Based in Los Angeles, California, VENREZ are the creation of their frontman (the band being named after him); a successful movie producer in Hollywood. While many people, once they’ve reached their fifties, might not still have the drive and determination to start up a band with some serious intentions, Venrez did in 2011, and only four years later, the band have delivered their third full length release, “Children Of The Drones”.
Opening with atmospheric and eerie sythns and effects, very much in the vein of 80s sci-fi/action film soundtracks (think The Terminator), “Hang The Predator” does a great job of setting the tone for the album. Against a backdrop of a solid, melodic rock groove, an effect laded lead line maintains the big, epic sound established in the intro, with a touch of psychedelic rock added into the mix too. The somewhat unique vocals then come in, with lyrics delivered in a somewhat restrained yet haunting style. It really works, and makes for a unique and fresh sounding band!
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Hard rock band Venrez have released a new lyric video for ‘Children Of The Drones’ from their newly released album of the same tittle. The track promotes some interesting and well put together lyrics, sounding quite laid back but powerful at the same time
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“A force to be reckoned with… Venrez totally killed it with their powerful set!”
Venrez graced the stage of The Purple Turtle mid-afternoon and those that weren’t there missed out on something special. Having performed a run of 9 shows with Richie Ramone across the UK, the band were showing no signs of this, with singer Venrez putting on a performance that was both mesmerising and energy fuelled in equal parts. With their hard rock sound and harmonies that sounded sublime throughout, ‘Karma’ kicked off the set in epic rock style as the guitar crunched along to a darker vocal.
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Few bands make music like this anymore and Venrez offer a perfect snapshot of what the mainstream shouldsound like.
Hailing from LA, Venrez deal in the same sort of psychedelic-tinged hard rock that made Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘core’ such a potent brew. With hard –hitting riffs, gruff yet tuneful vocals and a bucketload of attitude, Venrez capitalize upon the success of their 2013 debut, ‘American Illusion’ with ‘children of the drones’, a ten track ride through the sun-bleached heartlands of America that hints at a love of Alice in Chains, STP, stabbing westward and Filter as the band effortlessly meld irresistible pop melodies to insatiable hard rock riffs.
The band open with ‘hang the predator’, a track which cleverly builds to its pummelling riff and which perfectly sets the tone for the album. With unforgettable riffs sending the blood pumping around the body, vaguely progressive lead breaks scratch the surface whilst the vocals snarl from within the heart of the maelstrom. The title track utilises a similar template, the hefty riffs underpinned by fine drumming and the whole given plenty of melodic bite thanks to the tidy vocals. An early highlight of the album, ‘devil’s due’ is a breezy, heavy track with a chunky riff and distorted vocal, all of which seems set to wedge itself into your brain without so much as a by your leave. It doesn’t seem so long ago that bands in this vein used to rule the airwaves and it takes a minute to sink in that almost no one makes music like this in the current climate, which is a great shame because Venrez, on the strength of this material, have great potential to reach a massive audience. With a thumping dance beat and reverb-laden lead, ‘salvation’ is a pumping slab of dancefloor-friendly rock, the likes of which hasn’t been heard since Muse’s ‘black holes and revelations’. Instantly danceable, it’s a track with plenty of depth beside, and you can’t help but feel that it’s the ideal opening blow that the band can strike in order to get the night going in the live environment. Finally displaying a tenderer side, ‘Mist of mercy’ sees the band slow the pace for a swirling track that mixes up ‘jar of flies’-era Alice in Chains with the Doors and Ozzy Osbourne. It’s an atmospheric track that borders on the hypnotic and it provides a suitable close to the first half of the record, winding its way around the listener, wrapping them in a gossamer fine melody that is beautiful and yet so fragile you fear it could fall apart at any moment.
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So far, 2015 is panning out to be a fantastic year for AOR and the classic american rock sound we’re all very familiar with, but throw in a successful movie producer with dreams of creating a worthy rock band into the mix and you hear the unmistakable sound of Venrez. With two well-recieved albums already released (Sell The Lie and American Illusion), and the experience of touring with the established artist; Slash, and Alice Cooper, Venrez is certainly on route to be something of a stand-out artist on the scene with new album ‘Children Of The Drones’.
‘Children Of Drones’ is a very interesting album (to say the least). Heavy riffs and use of compression, phasers, and epic futuristic emulating effects takes Venrez in a completely different direction than most emerging artists seem to be heading towards. I’m not too sure which genre this music lends itself to, but i’m convinced that being unable to categorise this album can’t be a bad thing in a genre that can be pretty saturated with emerging artists who are striving to achieve a unique sound.
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What do you get when you cross Nirvana, The Doors, Alice In Chains, and a former movie producer, Steven Berez? The correct answer is Venrez. Formed in 2011, the band has pushed out their third studio album, Children of the Drones, and set a new precedence for themselves in an album that balls up many facets of the rock spectrum to bring a new genre to the forefront as displayed on the groups Facebook page, Epic Alternative Rock.
The band, coming off touring with the likes of Alice Cooper, Buckcherry, Slash, and Hardcore Superstar, can add another notch to their belts. The first single released off the album, “Hang the Predator,” pulls you in with a small chant of “we must remember” coupled perfectly with a small electronic crescendo. With a grunge-styled guitar riff in the background, one that’s so solid that it can only help to compound the lyrical elegance over and over again of what the album is all about, “we must unite to hang the predator.” This is an album that is centered around a single predator, that of the government.
The band’s smooth, pacifying, unpretentious guitar riffs found throughout the album, mainly come to the forefront in songs like “Mist of Mercy” and “Reflection,” where they also mix flawlessly with lead singer Venrez’ voice. This unique album will leave the listener entrenched in a trance begging for more of the groups laid back, psychedelic style.
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At 56, Steven Berez should have known better. At 60 he definitely should have. But come on, you’ve got a successful career as a Hollywood movie producer, you are entitled to a little bit of a mid-life crisis, right?
Actually if Venrez was the result of Ven (as his mates apparently call him) having a rock n roll itch to scratch, then by now it’s surely a full-blown rash, because some four years after forming, his band are onto album number three. And while they are at it, they’ve toured with Alice Cooper and Slash.
That’ll do you as a potted history, because here’s that third album to dissect, and it matters not what he did or didn’t do in the other career, only what the band sounds like.
The answer to that question is rather easy. In large part, and for much of this record, you keep thinking of one band in particular – Alice In Chains.
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Venrez, a well established Hollywood producer at 56 years of age decided he wanted to form a band; a rock band. In 2011 that is precisely what he did causing quite the intriguing and sensational stir, with their captivating sound which I reckon is a whole new genre and a breath of fresh air.
It’s a good job that some of life’s smarter decisions don’t materialise until the care free, ‘I’m invincible and oh just for the hell of it’ attitudes have cocooned, been reborn and blossomed into one of the finest ideas one could possibly have.
Against all odds Venrez have delivered two very successful LPs ( Sell The Lie and American Illusion). Which lead to touring the USA and UK/Europe with Slash, Alice Cooper, Buckcherry and Hardcore Superstar. They have now embarked upon a third album which I found not only enchanting but down- right fantastic!
Maturity; along with a youthful mind and heart have been blended in this case, and is a rarity indeed. You can’t be faulted for having an infatuation with a dream and ambition which Venrez obviously had been clutching close to his heart for some time. Songs like ‘Deep’ and ‘Reflection’ are slow, hypnotic with chiming guitar work echoing above the tinkling keyboards accentuating the heart pounding drum beats.
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