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Another British Success...,
This review is from: Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire (Audio CD)
A fine debut effort from the boys from Aldershot. With a vibrant guitar force, unique and effective keyboard sounds, being backed by fast and riveting drumming that blast you firmly into your seat, Vex Red begin their journey to take the world by storm.
Recently rated 2 out of 5 in a magazine, which is fair enough (it's an opinion). But that particular opinion has to be taken into account as some what of a joke by someone who has actually listened to the CD with great interest, for it boasts a lively and energetic vibe which overcomes a lot of great bands around at the moment.
Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire starts with an action packed array of glistening Nu-metal as "The Closest" kicks in with it's bouncy blast of guitaring glory which is mixed with Terry's vocals on the 'wake up' chorus that eases the pain of the troubled, after a rather weird intro. In one word, outstanding. Terry hit's an amazingly atmospheric high note on track 2 that brings in another powerful chorus to another classy song that is "Dermo".
The two (present) singles "Can't Smile" and "Itch" bring people around with the enjoyable propaganda that caught the eye of Ross Robinson, who stopped them from jacking it all in and put them back on the path of their dreams. "Can't smile" with its 'cool' riffs and well-trained vocals tuned to perfection and "Itch" with its deafeningly catchy chorus and twisted verses, combined with harsh, shocking and destructive guitaring that will make you slam the repeat button.
Others that catch the ear are "Clone Jesus" and "Sleep Does Nothing For You", that are sharp and demanding the gratitude which they truly deserve, as they insult you with their overpowering metal roots.
To conclude, yes, Vex Red do have their slow and mellow moments but don't be discouraged for they are there for reasons, to build up the pace leading to the thunderous intense measures of heaviness, to give the listener the sense of feeling and background behind the songs and to refresh and relax your mind. Another British success.