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Venturia: Hybrid
Progressive Rock/Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Expect the unexpected is the best way to describe French progressive rock/metal band Venturia's second release 'Hybrid.' Venturia easily blends a variety of genres to create a unique and exciting sound including: progressive rock and metal, traditional heavy metal, power metal, pop rock melodies, techno, and melodic hard rock. 'Hybrid' indeed lives up to its name. This mixture describes their sound, but it is the tandem male/female vocals that defines their presence. Marc Ferriera and Lydiie Robin are formidable tag team on vocals. 'Hybrid' is different and, at times, extraordinary.

At the outset, 'Swearing Lies' demonstrates Venturia's mastery of styles having heavy riffs combined with great vocals and sound guitar work. 'Be The One' is hard to define. It is a true hybrid: is it hard rock or prog or heavy metal? It is simply a good mix with very strong vocals. A true standout is 'Running Blind' because it is truly an eclectic mix of genres. The techno influence is clearly evident, but it is bass line and drum work that shines throughout. Another jewel is 'Sparkling Rain' where the female vocals are presented first with an exuberant symphonic motif. The vocals are strong and the guitar work thrills. In the end, you must listen to every song individually to appreciate their merits. I found 'Hybrid' to be challenging and satisfying. Others may find the work too eclectic or too inconsistent to enjoy. But I would say they need to expand their musical horizons.

Venturia's 'Hybrid' displays ingenuity and skill over a breadth of styles. It's brilliant, challenging, and satisfying at the same time. Venturia will probably stand some people on their heads. But, we all need to be kicked out of our musical box. Very recommended.   - Craig Hartranft

In Short

Venturia's 'Hybrid' displays ingenuity and skill over a breadth of styles. It's brilliant, challenging, and satisfying at the same time. It truly is a 'hybrid' of influences: expect to think outside the box.

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