This group is being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls

It’s been more than 25 years since the Spice Girls first started clogging up popular music, so we’re probably due for some kind of revival of that sort of madness. But if that must happen, then I might be able to buy in.

Venus 5, featuring members from Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Sweden, and, er, Albania, is being called “the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls.” They were put together by Serafino Perugino, head of a label called Frontiers. A self-titled debut album was released last month.

Here’s a sample of what they sound like from a festival in Spain earlier this month. Take a look while reading more about Venus 5 here.

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18 thoughts on “This group is being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls

  • July 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm
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    Woah, woah, woah… woe. Kind of sad, isn’t it. I can’t un-hear that.

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  • July 15, 2022 at 10:25 am
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    Is it because they’re white & European that they are ‘…being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls…’ — yes, the Spice Girls did have the token black person — but why isn’t Baby Metal being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls, us it because the latter is Japanese?!

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  • July 15, 2022 at 1:01 pm
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    Is it because they’re white & European that they are ‘…being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls…’ — yes, the Spice Girls did have the token black person — but why isn’t Baby Metal being promoted as the heavy metal version of the Spice Girls, is it because the latter is Japanese?!

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  • July 15, 2022 at 3:10 pm
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    I don’t know what it is but it definitely is NOT Heavy Metal! It’s not Metal, and I wouldn’t call it Heavy anything. If anything it’s soft Rock or Pop Rock.

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  • July 15, 2022 at 9:24 pm
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    So zero stage presence, and…some sort of whatever that was? Yeah. I’ll stick with female leads like Babymetal. Nightwish. Amy. The Spice Girls was more metal than this debacle.

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  • July 16, 2022 at 7:42 am
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    So they bought their outfits at Hot Topic and their guitar player turned his distortion pedal on… and this makes them metal in what way exactly?

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  • July 16, 2022 at 11:00 am
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    Some might say the spice girls weren’t all that but this has got to be an insult to even say they are the spice girls version. Whoever put this band together needs to consult with Simon Cowell. There’s no talent here period. Just noise. I’m lost for words how bad they sound.

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  • July 16, 2022 at 6:06 pm
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    Your loose if not ignorant use of the word metal in reference to this ” group ” shows lack of qualification to publish anything if the music genre !
    Write about what you know !

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  • July 18, 2022 at 9:02 am
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    Omg! Omg! Let us know when they become heavy metal because that ain’t metal…its pebble Rock…..That is 30 years too late…

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  • July 18, 2022 at 1:28 pm
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    Based on the video linked, just a highly produced girl “band” backed up by male instrumentalists. I think it would be more accurate to say this is a girl version of the Backstreet Boys.

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  • July 19, 2022 at 8:54 am
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    Just fell into a Venus 5 trap and I want out.

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  • July 20, 2022 at 11:21 am
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    This is disgusting. The article should be prompted deleted, the author slapped, and put in a corner for a few days. What an a-hole

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  • July 20, 2022 at 7:40 pm
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    If you want to hear a great band listen to “Broken Peach” they are great

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  • July 21, 2022 at 12:47 am
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    Yeah look, I’m all for women in rock and metal. But within the first few lines of the article I’d already made my mind up to not even listen. The very fact that it is clearly stated that they were “put together” says absolutely everything anyone should ever need to know.
    Let’s go back and take a quick look at bands that were put together by labels shall we?
    >Almost ALL of the “big” boy bands of the 90’s – Boyz2Men, Boyzone, Westlife.
    >Same as the all girl trends. Spice Girls don’t exist without the label putting them together, Sugababes, Pussycat Dolls.
    Wanna know what all of these acts have in common?
    They dropped one “good” (and I say that with extreme emphasis on good being subjective), they went on to do nothing else, and they all mostly ******* hate each other. I mean ****, even more recent years we can look to One Direction, thrown together on a contest show because they all ****** individually but corporate seen dollar signs in their eyes as a group. What’d they release? Like 2 albums with one week known single? ******* good career that one

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  • July 21, 2022 at 12:48 am
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    Mate, the best thing that ever happened was one of those idiot Kardashian ***** getting spotted in a Slayer shirt prompting Gary Holt to go get shirts made saying “Kill The Kardashians”🤣

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  • July 21, 2022 at 12:34 pm
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    I mean the Sex Pistols were essentially a manufactured pop band put together to sell clothes

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