The Akademia has chosen Hang The Predator as the best hard rock song of August 2016! Read about it here!
It was a strange crowd, here to see the rock guitar legend that is Michael Schenker and his ‘Temple of Rock’ tour, but that aside, they were treated to one of those nights that was not a gig, but a really unexpected exciting experience.
The support band tonight were Venrez, a band out of LA comprising of Venrez himself on vocals, Cynthia Gillet on bass, Ed Davis on drums and Jason Womack on lead guitar. A motley crew who had definitely been around the block a few times, but that mattered not as they delivered a sublime set of high energy, hard, psychedelic rock music the likes of which has not been seen here for too many years.
It’s a Friday night in Nottingham and, in two neighbouring venues, two cracking metal gigs are taking place. In the Rescue Rooms Max Cavalera and his troops of doom in Soulfly are playing and, in Rock City, Michael Schenker is leading his awesome Temple of Rock project into battle. It’s an unfortunate conflict because it threatens to divide the audience somewhat, but happily Rock City is still comfortably full and the air is laden with anticipation for a concert that promises to showcase material from across the spectrum of a truly extraordinary career.
First, however, are Venrez. Venrez truly impressed SonicAbuse last year with their excellent album ‘Children of the drone’ and live they don’t disappoint. Superficially, the band have a somewhat incongruous look. With a bassist whose icy cool recalls Brigitte Nielson’s character in Beverly Hills Cop 2 and a drummer who seems to be Dave Grohl’s evil twin (and boy can he hit those skinshard), the band simply tear into the audience, laying down the hardest riffs this side of Schenker himself. Venrez has a voice that could level buildings, powerful and full of emotion and Jason Womack is one of those rare guitarists who somehow sounds like there’s at least three other guitarists playing on stage along with him.
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It’s not often that a bona-fide metal guitar legend comes to town and when he does it’s only right that support is provided in the shape of LA upstarts Venrez. According to their biog, between them they have an extensive background of experience (drummer Ed Davis and guitarist Jason Womack are former members of Juliette Lewis and the Licks while Venrez used to be a movie producer and bassist Cynthia Gillet is a kickboxing champion and has toured with Billy Ray Cyrus) and this mishmash of experience has brought together an interesting and effective suckerpunch of rock music.
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Frequent visitors to these shores over the last year or two, LA rockers Venrez are confident live performers. That road craft means that their more thumping, balls out moments, like “Devil’s Due” and “Children Of The Drones” (both from last year’s album of the same name as the latter) have rather morphed into menacing beasts and with Jason Womack in excellent form, the quartet are a heavier prospect on stage than you might imagine from their studio output.
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Here’s the debut of the new official lyric video for Devil’s Due, off the latest Venrez record Children Of The Drones:
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!
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