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Venus 5: Venus 5
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Venus 5: Venus 5

Melodic Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

Well then. The famous all girl group. A staple of music history that dates back to the Fifties. I think: The Supremes, Martha And The Vandellas, or The Ronettes, maybe LaBelle. (Here, I'm guessing most readers under the age of forty have no idea who I'm talking about) But not Destiny's Child or Spice Girls. Classic Motown is the golden era of all girl groups. Hybrids would then arise wherein a female or females would front a band: Big Brother And The Holding Company (Janis Joplin), later Heart and Joan Jett, among many others. Who can forget veterans of the Eighties hair metal: Vixen. The proliferation would continue until even the hardest and most extreme genres had a female vocalist. Arch Enemy, et al.

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Venus 5

This month we're introduced to a modern, all female, vocal group: Venus 5. Cleverly named after the Roman goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility, the group includes five vocalists. Mostly an international band, the members include Herma (SNB), Karmen Klinc, Jelena Milovanovic, Tezzi Persson (Infinite & Divine), and Erina Seitllari. These five lovely lasses get to perform and sing in a melodic metal rock context. Music and lyrics contributions arrive from Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, etc.) and his team of writers, including Jake E. (Cyrha, ex-Amaranthe) who co-produced the vocals, Stefan Helleblad (Within Temptation, who also plays guitars on the album), and Per Aldeheim (Def Leppard, H.E.A.T, Stanfour, etc.)

So what can I say in synposis of this mighty Frontiers conflagration. One, the music kicks ass. The arrangements are mostly melodic metal which are heavy but also integrate rock groove, some power metal speed, and perhaps some industrial and rave dance rhythms. Second, without specific information, it appears lead vocals are shared then, in the overall vocal arrangements, vocal background and gang harmony are handled by all. Perhaps, in another context, time travel, producers and gals are channeling the spirit of those great girl groups. This can be very impressive, notably within Nothing But A Heartache or Bride With Blackened Eyes. While hardly novel, and my favorite song, Tom And Ms Amy Lee allows for some sardonic satire in a very strong rock context. Maybe more subtle yet with gusto and groove, Monster Under Your Bed is another rocker. Taking a cue from those seminal girl bands, perhaps Venus 5 should take on abusive boyfriends and husbands with a song entitled, Monster In My Bed. For the next album, possibly. All in all, Venus 5 is interesting and entertaining take on the classic all girl vocal group, but this in a heavy melodic metal rock context with some additional genre nuances. Check it out; support the women.




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The Take Away

Venus 5 is interesting and entertaining take on the classic all girl vocal group, but this in a heavy melodic metal rock context with some additional genre nuances. Check it out; support the women.

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