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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Some of you might remember that I reviewed Venrez’s second album American Illusion in the early days of this blog and I was impressed by the band then, well luckily very little has changed on their third album the band are still purveyors of psychedelic, reverb driven hard rock that is part Alice In Chains part Wylde-era Ozzy. Once again the album lyricism focuses on the government, the failures of modern life and how much everything sucks really, still they do it backed by some muscular guitar work played deftly with low and slow guitar work from Jason Womack on Mist Of Mercy and Refelction.
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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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L.A. based rockers, Venrez are back with their third release, ‘Children Of The Drones’. Ven – vocals Jason Womack – guitars Nico D’Arnese – bass Ed Davis – drums. This time around the band serves up a sonic rock sound that goes for the throat. The most striking components for me, initially, are the pulsing, off-center arrangements of many of the tracks, suggesting a concept album built off of a palpitating heart monitor. Also notable are the thick textures and synths, which mesh with Jason Womack’s solid guitar delivery. There is something for everyone who likes any form of rock music on here.
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Here’s a fairly unique band for you. I listened to this album quite a bit trying to figure out their sound and who it reminded me of. There’s some Alice in Chains in doses, but this band has a sound that’s not as common in today’s market. The album has a very cool vibe with it’s rich sounding atmospheric sound and smooth vocal work. Some albums are easy to figure out and some grow with time and become equally enjoyable. This album fits into the latter. Venrez are ambitious and determined. This is a good step in their journey. It will be cool to watch them continue to grow with each record.
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Los Angeles based modern heavy rockers Venrez released their debut, ‘American Illusion‘, in 2013 and gained a very good feedback from fans and press. After the release of the debut, the band toured across the USA and UK/Europe with SLASH, ALICE COOPER, BUCKCHERRY andHARDCORE SUPERSTAR.
Nowadays, the band is back in business with the brand new album which is called “Children Of The Drones“. And as Ven (the lead singer) states : “”I think it’s what rock needs right now. It’s melodic, heavy, the groove is unique and the songs have lyrics with powerful lessons and messages. Venrez is a cerebral band that makes you think while you enjoy the music. I feel it’s a new genre all together, which I call ‘Epic Alternative Rock’ – or ‘EAR’ for short.”
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Easily one of the more interesting releases to come out in awhile and it took the collaboration of guys from yesterday and today.
Believe it or not Venrez is 56 years old (or young) and is a well-known Hollywood producer. Jason Womack pretty much plays every musical instrument ever invented, he writes the music, Ven does the lyrics and vocals. What comes out is a delicious mix of 80’s New Wave and modern Gothic Rock. The closest thing I can even compare them to is Killing Joke, not really their sound but the “vibe” they unleash. I also get flashbacks of Alice Cooper’s song “Clones” too. They fall under the category of Alternative I guess, but they have some heavy guitars riffs and catchy lyrics that make they very accessible.
Sometimes you can take a couple unique entities like Venrez’s laid back spaced out vocals and Womack’s magically creepy guitar tones and you have something so interesting you can’t ignore it. Ironically the sound sounds futuristic and retro at the same time, they’re like the “Steampunk” of rock. It’s new but put together with classic parts that somehow fit together beautifully.
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L.A Rockers Venrez sure made an impression on me as one of the most hard working dedicated bands on the road today. The band are a strong independent force that have naturally engrained musical talent & a magnetic impulse to project across not only uplifting, pure rock songs but a thought provoking meaning and ethos to go along with it. The bands UK Tour was made up of mostly Scottish dates with a succession of smaller venue’s booked for each show, it was a brave way to reach out and touch fans on a intimate level & I have every admiration for their one- to-one time, chatting with folks who came out to embrace their music.
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