|Genres||Rock, melodic metal|
|Labels||Ravenheart Music Records
|Members||Carla van Huizen
Sascha "Saz" Kondic
Michael "Mike" Saffrie
|Past members||Marco van Boven
Renzo van Poecke
La-Ventura is a female fronted rock/melodic metal band based in the Netherlands. It was founded by ex-Orphanage drummer Erwin Polderman and vocalist Carla van Huizen in 2005. Its sound is characterized by groovy drum beats, raunchy riffs and melodic female vocals.
The band terminated their agreement with Razar Ice Records in July 2007 --- just two months before the planned release date for their first album, and continued the production themselves. Their first album, "A New Beginning", debuted on October 6, 2007, and the band signed a record deal with the American-based Renaissance Records in January 2008. The album was officially released in North America on March 18, 2008.
The band has shot the video for their first US single, "Trefoil".
A second album, called “White Crow”, has seen the light of days in 2013 with an independent pre-release for the Benelux. Recorded at the MII Recording Studio in France, mixed and produced by Didier Chesneau and mastered by Bruno Gruel at Elektra Mastering. In November 2013, the band officially announced the signing of a license deal with Ravenheart Music Records for the UK/Ireland and Valkyrie Rising for the territories Germany/Austria/Switzerland. A digital release of the single "Song for an Idiot", taken from the album "White Crow", was released on 15 November 2013. In March 2014 the album was officially released in Europe.
Ten tracks, heavier, more consistent, more mature… it was worth the wait for sure!…— Rock Tribune Magazine 2013
…this band sounds awesome almost “un-Dutch”…— Aardschok magazine 2013
…great heavy grooves, tight riffs and overall terrific catchy songs…— LiveXS magazine 2013
…this band can make it big! 90/100— ZwareMetalen
This band deserves a breakthrough, which gives the dying Female fronted Metal scene a real kick in the butt with White Crow! 4.5/5— PodiumInfo 2013
On October 31 2014, an official videoclip of "Song for an Idiot" was released.
On November 7 2015, the EP 2.0 was released.
At the moment, the band is working on their third studio album, which is to be released somewhere in 2016.
- Current members
- Carla van Huizen - vocals
- Sascha "Saz" Kondic - guitar
- Michael "Mike" Saffrie - bass
- Stefan Simons - drums
- Previous members
- Studio albums
- EP's & singles
- 2009: Breaking the Silence (EP)
- 2013: Song for an Idiot (single)
- 2015: 2.0 (EP)
- 2006: Trefoil
- Roadrunner Records News Archives - LA-VENTURA Parts Ways With RAZAR ICE RECORDS[permanent dead link]
- Roadrunner Records News Archives - LA-VENTURA Signs With RENAISSANCE RECORDS[permanent dead link]
- YouTube - LA-VENTURA - Trefoil (Official music video)
- YouTube - LA-VENTURA - Song for an Idiot (Official music video)
- La-Ventura's Official Website
- La-Ventura on Encyclopaedia Metallum
- La-Ventura on Facebook
- La-Ventura on ReverbNation
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