Saturday 20 October 2018

Album Review: VENUES - Aspire

Venues - Aspire

01. We Are One
02. Lights
03. The Longing
04. Fading Away
05. The Epilogue
06. Dilemma
07. My True North
08. Star Children
09. Nothing Less
10. Shades Of Memory
11. Silence
12. Ignite

I can't believe that I'd never listened to Germany's Venues until recently. I'd seen the name around, but for some reason had it in my head that they were one of those Tech-Djent bands that all sound the same. I was pleasantly surprised when I gave Aspire a listen.

Imagine a melting pot of Paramore, Pvris, and Bring Me The Horizon, and you'd be somewhere close. This, coupled with the superb production, is a recipe for a band that could go supersonic.

Aspire is their debut album and it sounds like the work of a band that has decades of honing their craft, so for a band this young it's a massive achievement. The melodic lead vocals of front-woman Nyves are juxtaposed nicely with the aggressive male vocals of Robin, who incidentally sounds quite a bit like Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon. Although the band is considered 'Post-Hardcore', they fearlessly explore commercial Pop territories, such as on the stellar Lights, but inject plenty of savagery throughout the record giving it plenty of bite. When Venues combine these two worlds, such as on tracks like Star Children and Nothing Less, they create music that's as dynamic as it is infectious.

Aspire is a solid debut with enough great tracks to cement their place as one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in the scene. It'll be very interesting to see where they go from here, as I'm expecting great things from Venues in the future.

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