Label: Blood & Ink
Release Date: July 2009
Reviewed By: Chris W
*Used with permission from Christian Music Zine*
Do you like fast paced chug chug hardcore? Do the sounds of Terror, Seventh Star, or No Innocent Victim excite you? Do you like bold spirit filled hardcore? If so then this album probably sounds like at least 5 other cd’s you already own but still love, and you’ll probably add this one to your collection and adore it.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest I hope you realize that I am in no way knocking or hating on Venia. In fact I actually enjoyed listening to this CD quite a bit. However, this album could easily be by any one of the other aforementioned bands. As standard stock hardcore as this album is, I’d rather have a band get big that has a legit message and passion than another band yelling at me about straightedge and brotherhood (a concept I really don’t think even the bands themselves understand given all the fighting that goes on between crews). The only real complaint I have with this album is I would like to hear more from the guitar and bass. They sit low in the mix and pretty much stick to chug, chug, chugging along. Some variety would work wonders for these guys especially if the bass didn’t follow the guitar 90% of the time.
[Overview] If you like any of the bands I mentioned earlier, or Christ-centered, tough-guy hardcore, then definitely check this out.