Venus Fly Trap Zenith
By Marcus Pan
Venus Fly Trap is reminding me of a just slightly less
interesting I, Synthesist. Its good though and Im digging it.
Metropolis has a really catchy guitar rhythm swiped through it and
Zen gets a bit tribal on me. Zenith, by the way, is Venus Fly
Traps sixth album. Its decent stuff, though if I had a choice
between Avalanche and Zenith Id have to think about it only
a little before I chose the former.
Zenith runs close behind though, with modern urban
technologies mixed with old tribal elements dizzied up into sci-fi genre
visuals. Its quite fine stuff and would be great as backdrop for works
like Demolished Man or The Gods Themselves. A nice heady
aroma and tasty flavor of future-pop and Euro-industrial. Vocals are subdued
and spoken more than sung giving a storyboard feel to the work overall.
Neon has an almost subliminal melody to it with
catchy tinklings and subtle synthetics. Twilight Opera reminds me
heavily of Kraftwerk era industrial with a bit of added squeaky guitar.
Theres even interesting trappings of 80s video game sounds that, while I
cant define, add to the tracks charm. Naked Ape also has a
catchy melody like the starting Metropolis. The slow moving breakdown is
smooth and surreal with a nice slow piano section with a good choice of chords
that seem to work together while still having a strange sharp sound.
DNA becomes a chill out piece as Zenith begins
to wind itself down. Bubbly synthetics and synth laced backwashes provide a
nice background to the low bass monotone vocals. Neg X pops it up a bit
to more mainstream friendly sounds with an almost disco and catchy flavor. It
grows on you.
Venus Fly Trap is rather good. With each listen I am
considering changing my behind-Avalanche position on their Zenith
release. Its really not as far behind as first impression, and I remember
I, Synthesist needing to grow on me a bit also so I shouldnt be all that
surprised. A nice concoction here, pick up some future-pop fun today!
Venus Fly Trap
Post: VFT PO Box 210, Northampton, NN2 6AU, UK
 His Avalanche release was
reviewed in Legends #147.
 Alfred Besters The
Demolished Man was written about in
Legends #112s Off
the Shelf column.
 One of Asimovs best and most underrated
reviewed in Legends