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It's an ok album
on 19 August 2002
This is the album I should hate. I mean, despise. But I can't. There's a nagging voice at the back of my head, saying "for fück's sake, this is a Linkin Park record with emo pretensions, no rapper and better players. Are you really going to be taken in by sucker-trapper Ross Robinson and his new man-concubines?"
Well I have. A little. If this had been any more than £5 iwould have returned it, but it's well worth the £4.99 I (ie my parents) spent on it. The music is pretty formulaic nu-metal. If someone had a formula for rap-less nu metal, and created a band with it, Vex Red would be that band. They have bleepy synths. They have angsty lyrics and tragic vocals (Terry Abbott would make a ska song depressing). The major difference is that the bleepy synths are at the forefront of their sound, lots of filter sweeps and other jiggery-pokery more frequently associated with electronic music, can be found in force.
And, sporadically they even solo, such as on Untitled. These subtle advantages keep it interesting for a lot longer than most of Vex Red's contemporaries. Unfortunately, that time is not an entire album. It all gets rather samey by track 7, with no real reward for slogging it out til the end. It's all rather good, but there is so little variation between the songs that Start... should have ben trimmed and released as an EP.
Vex Red will probably go places. Unfortunately this album does not. Well worth a fiver though.