Open Grave Records & NePlusUltra Music are proud to announce the signing of Finland’s Female Fronted Melodic Metal band VENIA.

VENIA got their start in 2002 when guitarists Viktor and Jere started jamming together and seeking more band mates. The lineup was finally completed in the spring of 2004, and a demo was recorded titled, “Genesis“.

In 2005 VENIA recorded their first offical studio recording, a MCD entitled “In Our Weakness“, which was released via Bombworks Records.

Now in 2009 the band is set to release their debut full-length album titled, “Victory by Surrender“. “Victory by Surrender” will be a co-release between Open Grave Records and newly founded NePlusUltra Music. A world wide release date has been scheduled for April 14th.

Viktor of Venia states in regards to the new album, “It’s another big step forward for us as we set the bar very high. It includes 11 songs; two instrumentals, six songs in English and three in Finnish. Four of the songs are new and much improved versions of songs that were on our first demo. Musically it will be sort of a blend of the “Genesis” demo and “In Our Weakness“; the thrash and power elements are still present, but everything has a bit of a classic heavy metal feel to it with plenty of galloping rhythms and dual leads. I’d say it’s more melodic and catchy than “In Our Weakness” but just as heavy. Oh yeah, we have also included a lot more violin than before.”

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