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Album · 2012


1. Devil in Disguise (4:48)
2. Secret Dream (3:40)
3. A New Dawn Rising (3:57)
4. What We're Here For (5:35)
5. What If I (4:50)
6. Phoenix (4:25)
7. Spiritual Path (4:32)
8. A Land of Dreams (7:14)

Total Time 39:01


- Lydie Lazulli / Vocals
- Charly Sahona / Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
- Franck Hermanny / Bass
- Frédéric Marchal / Drums

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Released September 21, 2012, in Lion Music.

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Dawn of a New Era is the third album by the female-fronted French Progressive/Melodic Metal band Venturia, and finds them returning after a couple personnel changes. In 2009, the band parted with singer Mark Ferreira for personal reasons, with their guitarist, Charly Sahona, taking on the role of the lead male vocalist. Then in 2010, Venturia lost former drummer Diego Rapacchietti and replaced him with Frederic Marchal, a long-term friend of the band. In this album, Venturia have also developed their style less towards complicated arrangements and more towards the melodies. There are still elements of the previous albums with the multi-layered vocals, technical playing, and synth-y keyboard sound, and there are still subtle uses of compound time signatures, but they have really toned down on the complicated instrumentals and compound rhythms. For this reason I am sure some will complain that the band is leaning more towards a commercial sound, with others praising them for being more accessible. In any case, I will say that Venturia are not your typical female-fronted metal band. They combine hooky-melodies with technical playing and a progressive background, trading off between female and male vocals as well as full vocal harmonies, technical heavy guitars, and a rich, atmospheric keyboard background.

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Devil in disguise...

Genre: progressively oriented melodic metal

A lot of bands are slated as progressive metal bands these days, but when you listen to them, they do not really come across that progressive until you have given the release in question enough listens to notice all the details, and then you realize that there are small progressive details all over the album. This is the case of Venturia's "Dawn of a New Era".

First time I heard the album - especially with the groovy opener 'Devil in Disguise' and the following alternative metal track 'Secret Dream', I had a hard time seeing how this release was progressive. I mean, it has melodic sing-along choruses, and the songs are as straightforward as can be.

The album is indeed song-driven, but a closer listen reveals slight departures from conventional song structures, and the groove-driven riff (which definitely rock hard) are accompanied by technically advanced solos and carious keyboard figures. I suppose that the fusion of alternative metal, some of which is almost grunge-related, with technically advanced solos and more aggressive metallic elements (check out the John Schaffer-inspired figures that pop up in 'Devil in Disguise' and 'A New Dawn Rising').

Still, I do not know if this is enough for the metal community to accept Venturia as a progressive metal band.

And who cares anyway?

What matters is that the music on this release is actually quite good. The strength, I think of the album, lies in the groovy riffs (I particularly enjoy the riffage in 'What We're Here For') and the catchiness of the choruses. We are definitely dealing with solid and accessible modern melodic metal, but the slightly progressive details make sure that there are some goodies to challenge the listener. I can imagine that some seasoned prog metal listeners as well as those who like more aggressive and extreme metal will not like this album because of its commercial appeal and its considerable inspiration from alternative metal and alternative rock.

However, if you are in the mood for solid and melodic metal which takes the easily accessible elements from alternative metal and inject it with a sense of appealing melody and the sophistication of progressive metal elements, then Venturia's "Dawn of a New Era" is definitely worth a listen.

Oh, and if you like awesome guitar grooves, then fuck all this genre wankery and buy the album for the sake of the rhythm guitar!

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