Venus Fly Trap (VFT) - "Nemesis" Reviews
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Nemesis

Alex Novak (vocals)
Andrew Denton (guitar, keyboards, vocals & programing)

Additional Players
Paul Cox (backing vocals & assistant vocal engineer)

Engineered & Mixed @ Villers Wood (UK) by Ardent Nodwen
Vox @ Hot Rock (UK) Assistant Vox Engineer - Dom Read-Jones
Mastered @ Soup Dragon (UK) by Newton Dander
Produced by VFT 2007~2009

Music by A.Denton/Lyrics by A.Novak © Venus Fly Trap 2010
except* Human Fly (The Cramps/Venus Fly Trap)all rights reserved

Mick Mercer - Goth & Post Punk Writer UK

The dramatic text on the cover rounds everything up into a Steamgoth world and damn me if the music don’t back it up.

The aloof ‘Skullduggery’ wafts in like a grimy but flash miscreant, sonic turbulence and sticky guitar hopping over a limber beat, the accusatory sly chatter tailing off for the perky chorus. A bubblier synth-whisked ‘Absinthe’ drips gauche charm, with gormless lyrics and a catchy guitar line, its juicy strength growing all the while. ‘Black Magic’ keeps that saucy light capering going, the rhythm spry, the dents inflicted by the filleted guitar slick wounds, and the vocals deeply engaging, even if they sound a bit Pink Floyd doing that brick in the wall thing at times. It’s superbly designed, and runs into a tingling, respectfully wiggly ‘Human Fly’ cover with a playfully buzzy synth and delightfully accurate guitar shading, the vocals a tad huskier. Brilliant.

Operator’ opts for a quitter approach, with simple vocal repetitions and a fitful mood, which still swings loosely and captivates, sombre and murky. ‘Gemini Lounge’ is thinly beaten pop with a slinky chassis and lyrics about car crashes and James Dean, burbling like a spacey version of The Normal all grown up. That same crafty poise strides right through ‘Cryogenic’ will a subdued funkier glare, and
Clairvoyant’ swims steadily ahead into the interplanetary pop void with another mutoid purring gait and nonchalant glam insouciance.

Penny Black’ is odd and oddly charming, short and twisting neatly, with chipper, demanding vocals, as they ease back and let the airy music slip by easily, carefree, buoyant and fun, not spiritually divorced from the old Jazz Butcher. Then things turn queasier and inverted for a creamy, gaseous ‘Something Wicked’ that has a more buffed up psyche surge to it, while the grim fun of their bolshy ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ is pretty instant, like a hijacked garage spree, the darker synth styling pushing it towards dank dance quicksand. ‘Good Night’ mopes sweetly, in a gregariously sleepy farewell, and you can’t help but be left in a good mood as it’s an odd twist.

Their most openly inviting and infectious record, by a mile, there isn’t a duff moment on this, and it’s so ludicrously charming I can’t think why anyone wouldn’t like this.

Venus Fly Trap - Nemesis Reviewed by: Mick Mercer

November 2011

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Peek-a-boo - Webzine Belgium

Some things never seem to go away and the British duo The Venus Fly Trap are one of them.
Since the late 80's Alex Novak, made from his British headquarters, seven albums from which "Nemesis" is the second and features Andrew Denton.
People who like to dwell the corridors of the underground will be aware of this Northampton-band as they were to be seen in lots of venues.
The Venus Fly Trap never got that big but they could count on a loyal audience, not in the least because they worked with legendary people like Martin Bowes (Attrition) and Pat Fish (Jazz Butcher).
The band might be linked to the goth culture and in a way they certainly are but knowing these guys for years I tend to ask myself if this was ever the right category for them to belonged to.
Whatever the reason might be, Alex is surely the kind of artist who can give his guitar-pop gems a dark undertone.
I always thought Alex's voice came close to the one from Bob Mould and if Husker Dü would ever made a goth-rock-pop album, I guess it would have sounded similar.
On "Nemesis" you hear once again what brilliant songwriters they are. Apart from the bland cover of "Human Fly" by The Cramps this album is once again a proof of their skills.
Another pearl for the swines?
I guess so but this piggy says: thank you!

[79/100]

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Venus Fly Trap - Nemesis Reviewed by: Didier BECU September 2011

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ChainDLK - Webzine

Seven years after their previous studio album titled "Zenith", Venus Fly Trap are back with
NEMESIS. On this one we have Alex Novak on vocals and Andy Denton taking care of all the other stuff aided by Paul Cox at backing vocals. The album contains twelve tracks and one of them is a particular sixties electro wave version of "Human Fly", one of the first tracks composed by The Cramps. The duo mix guitar feedbacks and electronics filtering them through new wave, post punk and a bit of sixties psychedelia, succeeding into creating a sound reminiscent of hundreds tracks you listened in your past but skillfully blended by Alex and Andy whom dosed all the elements obtaining their own sound. Sounding now dark then epic and after that, acid, Venus Fly Trap made a fresh album that will take you for a ride through dark lands but with intermittent green flashes and pink lollipops. Try to imagine a bus where Sisters Of Mercy, Doctor And The Medics and The Sound have a jam session and you'll have the idea of how this album sounds.

3.5 / 5

Venus Fly Trap - Nemesis Reviewed by: Maurizio Pustianaz

November 2011

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Trinity-Chroniques - Webzine

Affublé d'un superbe artwork rétro-futuriste, le nouvel album studio de Venus Fly Trap "
Nemesis" distille avec toujours autant de fougue et d'originalité un rock sombre teinté d'arrangements électroniques. Raide et post-punk sur "Absinthe", electro-billy sur la reprise du "Human Fly" de The Cramps, le duo Alex Novak/ Andy Denton tisse un univers hanté et nocturne. Esotérique et gorgé de références à la magie, à Jekyll & Hyde, aux fantômes victoriens, "Nemesis" est un disque élégant et subtil qui possède toute la singularité du son Venus Fly Trap. Le chant d'Alex Novak précis et désenchanté hante ce cabaret doucement horrifique sur des musiques héritières d'un post-punk nimbé d'un lacis délicieusement sombre.

Venus Fly Trap - Nemesis Reviewed by: Aloysius

October 2011

Trinity-Chroniques

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Nemesis Album - Venus Fly Trap (VFT) UK Band with Alex Novak, Andy Denton Drums, Andy Denton Guitar, Andy Denton Programming, Big Blue Poland, Big Blue Records, Northampton, Darkwave, Absinthe, Skullduggery, Black Magic, Human Fly, Operator, Gemini Lounge, Cryogenic, Clairvoyant, Penny Black, Something Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde, Good Night Nemesis Album - Venus Fly Trap (VFT) UK Band with Alex Novak, Andy Denton Drums, Andy Denton Guitar, Andy Denton Programming, Big Blue Poland, Big Blue Records, Northampton, Darkwave, Absinthe, Skullduggery, Black Magic, Human Fly, Operator, Gemini Lounge, Cryogenic, Clairvoyant, Penny Black, Something Wicked, Jekyll and Hyde, Good Night Nemesis Album - Venus Fly Trap (VFT) UK Band.