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VENEJER Trapped Inside
Independent Release
Rating: 10 Out Of 10
Reviewed by: Bam-Bam

The latest project to exit the mad scientist lab known as Paul Trust Studios (the guy who brought us killer production on ENDO, DIECAST, DAY MINUS 7 albums and more…) is a Miami, Florida band called VENEJER. Truly, it’s the most devastating Metal with a Radio Friendly flair that I’ve ever heard. As apple pie American Metal as this might sound on the surface, the group’s makeup couldn’t be more a melting pot of influences from their Venezuelan, Dominican Republic, Brazilian, Cuban and Nicaraguan backgrounds. Hefty breakdowns fly rampant in each of the four tracks, the next one sounding distinctively more unique than the last, and unlike the typical shots that we’re so used to these days. It used to be that if you wanted to hear a cool, tight breakdown, you’d have to wait for the new PANTERA album to drop, but these guys just load ‘em up and launch them between the eyes with reckless abandon.

Now, to dissect this little monster; the first thing that catches my attention is the throaty vocals provided by Juan Amato. If anyone remembers the killer band BURN SEASON, I’d like to stamp this seal of approval on that type of Jason “Gong” Jones-era DROWNING POOL meets heavy NICKELBACK shred. Take a moment to re-read and get the gist of that analogy because I don’t want anyone believing that VENEJER is some “wannabe Modern Radio, NICKELBACK soundalikes”…I simply think they encompass some of the more “Metal” moments that vocalist Chad Kroeger captures in the heavier NICKELBACK material. I mean, you can bang your head and shake your ass to this stuff…it’s really quite universal and amazingly heavy at the same time. Another zen-like highlight are those damned breakdowns that are so solid you could build all of Rome and a few Egyptian temples on them! How refreshing it is to hear songs that really hold up from start to finish. My personal favorite, “The Haunting”, is crunchier than a bucket of stale movie popcorn and is musically, one of the album’s real standouts. “Beast In Me” and “Vice” are solid knocks on the door of every Active Rock Radio Programmer in the U.S., and “Colors Of The Fall” is so heartfelt and hauntingly real that I’m sure the female fans will have something to knock BREAKING BENJAMIN and STAIND out of their Ipods FOREVER!!! On the surface, it’s simply mind-blowing that the guys have created something so perfect their first step out into the mainstream, but those of us who know Paul Trust’s instinctive brilliance to hear a hit and find bands that just ooze magic in their music will totally recognize that this is no fluke. These guys are the real thing and Paul’s stamp of approval on it in the production arena is all the proof most listeners will need.

Definitely check the band out and snag a copy of Trapped Inside soon by heading over to (HERE). In addition to being one of my Top 10 “Best New Bands In 2009”, the guys are tearing up stages along the East Coast with acts like SEVENDUST and more, so try to catch a show and experience the power they wield in the live setting. Comes with my Highest Recommendations to accompany their perfect 10 Out Of 10 Score!!!
23 Nov 2009 by Bam-Bam

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