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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005UP03
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vex Red - Start With A Strong And Persisten Desire - Cd

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Start With A Strong and Persistent Desire almost never got a chance to start at all. Aldershot's Vex Red spent a couple of years playing Home Counties toilets for little praise and less money. Then, on the verge of throwing in the towel, they spotted an article announcing producer Ross Robinson needed bands for his new label, sent away a demo and, a matter of weeks later, found themselves signed up and working with Robinson himself.

You'd expect an album overseen by the producer of Korn, Slipknot and At The Drive-In to be hip and heavy, and Start… is most certainly that. Many of the tracks are, in fact, wildly inventive. In the opening "The Closest", singer Terry Abbott delivers a chilling murmur while a strange buzzing flits between speakers, as Dermo's soft vocal and piano are assaulted by guitars recalling Black Sabbath's Never Say Die period. The virulently anti-cannabis "Can't Smile" has you thinking of Gavin Rossdale singing for the Sisters Of Mercy, while "Cause And Solution" is a building storm of sweeping guitars and twisting electronica, a punchy ambient techno. Though "Bully Me" lacks a strong melody, and the all-out assault of "Itch" overwhelms Abbott's sensitive vocal, this is a remarkable production job and a strong debut that raises Vex Red above Brit rock peers like Crackout and Lostprophets. They'll go far. --Dominic Wills

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Let's get one thing straight, why do the music press (mentioning no names) continue to build up reader interest in new bands, with 'next big thing' or 'new hope' tags, just to bring then down? Vex Red have come in for some undue critiscm since the release of 'Start...' and the writing was on the wall since the hype wagon began. This is unfortuante as much as it is unfair because this is a very accomplished debut from a talented quintet clearly demonstrating a penchant for quality and often brutal tunes. 'The closest' is a great opener with throbbing bass, a meaty hook and terrific drumming.
Obviously because of Ross Robinson's contribution to the knob twiddling on this record and the dubious way in which the bands deal was struck, a great deal of interest has been generated but for the wrong reasons.
It has to be said that at times what is on offer here is not the most original but it is the delivery that counts and Vex Red certainly mean it. Just listen to the emotion in 'Can't smile' for Abbot's vocal range (yes a nod to Silverchair's Mr John's)
Second track 'Dermo' is, put simply, a wolf in sheeps clothing. What starts as a ballady tale of boredom twists into a stomping almost techno assault with wirling synths, samples and hooks.
It is on the lament 'Bully Me' where the bands limitations are exposed in the albums weakest track. 'Cause and solution' is almost animal rights era Moby, splitting the album perfectly.
Comparisons with Lostprophets, Adema and Nu-boy band Linkin Park are almost inevitable but the layers and depth on this record relate more to a younger brother of Filter. Singles 'Itch' and live favourie 'Clone Jesus' further prove the bands nailing of the quiet-loud dynamics.
'Start...' is an apt title and on this evidence we can expect great things of Vex Red and good luck to them.
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Start With a Strong and Persistent Desire oozes quality, which is perhaps a little unusual for a debut album. None of the tracks could be classed as filler, they're all great in their own right; Your CD player skip-forward control will not be needed!
Tracks that are very likely to immediately grab your attention include the single Can't Smile, a great combination of emotional vocals, good riffs and some superfast drumming, and (another single) Itch, which is slightly slower and heavier, but no less emotional than Can't Smile. Other instantly accessible tracks include the title track, Clone Jesus and The Closest.
Thankfully, there's a little depth in here too. Some tracks are decidedly deceptive at first. Dermo sounds like the obligatory "slow and quiet" track on the album, until it gets about a minute in and suddenly kicks into some weird sounding (but very pleasing) hybrid of fast rock and techno, complete with some cool sounding effects. Untitled follows a similar pattern, although remains at a slower pace and doesn't get so heavily into the techno side of things.
Some of the tracks take a few listens to get into, but I always find that's the case with good albums. In my case, Sleep Does Nothing For You and Cause And Solution both took a while to sink in, but now I like them plenty.
Perhaps the real beauty of this album lies in the fact that each song really does sound different, or maybe it's because there doesn't seem to be any weak link in the band: the drumming is particularly good, different to a lot of standard rock/metal fare; the vocals can move from slow, quiet melody to angry screams in an instant; the bass and guitars churn out some powerful riffage, and all sound pleasantly fuzzy.
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Vex Red manage to combine powerfull guitaring with soft vocals that can send shivers up your spine. There is alot of energy in the music, bursting to get out, but is kept under control by the calm voice of Terry Abbot whose vocals manage to calm the whole thing down without losing any of the raw power. The stand out tracks for me have to be 'Can't Smile' which has kind of a slow feel to it, although the drumming gets quite fast, also the vocals on this track are even more moving than usual. The other track which grabs me is 'Sleep Does Nothing For You' which contains some of the most roaring guitar riffs played incredibly tight. There is always a time to listen to this band, they seem to have an element to their music which suits every mood. Vex Red are definetly a band to watch in the future.
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It's been 6 years (or there about) since they split up, but this album is still a firm favourite of mine. The blend of metal-influenced rock music and electronica was certinaly unique back then. These guys were the only ones doing it. Looking at present day, I can see various parallels these guys have with modern bands that are flourishing, bands like Reuben and Enter Shikari.
From beginning to end, expect to be bombarded with heavy chorus', fat bass lines, ingenius sampling, emotional vocals and creshendos. Don't expect any virtuoso performances, this band is purely about being simple and it works. These guys balance unconvention and commercial perfectly, but that may be the very reason they didn't get very far. If you didn't like these guys when you first heard about, you may like them now.
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