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Vex Red - Start With A Strong And Persisten Desire - Cd
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 Startâ¦ 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 WillsSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes there is no justice. Saw them play in Aldershot, excellent. Where'd they go? Yet Ed Sheeran et al, ultra successful, why?Published 13 months ago by groon
An album of high's and low's for the band who found fame through a Demo tape competition in a prominent metal magazine in 2000. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2003 by Amazon Customer
Vex Red managed what I thought was impossible, and that was to take take my fave band title off the Foo Fighters. Read morePublished on 24 April 2003
Purchasing the album on the strength of one auditory session of 'Itch', it was clear I was not going to be disappointed with the rest of the album. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2003
...............Wot can i say!? Vex Red are amazing! I bought this album when it first came out, i had only heard 'Can't smile' once and had decided to buy the album in the hope... Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2002 by William Joyce
When I first heard of Vex Red, I thought "oh God, no" Ridiculously touted with tags such as the "new Nirvana", I actively avoided them. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2002 by Dan
Buy this album. If not for the music then for the energy they can transfer onto CD. This is a band who are relentless in their use of emotion through music , having been blessed to... Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2002 by Purehalo
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... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2002 by cmdrdeathguts
I first experienced Vex Red at Brixton Academy in Feb 2002 - their set was absolutly blinding and their sound amazing, nothing like I'd really ever heard before. Read morePublished on 23 May 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org