VENUS PRINCIPLE are premiering the melancholic and powerful new track ‘Drag Nets’ as the final single taken from the dark psychedelic rockers’ debut full-length “Stand in Your Light”, which has been scheduled for release on May 27. All details about the British-Swedish outfit’s first album can be viewed below.
‘Drag Nets’ makes subtle use of a wide range of instrumentation from sax to mellotron vibes and Mini Moog, and the stunning vocal chemistry between Daisy Chapman and Daniel Änghede comes into play again as well. The track is now available for immediate publication via this link: https://youtu.be/9dZYvqBtRU4
Pre-sale link: http://lnk.spkr.media/venus-principle-stand-in-your-light
VENUS PRINCIPLE comment: “After the initial recording sessions for ‘Stand in Your Light’ were postponed, we had a chance to write a few more songs”, guitarist Jonas Stålhammar tells. “The last one written was ‘Drag Nets’. It turned out to be by far the heaviest track on the album. ‘Drag Nets’ represents the waste and rejects of man. You can trawl the sea for food and treasure, but humankind will always carelessly discard all unwanted matter only for it to be rediscovered as flotsam and jetsam. The idea of adding saxophone was a last minute thought in the studio when I reached the conclusion that we had too many guitar solos on the album already. Our amazing guest on the saxophone, August Eriksson, copied my guitar solo note for note and then added some improvised sprinkles.”
1. Rebel Drones
3. All These Words
4. Days of Summer
5. The Lord He Giveth and He Taketh Away
6. Shut It Down
7. Kindle the Fire
8. Drag Nets
10. The Haunting
11. Stand in Your Light
“Stand in Your Light” is a work of love. Passion drips out of every note from the bitter-sweet honeycomb of solemn melodies that VENUS PRINCIPLE have created for their debut album. Although this is the first record from the British-Swedish collective, these hymns for the burdened and broken come audibly with the profound maturity of hard earned experience from all the veteran musicians involved.
Classic rock is at the heart of “Stand in Your Light”. Whether the resulting music is dubbed art rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock, or anything else, VENUS PRINCIPLE are openly showing their roots with obvious pride: KING CRIMSON, PINK FLOYD, BLACK MOUNTAIN, GENESIS, Bob Welch era FLEETWOOD MAC, and many others of the giants that shaped modern guitar based music into the towering and persistent heritage have left their marks on “Stand in Your Light”. Yet the 6-piece is anything but a simple carbon copy.
Expertly, VENUS PRINCIPLE add their own ingredients to the canonical rock elements. Foremost pain and darkness permeate each track, spawning a terrible beauty ruling in triumphant glory. Yet shadow cannot exist without light, which the British-Swedish musicians provide in delicate moments of hope, tenderness, and warmth. In these aspects of “Stand in Your Light”, the metal spirit of some of the protagonists on the album reveals itself. Particularly tasteful British influences such as musically a dose from the legacy of sadly split-up ANATHEMA, and on a more emotional level a pinch of MY DYING BRIDE and PARADISE LOST but without their metallic harshness have added to the collective’s recipe.
VENUS PRINCIPLE were formed in autumn 2019 after several of its members decided to part ways with CRIPPLED BLACK PHOENIX. Still fully in love with dark, melodic art rock and psychedelic music, this group of close-knit friends was not content to just sit at home and twiddle thumbs. Inviting more familiar associates into their fold that included active and former members of AT THE GATES, ISON, TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE DISASTER, and LOUISE LEMÓN this new rock band was born. To join the collective took more than just being friends. Each member is expected to share the passion and musical vision for this modern take on a vintage sound, which this new band derives from both the styles of Sweden and the UK that is crafted into a fresh and eclectic aural experience.
Although they are just at the starting point of an intended long career, VENUS PRINCIPLE emerge with the fully-fledged masterpiece “Stand in Your Light”. This album is bound to accomplish a most difficult feat by delighting adherents of both rock and metal.
Release date: May 27, 2022
Style: Dark psychedelic rock
Daniel Änghede – vocals, guitars
Daisy Chapman – vocals, piano
Jonas Stålhammar – guitars, keyboards
Mark Furnevall – keyboards, backing vocals
Ben Wilsker – drums
Pontus Blom – bass
August Eriksson – saxophone
Johan Weber – pedal steel guitar
Kalle Widén – pedal steel guitar
Produced by Venus Principle
Recording by Jamie McKivitt at Shaken Oak Farm, Witney, UK
Recording by Kalle Widén at Studio Enheten, Uddevalla, Sweden
Additional tracking by Scot Mckenzie at New Cut Studios
Additional tracking by Jonas Stålhammar and Daniel Änghede at Moondawn and Observatoriet Studios
Logo design by Jonathan Hultén
Artwork & layout by Roger Iderman
“Stand in Your Light” is available as a 36-page hardcover 2CD artbook incl. bonus tracks, on limited gatefold 2-LP crystal clear vinyl, on gatefold 2-LP black vinyl, and as Digisleeve CD