether or not Decapitated‘s UK tour in November will be going ahead or if it will be cancelled, and will no doubt be subject to the outcome of the investigation.
For more information on the work that Rape Crisis do, head on over to the charity’s official website (here).
Venom Prison‘s debut studio album, ‘Animus’, is out now through Prosthetic Records.