label: neurodisc / priority
our score: 2.5 out of 5.0
buy it: here
Manchester, England, Venice 13 is hoping to carve their own little
niche in electronic music. Pulling from metal, hip-hop, and electronic
genres, they throw in their live performance energy to produce
an aggressive form of electronica on their debut album, Spiked
- a prime example of where the age-old adage "don't judge
a book by it's cover" holds true.
track, "Juice" reveals Venice 13 have hit their mark.
However, uninspiring lyrics hurt the song more then help it. "Say
juice, juice...1 2 1 2" gets a little old after a few times.
It seems as the lyrics were primarily meant for pumping up a crowd
during live performances, and this is true for other tracks on
slows the tempo down a bit, but it picks the interest level up
a lot. Venice 13 change styles enough throughout Spiked
to keep the interest level up, and the album gets better as it
goes on. Other notable tracks include "Funky Dog," "Kooki
Itch," and the best of the album "Fire In The Hole."
part of Spiked is the lyrics, and coincidentally "Fire
In The Hole" is instrumental. Also, the 15 tracks on Spiked
would be better flipped around, even though "Juice"
is slated to be a single, it's not as impressive as "Fire
In The Hole."
Venice 13 demonstrate their talent in producing raw electronic
music that would fit right in an industrial oriented dance club,
but would be even better live. Unfortunately, the lyrics/vocals
make Spiked an average album to listen to, but a good debut.
Spiked is for the listener that likes excellent instrumentalism
and electronica with an edge.
3. Psycho Spell
5. Funky Dog
7. Getting On One
8. What's Up
9. Kooki Itch
11. Maker Taker
12. Bad Boy
13. San Lorenzo
15. Fire in the Hole