CD Review: Ventenner - Distorture

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Short Introduction

Ventenner are a industrial metal band. There music can be said to be have some similarities to Depeche Mode. To be precise I think back of the old Depeche Mode, meaning mostly the Ultra album plus Music for the masses but without the party feelings in them.

That's where elements from Nine Inch Nails come into play.
The music has a lot of dark elements in them which are cleverly put inside of the songs. So most of the tracks have a very emotional, atmospheric style in them but inside of the mostly darker parts there's often a glimpse of light in there. That's where the catchy melodies and hooks can be found. Some of the songs you'll fastly won't forget anymore once you've heard them. "Distorture" is the bands second effort, following up to the first record entitled "‘This Is the Reason" from 2012.

(c) Ventenner, used with kind permission

Short Summary / Player / Purchase Link

Industrial metal ain't everybody's taste and so it was for a long time for me. I disliked all the working with technical effects and the slowliness of the music. But as you walk through life things change and so did my music preferences. I would like to encourage everybody to check out this album. It is great and it's not only cold, electronic music but moreover has Ventenner made sure to put in hand made music that comes directly from the band themselves.

Check out the tracks "Wave" and "Six Blood" to quickly get a idea what the band is all about. The rest of the album takes much more time but it pays off once you give it a chance.

Just check out the stream below to find out if the album meets your choice of musical style. The download comes around for 10 Euro through the bandcamp page of the bands record company Sonic Fire Records. You'll get 60 Minutes of music in the format of your choice including MP3, FLAC etc. for your money that leave more than enough space for listening to it several times.

In support of the latest output the band is going to do some shows in England. Make sure to go if you can make it to one of their shows:

18th October – London, Electrowerkz w/ Hanzel Und Gretyl
30th November – London, O2 Academy w/ Orgy

The band has a own website http://www.ventenner.com/ up and running where you can find out more about the band. Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Ventenner also offers a great way to stay up to date with all the latest happening in the Ventenner universe.

Track-by-Track Review

01. Rise
Slowly we start back coming to our senses. A very good intro and start into the album. A constant melody underlayed with different drum beats that change during the track. Some rough guitars towards the end and much distortion introduce the band as they pick up there instruments to start playing the songs of Distorture...

02. Six Blood
A very catchy one with a constant drum track and fine instrumentation. You can easily imagine the people dancing to the song in the clubs. The chorus comes with a lot of loud vocals and a bit of screaming while the rest is kept in a haunting but calm spoken soft form. It's the variations of the instruments that are cleverly placed in this piece of music. The end comes with some more electronic effects and vocal screams and fades away. The video for Six Blood I talked about some time earlier fitts to the mood the song provides.

03. Wave
Love this! It's what I would call a song that leaves a long lasting impression once heard. While the rhythm is once again very stable the cold guitars and crawling vocals come close to you to explode with a emotional explosion. Some rhthym change at the middle of the song with a cold, empty and lonely sounding keyboard melody makes the earcatcher perfect. The end mixes up all the elements of the previous parts to leave you at the end with the keyboard melody. Once you hear this you'll surely want to have a  repeat. I've just done pressing that button while typing these lines. :-)

04. Unaffected
A faster track of the album! Drums open up this one along with some faster vocals. The refrain introduces the variable voice of the vocalist - much more than you might've thought from the previous songs. A slower intermezzo with rough guitars at the middle of Unaffected along with vocals give you some time to breath before a more clear part come in with some guitar improvisations. A hard attack of lyrics like a machine-gun takes us back to the style of the beginnig. The end comes fast and abrupt.

05. Distorture
The title-song comes as a very compact instrumental with a mixture of electronic music and heavy guitars. A dark and edgy piece of music. Could be some sort of music for a film. Maybe some action movie with a dystopic setting or ending.

06. Skin Ritual
The traditionell constant rhythm opens up this one. A slow tune with soft guitar vibes. Overall it contines the dark feelings of the previous title-song of the album. Like a flower this song finally opens up towards the end to show all the beauty it has to offer. The refrain is soft and feels comfortable but the end comes fast.

07. Begin Again
Spacy guitars open up this instrumental before some marching drums and percussion join in and the sound grows a bit more rude. Some soft keyboards can be heard more in the background and give in a melodic touch that lead the direction and take over toward the end of it all. The last seconds are a bit strange. Some keyboard effects if I'm not mistaken.

08. Metacell
A fast rhythm open up. One of the faster tracks with a danceable feeling once again. Loud vocals in the first row along with some effects. The last part is much slower with more edgy vocals and some guitar riffs close this short song.

09. Fallout
Majestic keyboards in the beginning. A change once again to a slow part with lots of screaming vocals. Much calmer vocals in the next part before the screaming part repeats  for a short while. Keyboards all over some more moments at the end before it all abruptly is gone in silence...

10. Cast
Constant drums along with keyboards and dominating high pitched vocals dominate the soundscape. Repeating keyboards and the same structure as in the beginning continue the path before some whispered words point towards a eyecatchy keyboard melody. The vocals are something special. Long stretched vocals lines with some effect but perfectly fitting each line to the last note of each melody. It has a beauty of it's very own style.

11. Undone
A slow atmospheric start - soft notes and vocals touch the listeners ears. As if you paint a picture with music so it'a bit with this song. The colors and forms vary as the song goes forward. A dreamingly landscape with different moods we pass through in my ears.

12. Shade
Broken drums and fragments of melodies form a "Shade".  The bass guitar sound is something special giving it a extra note that keeps running through my ears. Beautifull vocals slowly add to this outstanding song. Stronger vocals in the last third open up for more louder and harder sound fragments. The soft keyboard notes from which the song may originate close the 12. track of "Distorture".

13. House of Ten
Raw guitars are the main element this song is made of with vocals and drums of the same. Once again the theme of the song changes and a soft part comes in. It's the same theme then in the beginning but without all of the hard distortion in it. The song fades away at the end. Hopefully we will hear more from this band in the future. I would like to know how they evolve even further. A lot of great music on this album.

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