“For me personally, Solace stands for the ups and downs of the last two years,” says vocalist Lela. “While the world seemed to stand still, the album gave us the feeling of progressing. With Solace, we were able to create something that would still be present after the pandemic and that gave us hope and made us look positively into the future. I hope that we can give the listeners exactly this positive feeling and we can’t wait to bring the new songs on stage.”
Fellow vocalist Robin continues, “Today is a special day for us as our second album finally sees the light of day and I am glad that I can celebrate this event with all of our friends around the world! There’s so much energy, love, anger, and personal stuff in Solace that I’m already looking forward to every single person listening to the album.”
From the depths of their deepest crisis, Venuesemerged victoriously, welcoming two new members: clean vocalistLela and guitarist Valentin. When former vocalist Nyves quit the band mid-tour, following the release of their pivotal debut Aspire(2018), the modern metal crew was shaken to the bone. Despite this situation, the remaining members refused to give up and tirelessly searched for new talent. When guitarist Constantin witnessed Lela’s performance at — of all places — a Steel Panther show, the band found its new clean vocalist.
Venues entered the studio with producer Christoph Wieczorek (Annisokay) to record Solace and the result is a massive sound with a metallic alloy of remarkable precision.
“We wanted to be more metal,” Robin comments. “There were some pop sensibilities of Aspire that we wanted to replace with rather the opposite.” Melody and punch-drunk heaviness, metal and alternative rock, zeitgeist and authenticity, barbed choruses and unleashed creativity: With their soaring sophomore release, VENUES fulfill every single promise they made on Aspire. “2020 showed all of us how much the band is helping us keep our sanity,” Robin muses. “Almost the whole band went through minor or medium crises since the release of our debut. Relationships went sour, things ended and began. In times like these, our second album was the light at the end of the tunnel. Something we all could look forward to. Our music held our heads above water.”
It’s a leap, going from Aspire to Solace, and it’s a logical one.
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