Introducing: Vented

The late 1990s and early 2000s were my formative years getting into metal, so when we heard about a brand new supergroup resurrecting the finest era of groove metal and bringing “the new, new, new wave of American heavy metal,” it’s safe to say we were pretty excited.

Vented‘s members hail from Los Angeles and Atlanta in the US, Liverpool in the UK and Budapest in Hungary. They’ve combined to create a crushing metal sound they summarise as “heavy, angry, and hauntingly emotional” and “energy, pure sonic aggressiveness and deep feelings.”

While frontman Sean Zatorsky (of Sinsaenum and Chimaira) teases: “You’re missing out on: crushing riffs, haunting vocals, devastating drums, tasty samples, and choruses you’ll actually be able to sing.”

The quartet is completed by guitarist and studio bassist Greg Hajer (who offers up the unmistakably crushing riffs of Hungarian band Omega Diatribe), drummer Austin D’Amond (DevilDriver and Bleed The Sky), and keys and samples from Simon C. Bondar (White Tiger). As Sean explains: “We are an international supergroup of sorts, and we pulled from the best of the best, to create music that we all want to play and listen to. This is my favorite style of metal!”

In fact – and no disservice to Austin for mentioning this – the band was originally slated to have the late great Joey Jordison on drums, which suggests the might of this project. And, as Greg tells us: “Nonetheless, Joey’s mentality and guidance left a strong mark on the band’s image and music.”

The new band has its roots in an old project that Greg worked on called Audionerve, which he also invited international musicians to collaborate on. As he tells us: ” I really wanted to have Sean on board at least for one song, because I know his work for a long time and I’m absolutely a fan of his voice, screaming and melodies. But when he sent me back the first tune we did together my mind was fucking blown.

“I felt immediately that he was the singer I’d been searching for my whole musical career. So after we felt that we were really strong together we decided to build a brand new band with a new name, including further well-known musicians from the metal scene. The rest is history.”

And Sean adds: “Greg had reached out to me initially to sing on one song (the song’s called My Desire from our full-length debut record Cruelty And Corruption).  I turned it around in a day, and the results spoke for themselves; we sounded amazing together. So we wrote two more songs. After hearing the results of the three tracks,  we realized we needed to make it official, and do a full-length LP.”

Our first taste of this is debut single Requiem For Myself, which was released last month. It opens up with a cheeky little cymbal flurry that invites a chunky riff and insanely good drums, which are soon joined by a piercing synth. A darting guitar kicks in through an opening verse led by Sean’s engaging vocals and atmospheric instrumentals.

It gradually intensifies as it builds towards a chorus with screamed vocals “In a glass jar on my shelf, A faded dream, A distant memory, Here’s a requiem for you” which ends on huge cries of “Here’s a requiem for myself – for my sorrow, Suffering in solitude” all supported by stabbing guitars and driving drums. That drops into another verse before another huge second chorus, then chunky stabs of guitar set up a powerful conclusion. This is an absolute banger, and we’ve not stopped listening to it all morning!

On the track, Sean said: “The reception has been incredible! This is one of the best-received things musically I personally have done, with zero support from a label and no paid promotions.”

And Greg added: “Man, we’re so happy that our goals have kinda been reached with our debut single. The audience went nuts. For real… The feedback couldn’t be better. Spotify and YouTube metrics are flawless!

“I’m really happy that the listeners feel what we would like to achieve with this band: Bring back the finest era of groove metal with the feel of late 90s/early 00s but with modern sounding production. Can’t wait to show y’all what we have in our pocket…” Check it out here:

If you like the sound of that, then you’re in for a real treat with Vented’s debut album Cruelty And Corruption, which will be out later this year. In fact – their second single The End Game was released the day we published this article, which they promised: “this will be a heavier one!” And they weren’t wrong. Check it out here:

Sean promises: “The full-length record has some of the best songs I personally have ever written on it. The CHORUSES!The lyrics, the riffs, the drums, and the samples! I can’t say enough good things about it. You will be singing these choruses in the car and at the store. The songs have so many layers you will listen 20 times and still be discovering things you’ve never heard before.”

And Greg further teases: “The guest musicians also put the crown into a few songs. I couldn’t be more happy with our guests, like Ahrue Luster from Lions At The Gate (ex-Machine Head/Ill Nino), Matt Szalchta from Broken Hope (ex-Chimaira) and Dustin Lei Griboski from Arise In Chaos.”

Unsurprisingly, Vented’s draw influences from the great bands of the 90s and early 00s scene, such as Slipknot, Chimaira, Machine Head, KoRn, Soulfly and Hatebreed. Greg explains: “Our music is not about being innovative in 2022, we just want to express our feelings through the music we love!

“Our music is like a therapy for me. I can push all of the negative energies into this kind of music and write out all the bad things from my inner self. Because of this, my life can be balanced!”

And Sean adds: I write a lot about mental health,  demons, insecurities, love, hate, loss, and everything in between.”

Vented plan to release two more singles ahead of the debut album. And we don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited to see what they have to offer with these new tracks.

You can follow Vented on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube.

Listen to Vented on our Spotify playlists GigRadar Core and GigRadar Metal

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