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La-Ventura - A New Beginning
The last couple of years, Holland is flooded with female-fronted “gothic” rock/metal bands. Following acts like Within Temptation, After Forever, Epica and Delain, we’ve now got La-Ventura. La-Ventura is a band formed by drummer Erwin Polderman (ex-Orphanage, Holland’s first gothic groove metal band) and singer Carla Douw. 'La-Ventura' means luck and that is what they are going to need to reach the top with so many bands in the same genre.
 
During the first couple of times I listened to their debut album, I wasn’t really impressed. What I heard wasn’t bad, but everything sounded really familiar. After a while I got to appreciate the music on A New Beginning more and more. Carla has a great passionate voice and she sings flawlessly. Especially during the piano ballad ‘Remind You’  she shows how well she can sing. Besides the great performance, the song is a bit forced; why should every gothic rock/metal act have a ballad on their album?

The first song on A New Beginning, ‘Deadline’, has a very typical intro; you think it’s going to be heavy, but when the vocals kick in you get disappointed. The tension is gone and the music is a bit too calm. ‘Only Love Will Finds Its Way’  is way better than ‘Deadline’, the song is heavier and the tension which is created at the beginning of the track is maintained until the end. ‘Trefoil’ starts with a synthesizer intro and isn’t the slowest song, but it’s also not the heaviest. To pick ‘Trefoil’ as their first single is a logical decision, because it doesn’t scare people away who aren’t into metal and isn’t too soft for people who do like metal.
 
A New Beginning will find it’s way to those who are into gothic rock, but I doubt if many other people can be convinced by this CD. The vocals are great, besides that there aren’t enough elements in La-Ventura's music to distinct them from any other band in this genre.
La-Ventura - A New Beginning
73/1001Details Self Released
Released on Sunday Oct 28th, 2007
Gothic Rock/Metal

Writer @Gilles on Sunday Oct 28th, 2007

Tags: #La-Ventura
Tracklisting 1. Deadline
2. Memoria
3. Only Love Will Finds Its Way
4. Trefoil
5. Remind You
6. Cry
7. Messed Up
8. A New Beginning
9. The Hunter
10. Right & Righteousness
Line up Carla Douw - Vocals
Erwin Polderman - Drums
Sascha Kondic - Guitar
Michael Saffrie - Bass
Marco van Boven - Synths