Venus Star is another curious project coming straight from the darkest side of Circle of Ouroborus member and incredible musician Atvar. I must confess I'm not the biggest COO fan, but Venus Star is a totally different beast. It's not as weird as COO, Venus Star is focused on a more gloomy, primeval and obscure death metal with some notable black metal influences, Venus Star has released, this year only, two EP's and a full-length. I've heard this EP the most and i'm totally into this. Featuring three tracks only, Venus Star unleashes upon us a very heavy, unbreathable atmosphere, the sound, that shines a very low-budget and raw production, brings to my mind something in the likes of Crepusculo Negro's Muknal. There's some very dense, thick and obscure death metal on this one, like in the opening track "Let Blood", with that hammering rhythm that drags us into the depths of the most dark and haunted mausoleums where constant shadow with fiery eyes lurks on every corner, waiting for the right timing to get their cold claws on your flesh. But beside all of that grimness on this EP, there is still room for a more melodic tone, like we can witness on the last track "Nighteater", a much more accessible and a wonderful track. I only wished there were more songs featured on this EP, because i really love it, that's the only negative aspect i can point on this one.
Besides Venus Star new release i strongly recommend you to hear also the new release from another of Atvar's projects, called Rahu. The brand new album entitled "The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows" is really, really good.