An undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of uncertain outcome.
A business enterprise involving some risk in expectation of gain
UPDATE 2011: VENTURE HAS OVER 1.5 MILLION ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS OF THEIR MUSIC THROUGH FILE SHARING SITES!
"...Well I can clearly see that you've got what it takes to accomplish your dreams...In the end, it all comes down to the songs. No one in the world can deny a great one."
Mark Tremonti of Creed / Alter Bridge
These are the words that inspired founding member Blake Self to form the band known as VENTURE. After graduating high school, Blake received a hand written letter from his greatest idol. CREED was ruling the airwaves and topping the charts, and their lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, took the time to write a personal letter to one of his biggest fans.
The wheels were put in motion...the stage was set...VENTURE exploded onto the rock scene from literal obscurity in 3 short years. Their debut CD, THE PRISONER, has already caught the attention of many on radio, and now their live performances are creating quite a stir in the music industry.
" Who are these guys?" is the most often asked question.
Blake Self, Michael Barnes, and Vin Abadie have formed a powerful alliance, and are poised to take their music to the next level. "It's been a great journey so far, and we have so many hurdles to overcome," says lead singer/guitar player Blake Self.
VENTURE was fortunate to work with some amazing producers on their first album. Justin Thomas (Faktion), Brett Hestla (Creed, Dark New Day), and Beau Hill (Ratt, Warrant, Winger, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylon) all have contributed greatly to their success.
"Brett has been instrumental in shaping our sound, and his ideas and suggestions always have a huge impact on our overall sound...he really is an amazing guy!" says Blake.
THE PRISONER was released in September 2007, and their title track, The Prisoner, gained instant praise and acceptance in the radio community, exciting DJ’s on radio and on the world-wide web.
On July 18th, 2007. VENTURE opened for GODSMACK in Dallas TX, and they were received by over 4000 enthusiastic fans! VENTURE was hand picked to open the show, and just two bands were on the bill...VENTURE + GODSMACK!
Recently, VENTURE licensed their music to be featured on upcoming UFC events, Spike TV,Versus Channel, and The Ultimate Fighter Series. WITHOUT A DOUBT was featured in entirety on the UFC 91 DVD... Brock Lesner vs Randy Couture Heavyweight Championship Fight and also featured on the Versus Channel's World Extreme Cagefighting, WEC 36.Their song, IMPOSSIBLE, was featured on the hour long special, Countdown To Ultimate Fight Night 14. The band’s song, GOODBYE, has been licensed in film on the web cast horror series, TV FACE. IMPOSSIBLE has also been featured in SLED HEADS 4 from TAHOE FILMS, an international extreme winter sports series, filmed in Hi-Definition TV. They have continued their inclusion in film with 4 more songs included in the next Tahoe Films project, MOUNTAINS AND MUD 4. Lastly, the band has an informal clothing endorsement with Doctrine Apparel from Los Angeles, CA.
VENTURE'S new song, BITTER, recently won "BEST SINGLE" by the INDEPENDENT SINGER/SONGWRITER ASSOCIATION in 2008.
In July 2008, VENTURE was a Top 10 finalist to join the Van's Warped Tour. Also, VENTURE was a Top 30 finalist to join The Motley Crue Tour, with over 9000 bands entering nationwide.
Check out and purchase their music online by visiting their websites:
www.myspace.com/venture or www.reverbnation.com/venture
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Blake Self- Lead Vocals/ Guitar
Vin Abadie- Lead Guitar
Rob Stankiewicz- Drums
PULL THE TRIGGER EP- Release Date 1-17-09
01. RED HANDED
02. LET IT GO
04. MOVING FORWARD
05. NOT TOO LATE
06. THE PRISONER
08. NOT TOO LATE (INSTRUMENTAL)
THE PRISONER- 12 song cd -Release Date 09-12-07 SOLD OUT!
01. THE PRISONER
02. ALL THAT I NEED
03. MY OWN
04. FALLEN ANGEL
06. ON MY WAY
07. WITHOUT A DOUBT
08. HOLD YOU DOWN
10. GIVE ME YOUR PAIN
11. REMEMBER YOU
THE RENASCENCE EP- Released 3/24/07 SOLD OUT!
2. On My Way
3. Remember You
SILVER LINING EP- Released 7/08/06 SOLD OUT!
1. Hold You Down
2. My Own
3. Give Me Your Pain
4. Fallen Angel
SHATTERED EP- Released 11-05-04 SOLD OUT!
PULL THE TRIGGER Review
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Final Rating: 4.46/5 Review by JERE Just about two short years ago Venture’s arrival exploded ...Final Rating: 4.46/5
Review by JERE
Just about two short years ago Venture’s arrival exploded like a volatile powder keg on several fronts as their full length debut, The Prisoner, brought the contemporary rock world trembling to it’s knees. In the time since then Venture has proven that their artistic chemistry would be their strongest characteristic as the band would be greatly noticed in last past year as a top ten finalist on the Van’s Warped tour as well as being one of the 30 finalists in Mötley Crüe’s Make Rock History. One of the new songs (Bitter) featured on this EP would go on to win Best Single in the Independent Singer/Songwriter Association in 2008 so when one looks deeper Venture has the right components in place to attain a wider amount of fame and popularity however after such an notable debut the question remained if this band would be able to expand their musicianship into areas that would see their songwriting mature all the while harnessing the raw kinetic energy they had the first time around.
Thankfully as time has steadily gone by so has Venture’s reputation for putting forth a quality effort as the band once again teams up with the two established talents who’ve helped them break the mold with Brett Hestla once again returning to the producer’s chair and Beau Hill mixing one of the new tracks (Red Handed). Venture end up holding their own as they’ve managed to harness all their combustible talents into writing and recording five new songs which compared to the material featured on The Prisoner is a lot more polished in the mix yet listeners can still hear all the heavy hitting qualities that make this group pop on so many diverse levels. Vocalist Blake Self retains a domineering presence as the emotions he draws from really bring the group’s dynamic flair into a sonic unison which should no doubt expand Venture’s success on multiple horizons. Self and guitarist Vin Abadie have also placed elaborate solos throughout this EP which assist in keeping contemporary traits decisively in place with guitar playing that unites several complex techniques while still retaining a flashy style that keeps the whole product very exciting. Venture made a great first impression, in 2007, and pushing their talents further with brand new music that would deviate from The Prisoner had the band turning things up a notch so for nearly every step they take on Pull The Trigger these guys have continued to grow by leaps and bounds.
+ Not wasting that much time in between new music Venture show exactly why they are one of the leading modern rock acts out there today with an EP that has a nice big sound behind all the new compositions. Everything that this group has learned over the last few years they’ve really studied the qualities that make a great hard rock band tick. From the nonstop bombardment of guitars to Blake Self being everything that all front men should be in today’s music industry Venture are taking their own advice to heart and are confidently moving forward.
- While Pull The Trigger features five new songs (not including an instrumental version of Not Too Late) the guys also decided to include two songs (The Prisoner and Goodbye) from their first album on this EP which helps in giving people more bang for their buck but for some reason I kind of question this decision. Now, that is not saying it was a bad one considering anyone who just stumbles across this EP probably hasn’t heard Venture’s full length opus yet. This day in age an EP usually serves a greater purpose for artists by filling the void in between albums and Venture have managed to hit one out of the park with new material that significantly expands past their sound from a couple years ago. Even with two older tracks incorporated into this release unless you’re a stickler for details it doesn’t really take away from the listening experience as a whole.
Let It Go, Red Handed, Moving Forward, Bitter, Not Too Late.
> Similar - Alter Bridge, Dark New Day, Fuel
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> Artist Link: www.ventureband.com
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THE PRISONER REVIEW
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Track By Track Breakdown 1. The Prisoner - Even though this song is called The Prisoner it certainl...Track By Track Breakdown
1. The Prisoner - Even though this song is called The Prisoner it certainly doesn't take any (prisoners that is) as right from the opening note this relatively unknown band from Dallas/Fort Worth Texas unleashes their first full length album on the hard rock world. Throughout the entire track this group keeps the intensity on high as they manage to incorporate driving vocals with some elaborate songwriting. Everything about this song is what encompasses the best values in modern rock but Venture also remember to make sure to hold true to what makes hard rock such an emotional genre. Vocalist Blake Self is without a doubt a voice who can hold his own when it comes to belting out power choruses and with this being the lead off track he doesn't waste much time giving listeners an earful. The singer's job is one of the hardest as not only does he have to match the rest of the band in their delivery but he has to be able to move the song forward and keep the listeners in the palm of his hand. One song into this album and already I can tell that Blake is up to the challenge and more importantly is willing to prove himself by going past his own limits and I think The Prisoner definitely shows the potential he has and now comes the time to impress others.
2. All That I Need - Has more of an alternative influence behind the opening guitars so it takes a little while before things begin to fall into place on this song. The main chorus is a little more difficult to find however once it does take form listeners get a well structured piece of songwriting that leaves a more profound effect. All That I Need is able to combine a mid-tempo structure with an intricate build up and I think even though this song isn't as driven in terms of it's arrangement the song manages to have tremendous staying power well after it's over with. The band is able to turn the tables here and work more with structure that fits well into the alternative/modern rock scene. Granted when it comes to this specific sub-genre of rock you're limited to what you can do yet with Venture they feel like one of the up and coming groups that have the opportunity to provide fans with material that is able to stand on its own. With a song like All That I Need Venture unquestionably has the talent to take them places if their willing to work hard and give the ultimate sacrifice for their art form.
3. My Own - The band turns the intensity back around returning to driving modern rock riffs as My Own dives into a heavy/raw sound. Blake is able to channel his voice into another stellar performance continuing to impress me with every vocal he lays down. Once more Venture returns to the power chorus formula managing to put all their emotion into it and once again it ends up paying off since All That I Need was more laid back this is more of a return to form for the band. For a first full length album these guys have managed to pay attention to every little detail on this release thus far. To hear a group the likes of this be able to harness all the key elements into one driving sound shows that they have a great chemistry together which in turn down the road will take them places. So far it looks as if Venture are compiling a collection of solid rock songs that as their careers continue to evolve will being up a great foundation that they can build from even further.
4. Fallen Angel - A huge upbeat riff comes exploding out of the speakers before the song drops down in tone to combine another epic hard rock anthem with an emotional build up. One would think that Venture would trip up sooner or later but Fallen Angel sees them yet again put forth another solid piece of songwriting that focuses on the massive harmonies brought forth from Blake's impressive range. While it is somewhat limited he is able to differentiate between the soothing delivery that evolves into the main chorus by still retaining all the essential qualities to be a dynamic rock singer. The rest of the band is very much still in the zone as they are given some breathing room on this song while still being able to match Blake in nearly every transition that he goes through.
5. Impossible - Has a more darker feel in the opening notes but quickly develops into yet another energetic rock anthem and it actually leaves me in awe how this group has been able to keep the passion of this album in check with each song that has been unleashed thus far. What is even more impressive is a band the likes of Venture are obviously getting the formula down right, knowing how to build up tracks in all the proper methods, and most importantly aren't slowing down that much to show off their variety. I mean sure you need variety in order to keep things sounding fresh but in terms of a modern rock band having the freedom to give listeners songs that incorporate the best of current traits without over doing it. Impossible pretty much trumps all the previous material featured by giving everyone all the best qualities whether it be the songwriting, the delivery, the infectious chorus, or Venture themselves taking certain risks. The finished product here is something that both the bands and rock fans should be proud of.
6. On My Way - Brings forth mid-tempo qualities with additional compelling modern rock intensity that shows everyone that Venture is a band that is willing to go the distance and beyond. On My Way relies more on layering in both the delivery and the songwriting which seems to be intricately built up that lets the band show even more of their flair for their craft. Most contemporary bands can use certain approaches in order to hook you but usually it will come down to methods that have become a bit clichéd since the height of the post grunge era. The way that this composition is done it can incorporate a mix of guitar playing that is half modern with a mix from the classic era of rock (although it takes more listens to hear the classic influences). What I like most about this album thus far is it has an interesting way of changing things up since Impossible was a clear cut rock anthem On My Way goes somewhat darker in it's feeling and that's what helps in keeping this release consistently fresh. As the halfway point is now here Venture have thus far kept up their end of the bargain by giving the world a unique form of modern rock that has quality infused into it. Time will play a pivotal role to see how they do on the rest of the disc.
7. Without A Doubt - If there was one song on this entire release that lives up to the name it was given than without a doubt this the heaviest song throughout the whole album. Cheap puns aside the guys don't fool around here as they have come into this track without any qualms in giving listeners something that will rock and will do so with such determination it is almost hard to believe that this band has just released their debut album. These guys, up to this point, have gone past expectations and what is really impressive is how evenly placed the track listing is as just as one would think the album would deter off course it manages to provide hard rock fans with musicianship that doesn't only have the quality factor but it also has enough diversity to not drag the overall attitude of the album down. In all actuality it's extremely hard to find a contemporary band that can stick to the basics while changing things up.
8. Hold You Down - Returning to an alternative influence this mid-tempo number almost conveys the emotion of a ballad however the band milks the main chorus for all it's worth joining the passionate harmony vocals with some dominating guitars. It's almost as if Hold You Down sees an interesting chemistry between power pop and hard rock and it's almost a completely weird feeling to hear Venture integrate a different vibe into the album but again that's whats keeping this release so unique in the first place. Vocalist Blake Self is once more giving another stellar performance as he can go through several different emotions before he finally unleashes everything into the overpowering main chorus and even though he can fit into that mold that so many other contemporary rock vocalists can as well there is a infatuation with his voice that when you hear it has a power to it that is very compelling.
9. Goodbye - Once again this band gets back to providing gripping hard rock that doesn't falter in any noticeable ways. Goodbye pretty much compliments the heavy tones that were set on Without A Doubt but in my opinion there is way more passion behind the performances here. As the album continues forward it really is hard to play favorites since with every passing song it feels that Venture are really coming into their own. That right there is very difficult to do so early on in a their career yet somehow they've managed to capture lightning in a bottle over and over again. This song further cements the fact that there are rock bands out there nowadays still willing to take risks and do things their own way in order to make a name for themselves and Venture are not backing down one bit.
10. Give Me Your Pain - With the album beginning to come to a end it's like I'm almost waiting to see and hear when this band will falter in their demeanor. The band continues to dominate with a guitar driven blockbuster that refuses to give listeners a slow song. The main riff is just a sonic assault of heavy guitar playing joined with a much darker mood resulting in perhaps the darkest sounding track on The Prisoner. It is quite shocking to hear a band likes this keep hammering track after track of brutal hard rock out with relative ease. Most bands would of tapped out to mainstream trends with the inclusion of some material that is pop oriented in order to get a track on hit radio but I think the way Venture approached the recording and songwriting on this album is the big reason that they haven't lost their edge.
11. Remember You - It comes as no surprise that Venture continues to mount another assault of guitars on listeners and from the opening notes this group doesn't have time to disappoint since their more concerned with supplying the world with more quality hard rock. It's a strange feeling as here is a band that seems to be only complimenting one another with every passing song and Remember You features everything that this group has incorporated into the last ten songs including a killer hook, strong choruses, distinctive songwriting, and enough raw emotion to making contemporary rock significant once again. This group has the right chemistry and in my opinion it will only be a matter of time before they break out of their shell to expand their fan base worldwide.
12. Push - Everything concludes as only a true rock album should with Venture giving everyone perhaps their best performance on the entire album. No scratch that, this is the best outing from this band as the old saying goes saving the best for last. Well Venture do exactly that pulling out all the stops by throwing everything into the mix. This band has not held back over the span of the album and they certainly don't here either. Blake puts on a vocal performance that goes beyond what he has recorded on previous attempts at one point he lets out a very primal scream that would fit right in the death metal scene however thankfully he switches back to rock front man mode to finish the rest of the song. If this group doesn't go on to bigger and better things in the next year or so than we can lay blame directly on the state of things in the industry but I truly think a band the likes of Venture won't be contained for long and are willing to bring true modern rock back into the current scene.
If one were to look up the term Venture in the dictionary there would be a wide assortment of definitions but the most definitive one would be the following: An undertaking that is dangerous, daring, or of uncertain outcome. When comparing that definition to the state that the industry is currently at it is disturbing how accurate that description truly is. For any musician/artist to try and build a career from scratch and try to maintain longevity after you break into mainstream popularity is an undertaking that no matter who you are or whatever risks you try to take there is always going to remain an uncertain outcome with upholding a career. Now if we take that definition and apply it to where the contemporary rock scene has been for the last few years it results in the same outcome since with certain trends being used over and over again it's become a scene that has become plagued with bands copying the same ideas over and over again to the point that it is almost sickening to hear little to no distinction from band A as opposed to band B. While the risks have always coherently been there throughout the history of the music industry the facts are that if you take the risks to become famous beyond mere words you'll face the demons that this industry has to offer. In other words putting all your fate into the music industry to help build a career may seem like a good idea at the beginning but once reach a certain amount of recognition before everything comes crashing back down. In my opinion if you're willing to 100% trust the way things are now and believe that the mainstream music scene will have your back than that mentality will quite honestly lead to career suicide. Like the old saying goes - If you live by the sword you die by the sword. It's just that plain and simple.
For the upstart group that hails from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area taking on the moniker of Venture the group name itself was the first dangerous undertaking in their career. It's actually surprising that no popular artist out there today hasn't taken the name already but perhaps it was the perilous danger that would come with the venture into the unknown basically. Names don't traditionally make the band but they still remain noteworthy since people will generally associate a band on their name to the energy and passion that they put behind their musicianship. Venture will certainly live up to their name as they take on a undertaking that will take them into a career full of dangers and a wide amount of outcomes that will remain unsure since no one knows where things will lead. With a wide variety of other bands out there taking on the treacherous hazards that the industry will constantly throw at them very few can rise up past the pressures in order to maintain stability while still having the chances to push the envelope. For Venture they take the music industry head on with the release of their first full length debut. Will this band be able to rise up through the modern rock domain to stand out in the crowd? Or will the undertakings that Venture take result in a product that really doesn't have any foreseen result. Either way Venture are willing to take all the chances to go beyond the usual modern acts that have lost that sense of quality. A venture will always remain dangerous but in the end that is what makes them so exciting in the first place.
+ Edgy Modern Rock: In a scene that is incredibly stale The Prisoner simply could be called a breath of fresh air. Once Venture fire through the first song they keep bringing the momentum on nearly each and every performance. All the tracks consist of enough forceful energy to give listeners thought-provoking songwriting mixed with heavy guitars. It's actually quite sad that modern rock, for the most part, is one dimensional but every so often there will come a group who are willing to go to extreme lengths to make an impact and Venture have definitely given people a rock album that won't hold anything back. The Prisoner is a release that was simply needed as even though there are times I can't stand the contemporary scene Venture is a reason to be proud of what can be done when current traits are used in the right ways.
+ No Ballads/Soft Songs: This was actually quite the surprise. A majority of the time it is recommended that a modern band take things down a notch and show their soft side and Venture decided not to go this route at all. That's not saying there are some songs that come across as laid back and mid-tempo in nature but in terms of a true ballad there are none to be found on this disc. Nothing is wrong with putting a ballad on an album but even today it can be overdone, so to hear a group like Venture focus on giving people a release that sticks to being a solid piece of hard rock is quite refreshing. The fact that they went this route is a prime example of making a daring statement and living up to their name.
+ Durable Production: 2007 has been one of those years where several modern productions have paid off and The Prisoner is another fine example of just how well modern production values can bring about the best in a band. Venture have put their fate into mixers/producers Brett Hestla (of Dark New Day/Creed fame) and Justin Thomas and they in turn have given this album a sonic makeover. Not only that but every song has a commanding feel that can be largely attributed to this production. This may very well go down as the year's best productions since everything about this album is pretty much done in grand fashion. If that is not enough legendary producer Beau Hill (Ratt, Winger, Warrant, Europe, the list goes on and on) did some of the final mixes of this disc. So if the signs were not any clearer Venture are destined for success.
- Fits Into The Contemporary Mold: I'm sure there will be some out there that will hear this album and just pass it off as another modern rock band that is following the trends set down in the post grunge/alternative era but if you're willing to give this band the chance I still think they will be able to impress those who are quick to judge. Venture puts forth a release that is consistent in terms of quality and they have definitely gone the accurate course by bringing in all the right people to help them make The Prisoner a great rock album. If anyone has been disappointed with the state of the hard rock scene as it stands now this release is simply required listening.
Every so often there will come a time where I will be introduced, one way or another, to a band that I've never heard of and after I hear some of their material my reaction will be one of just pure shock. This year I haven't heard that many upcoming acts that could actually garner that reaction out of me but then a few months back I got an add request on my myspace profile from a group simply named Venture. As I clicked on their profile I wasn't expecting that much but once I heard the first song on their player I knew that this group was on their way to becoming superstars. I immediately got in touch with their management and requested a promo of, at the time, their current EP entitled Silver Lining but once I got a return message I was quickly told that the band would have a full length album ready by September. With that news came three months of playing the waiting game but I was able to feed my hunger by logging on to Venture's myspace daily to listen to the songs were up. That's basically the power of the internet age at its best folks. Being able to discover new and upcoming bands through social networking sites like myspace.com simply makes life easier as it's one of the most powerful marketing tools out there for independent artists.
Even with Venture currently being an independent artist they've already managed to make quite the name for themselves in the three years since forming opening for bands the likes of Godsmack. Not only that but as I mentioned above legendary producer Beau Hill brought his platinum touch to the final mixes. Those two accolades alone should make the entire rock genre stand up and take notice as Venture are clearly on the right path to becoming the next big thing out of Texas. Logically bands don't come into their own in such a short period of time but somehow Venture have managed to find their own sound and have released a debut album that in this day in age shouldn't be as powerful as it is. The Prisoner actually goes beyond a rare occurrence as this band was obviously able to strike a nerve early on and bring forth ambitious songwriting that when it's first heard shows a maturity that a majority of other up and coming acts don't have. In my opinion it's not a question of if these guys will break into the limelight as they have already managed created a buzz in the alternative scene. Nope I think the question that remains is when will things in the industry change for the better? Here is a group that has managed to build a career in three short years and they've recorded material that could very well be put in the leagues of modern rock giants like Fuel and Default. Many out there would say that good things come to those who wait but for a group like this the waiting game is over. The only question I have left is will the rest of the world be prepared? Bands don't come along like this very often so as Venture continue to mature while they support their debut there will come a moment where more attention will be focused on them. It's simply a matter of time before the tides change and Venture will be sitting on top of the rock world.
As far as the final product goes one will not find a better modern rock album in 2007. That's right you read that correctly this is my pick for the best modern album of the year. While newer bands like Cinder Road and Eve To Adam give some very tough competition and more established groups like Fuel and 12 Stones have managed to reemerge with a newfound energy behind their musicianship it's Venture who have managed to shake things up in the modern rock industry. Undoubtedly there will be those who won't agree and feel that this is just another group that is trying to make the best of fads that have remained the norm for far too long but it's recommended that you at least give this group a chance. All the right components are in place and Venture make sure to use them to the very best of their abilities. There haven't been that many artists willing to take chances this year and since this is Venture's first full studio effort everything is on the line. Now is the time for you, the music fan, to throw caution to the wind and get involved with this venture. I have a feeling that if you're a fan of modern rock and you've been looking for a band to step up to the bar and bring everything they have you'll end up liking this release just as much as me. Consequently if you detest everything about today's rock scene I still urge you to check out what Venture has done here as the surprise lays within the music, just give it a chance and let it consume you as odds are it will end up being a very unexpected reaction.
First impressions are the hardest to make especially in the case of a band that is still very much in it's introductory stages and with the first album starting to establish careers the time has come for Venture to put the full weight of The Prisoner to the final test before passing over the threshold to rock superstardom. All four of these musicians can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they have created a massive debut however now the time has come for them to live up their name since their careers will be moving forward at breakneck speed. Whatever happens next I feel Venture managed to move past any preliminary inexperience by focusing on delivering a rock album that goes above and beyond the boundaries set by mainstream standards.
THE PRISONER REVIEW
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Dallas rockers Venture recorded 4 new songs for their debut full length "The prisoner" and also incl...Dallas rockers Venture recorded 4 new songs for their debut full length "The prisoner" and also included the songs off their previous EP's "Silver lining" and "The renaissance".
This quartet has a cool sound like a mix between the modern rock of Alter Bridge and Iron Maiden's guitar harmonies.
They worked with a few well known producers like Justin Thomas, Brett Hestla and Beau Hill and the result is more than satisfying.
The album starts with the new songs "The prisoner" and "All that I need", both are energetic rock songs that will do just fine on stage to get the crowd going.
"Goodbye" is my favorite out of the EP songs while the new track "Impossible" is without doubt the best song of all on this 12 track album.
If you want to rock, then Venture is the answer to your prayers.
THE PRISONER REVIEW
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NU Jams! with the 3D flare Review on Venture- The Prisoneer September 13th, 2007 ￼ I...NU Jams!
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Review on Venture- The Prisoneer
September 13th, 2007
I got Venture’s new CD in the mail today. So now your gonna hear my opinion. First of all, it is independently released by the band with the help of Brett Hestla and Justin Thomas. I have to say for an independent release the sound quality is great. I tested it on 10 and wishing my system had an 11! Complements to the Chef! Very well produced and mixed.
A little about the band. They are a quartet out of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. With the melodic but powerful vocals of Blake Self. Vin provides great riffs and guitar mastery. Chris Gentry keeps the floor pounding with his incredible bass lines. And the percussions by Michael Barnes are intense that keeps your head banging! They have made a couple of line-up changes from their first EP’s release. I must say, the growth of the band fits them well. They seem to be influenced by the greats of the 80’s and 90’s. Vin’s guitar work is greatly appreciated by this old man! Guitar solo’s has been lost art form in the last 10 years. It’s about time a young band integrates them back in.
They start off the album with the title track. A melodic song with a powerful chorus line. Shows a little of each of the bands many styles. Following by “All that I Need”, probably the most commercial song on the album. A bit slower than their norm, but with the Venture riff’s. For all the faithful Venture fans of old, they incorporated their older songs in with a few extra touches. Like “My Own” , “Hold You Down” and “Give me your Pain”. If your new to Venture, put your seat belts on, your in for a wild ride! Songs Like “Impossible” , “Without a Doubt” and “Goodbye” will be quickly put into Venture’s greats. By the time you get to the albums finale “Push” you’ll be reaching for volume button looking to turn it up, only to find out your systems doesn’t have an 11!
Overall rating on Venture’s “The Prisoner” on scale from 1 to 10 is an 11! Get this CD, highly recommended from the NU Jams! staff. Thanks guys we really enjoyed cranking it up today! For $7.49 it’s a steal! Get it today!
On a side note. I did get a chance to see Venture last time I was in Dallas. If you get a chance to see them live, do it! They are great live! NU Jams! has no affiliation with Venture or any other artist. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.(even though my opinion is what matters!)
Inside Connection Magazine Review
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11:00 AM - VENTURE Review Category: Music As published in the February 2007 issue of The I...
11:00 AM - VENTURE Review
As published in the February 2007 issue of The Inside Connection music magazine.
Texas-grown Venture have been burning up the stage since their inception in early 2004. With the release of their EP, Silver Lining, in July 2006, their powerful lyrics and electrifying music are exciting DJs and music lovers on the World Wide Web, as well as a handful of commercial radio stations shrewd enough to have the backbone to broadcast unsigned artists.
Venture is certain to gain mass appeal solely on the merit of "Fallen Angel," one man's heartbreaking portrayal of the catastrophic existing state of our country. Forceful drumbeats, expressive guitar riffs and looming bass lines accentuate the contemporary lyrics, which reveal the tumultuous inner dialogue of a soldier deployed to a place so far from home.
However, this entire EP is full of appeal. Empathetic cries are translated brilliantly into intense music and compassionate lyrics that evoke a spectrum of emotions. Silver Lining's recurring voice may seem beaten down by the hurdles our present-day world dishes out, but don't be fooled. If you dive under the surface, you will discover it is quite optimistic. What better message is there? No matter what difficulties you experience, the human spirit is resilient and hopeful.
This little taste of Venture is sure to wet your appetite and leave you wanting more. The good news is they are currently recording more tracks with Dark new Day's Brett Hestla at the reins, so this next venture will undoubtedly catapult them into stardom. Visit www.ventureband.com
---by Colette Tedeschi
VENTURE w/ GODSMACK Review
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Picture yourself on a dark, lonely and black stage. The only sound you hear besides your heartbeat i...Picture yourself on a dark, lonely and black stage. The only sound you hear besides your heartbeat is the screaming of thousands of fans. You look out into the crowd to see those thousands of fans waving, clapping and trying anything to get your attention. You strum that first note on your guitar or hit that first beat on your drum, and then you realize at that precise moment, after all those years…Your dream is about to come true.
A dream came true for the member’s in Venture when they got the opportunity to open up for Godsmack on July 18th, 2007 at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas. Venture was one of out 10 bands participating in a contest being held by Live 105.3. The contest was based on the top 2 bands with the highest percentage, voted by yours truly…THE FANS! Once the top 2 were named, then it was left up to Godsmack to pick the band THEY wanted to open for them that night.
I started out the night with standing in line with my friend Tracy. She had been in line since 1:30 pm and I arrived around 4:15 pm, this is a normal ritual of us girls, to stand in line all day. At this time we met some awesome people, and told them to make sure you are near the stage when Venture starts to play. Of course we were decked out in our Venture Army wear, representing the local boys.
I was lucky enough to get somewhat close to the stage that night, always on Stage Right in front of Nathan (Bass). Venture was supposed to have started at 8:00pm, but you know how rockstar’s can be, they were a little late. One by one each band member flowed out onto the stage and got the crowd with their Intro and then into “My Own”. As I was listening I too was observing, curiously looking around for people’s reaction. Everyone really seemed to like the guys and the music by showing their appreciation with screams and the occasional heavy metal sign. Let me remind you that the place was packed, bodies crammed against one another grasping for some small amount of air to breathe. There was even a time during the show when the guys would throw towels and water bottles out into the crowd, and people were so excited to get these things. I knew then this would be a night they guys in Venture would never forget.
Some of the other songs Venture performed that night were: “Goodbye”, “The Prisoner”, “Impossible” and “Give Me Your Pain”. Of course when you are in Texas and especially in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it is custom for any local band to know how to play a Pantera song. So to keep the Texas tradition going and not wanting to let the crowd down, Venture did not disappoint the fans that night. After they played their song “Hold You Down”, they preceded with Pantera’s song “Domination”. The crowd went wild, jumping and I think I saw a little mosh pit going on.
They finished up with one of their new songs “Without A Doubt”, which always ends up being a favorite amongst the fans. After they played their last song and waved and thanked the crowd for showing them the love and support they so well deserved, Venture had left the stage. As I was walking out to my car, I noticed a group of kid’s hanging around my car talking about Venture. I heard things like how awesome the opening band was and that they needed to get Venture’s cd. I came to the conclusion that Venture won over a whole lot of new fans and earned the respect they so well deserved.
Over the last 2 years Venture has evolved from being a 3 member band into a talented and strong 4 member band. They have gone through band members coming and going, and to where not only the music is strong, but so have the vocals. I have been fortunate and lucky enough to have seen these changes in Venture and also to call: Blake, Nathan, Michael and Vin my friends. Venture deserved winning the contest because they have some of the best friends, family and last but not least FANS! Congratulations Venture for putting on one of your best shows I have ever seen or heard. I can’t wait till the day when you guys are back up on that dark, black and lonely stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. Only this time you’re headlining!
Tune Lab Music Review
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Tune Lab Music Review: Venture - 'Silver Lining' Posted: 21 August 2006 Contributed By: Jay ...
Tune Lab Music Review: Venture - 'Silver Lining'
Posted: 21 August 2006
Contributed By: Jay
Release Date: 8 July 2006
Blake Self (Vocals/Guitar)
Michael Barnes (Drums)
Vin Davis (Guitar)
Nathan Hunstable (Bass)
Overview: Venture is a four-piece rock band hailing from Texas, and soon to be touring all over the country. Originally a three-piece, they added Vin Davis to add more depth to their sound and free up vocalist Blake Self. Their EP 'Silver Lining' was recorded early this year at Gridlock Studios in Orlando, FL with Justin Thomas producing (Dark new Day, Faktion), and is now available exclusively through their myspace page (link above) or at one of their shows.
The Good: From the groove-laden beginning of the opening track "Hold You Down" to the thumping hard rock riffs of "Give Me Your Pain" to the raw emotion of "Fallen Angel", the album shows a good range of what this band has to offer. The closing track, "Push", really finishes of the EP nicely with a good example of their different styles all lumped into one great track. One of the highlights of the entire EP is the meaningful and identifiable lyrics throughout. "Hold You Down" sends a pessimistic message of doubt to those with clouded views of society. "My Own" is a triumphant song of independent achievement. "Fallen Angel" is almost chilling in the way it allows you to visualize its story of a deployed service member in a hostile land. Really each song in its own way allows anyone to interpret the lyrics and apply them in some way or another to their current lives. Add to these lyrics catchy guitar work, some great guitar solos, a relentless bass line, and the perfect compliment of drum work, and you have this impressive EP.
The Bad: There's really not too much bad you can say about this EP. Of course it is only five tracks representing the band's best efforts, so it's expected that not many flaws would be found. In a few tracks you can hear what sounds like almost the same guitar effect, but that could be easily a fault that lies in production. Overall the sound could be a little more powerful, but again when (not if) this band is on a major label, it will instantly be remedied with more attention in the mixing stage.
Bottomline: Venture is poised to make a big impact on the rock music scene. With their energetic and powerful live shows and this solid EP to throw in the face of major labels, you can expect a full-length album and national tours very soon. No need to take my word for it, you'll see soon enough.
SILVER LINING- Review
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VENTURE REVIEW by Melanie Hailing from Texas the adventure begins with the newer band on the scen...VENTURE REVIEW by Melanie
Hailing from Texas the adventure begins with the newer band on the scene that ventures forth into the unknown..
"Venture" .. a newer band plays like they have been creatively working together for more than a short time..
The definition of Venture is..to put oneself out into the unknown, basically to take that chance..and hope for the best to come out of it..Blake Self , Vin Davis , Michael Barnes and Nathan Hunstable , are...very willing to show the world their souls.. and to take that chance into the unknown and bring you with them on the journey... When you listen to the lyrics..on their EP Silver Lining you will see that..each song is unique.. each song conveys a message.. to the listener..
One tends to wonder without having yet listened to this band.. What is the appeal of this band? What makes it so different from others? Are they not just another "rock band".. ? The answer is no..They are unique in their own right.. a blend of.. a little of what some of their influences have been ..Creed (especially Tremonti), Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, 311, Pantera, and even a little Ritchie Valens and the Beatles to name a few...I think I even hear a little bit of Rush and Faktion (Faktion being newer band recently signed to a major label and friends of theirs) in there.. too..
Yes by far they have used in their sound their influences which plays a small role in what they are about.. They are "Venture".. their own unique sound.. but noted are some of the influences you hear here and there and what some of the band grew up listening to.
What I have liked about this group from the very start.. is the fact that they have a positive vibe..An example of this is their song "Give Me your Pain" They show that although there are obstacles in life.. they are willing to take on what you feel, what they feel.. what they think others might be going through and to lend a helping hand .
Quoted from Blake himself he has said "We all encounter problems in our life and all of us are faced to deal with horrible situations from time to time. In my songs, I try to bring those problems to light and then convey the message that everything is going to be alright when its over. Music has gotten me through EVERY dilemma in my life and I hope that myself and the rest of VENTURE can do the same for someone. " Blake has done alot of writing with these songs..
Aside from the good hearted - ness which is somewhat distinctly different than what some bands are putting out there these days.. what I was instantly attracted to was that the singer could indeed SING.. he rocks melodies.. and has a voice that is powerful and fine tuned.. not the usual raspy voices that some bands have from straining and yelling out lyrics..Blake Self has.. strong clear words , you can feel the emotion as he takes you from the very low to the very high and I don't hear any straining in there...He will then take you into harmonizing with backup vocalist Vin..who compliments him nicely...and also plays a rockin' guitar.
Blake can also work a mean guitar.. with great guitar skills and a background even in piano..There is talent here..Nathan Hunstable blends in with his Bass skills, a natural..at it and the drummer Michael Barnes is hitting em' loud and rockin it out! They compliment each other nicely.. to blend the sound which is truly all there own..This band truly can rock out .. You are guaranteed to have a good time rockin it out with them..!
Another favorite song that is a must listen is "Push"..Love the guitar work about 2 minutes and 40 seconds into this song especially...
Rounding things out are the songs Fallen Angel , My Own and Hold You Down which actually is a very popular amongst the fans they have already..With this CD I find that it's one you want to listen to .. to feel good about things...It doesn't bring you down! Each song is worth a listen.. I'll be looking forward to hearing some ballads from these guys in the future...
I wouldn't pass up this band. I see great things to come from them...
10-15 songs 45-60 minute sets
There are no upcoming dates at this time.