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.
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.
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.
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
Venrez – Children Of The Drones
Soon to go on tour with Michael Schenker, Venrez (fronted by a guy called Ven… really) come bearing hard alt rock of a beefy, slightly pensive nature. Brandish forth your air guitars and your finest brooding expressions.
If you like your rock with a bit of a psychedelic tinge then this album is for you and following the success of ‘American Illusion’ I could see this moving Venrez to the next level.
‘Children Of The Drones’ is the third album release by Venrez following their critically acclaimed 2nd album ‘American Illusion’ which found them supporting Slash and Alice Cooper amongst others. The band were formed back in 2011 by frontman Steven Berez (hence the venrez monicker) who met up with multi-instrumentalist Jason Womack and the pair formed a writing partnership almost immediately.
The guys are based on the west coast of America and have drawn their inspiration from the likes of Alice In Chains and the Doors to produce high quality Californian psychedelica. ‘Hang The Predator’ starts things off with a bang. This is a full on AIC like rocker right down to the twin vocals running throughout. Title track ‘Children Of The Drones’ follows and has a more straight forward approach , no nonsense rock with a big chorus.
The pair, together with Ed Davis on drums, seamlessly manage to flow from the faster, rockier tracks into more laid back and spaced out epics like ‘Mist Of Mercy’ with ease. The echoing guitar work of Womack is perfectly paced and pitched to carry you along on a rippling melodic wave.