VENUES

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As­pire ARIS­ING EM­PIRE Pop-minded met­al­core crew har­bour a heavy side

Bru­tal­ity might be re­turn­ing in a grand fash­ion, but poppy met­al­core is still all the rage in Ger­many. Venues add a fem­i­nine touch to a spec­trum that in­cor­po­rates the bland com­pe­tence of An­nisokay – whose Christoph Wiec­zorek guests here – and the weapon­s­grade aw­ful­ness of Eskimo Call­boy. look­ing like an AFI trib­ute act com­prised en­tirely of ASOS mod­els, Venues leap ahead of their medi­ocre peers thanks largely to the vo­cal prow­ess of Nyves Krithinidou. They may bill them­selves as “fe­male/male” fronted but Nyves is the star here, and the band know it. It would be easy to write off Venues as chancers rid­ing in Paramore and Against The Cur­rent’s wake, but for the mo­ments of blis­ter­ing metal prom­ise, it’s worth check­ing out Star Chil­dren for a taste of where this band could (and hope­fully will) evolve. More face-melt­ing so­los and less tired emo, please. FOR FANS OF: PARAMORE, AN­NISOKAY, DREAM STATE

ROB BARBOUR

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