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Vennt make music that would be a perfect soundtrack to the scariest movie you’ve never seen. With Darcy Spidle (founder of Divorce Records) on drums, Sandy Saunders (of Torso, also on Divorce) on electronics and vocals, and Jordan Hines on bass, their self-titled EP comprises four tracks (each clocking in at five minutes and change) that all successfully evoke a bleak, dystopian landscape. The first track, “Uneven Ground,” has the most powerful effect, with a mixture of electronic and human squeaks squeals and unholy screams from Saunders, sludgy, distorted bass from Hines and doomsday-style drums from Spidle. Maybe “versatile” is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about black metal, but music like Vennt’s makes either an excellent juxtaposition to a sunny day, or an equally ideal accompaniment to the worst day of your life. Despite only containing four tracks, the EP can be a lot to handle in one go, but rewards with repeated listening. It walks a fine line between sparseness and atmospherically and raucously unrelenting. Thankfully it never veers anywhere near the mainstream. Divorce Records has quickly established itself as a world-class label specializing in obscure and outsider music and Vennt’s newest release continues in this tradition. Rarely pausing for a breather, Vennt’s debut EP chugs on like a train headed straight for hell.
Stephanie Johns
categories: Coast pick,Local artist

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