Groove-infused experimental rock/metal outfit VEXES have been turning heads with their latest single “Helion“, and are following up with an energetic new music video for the evocative track “Decisions are Death Here”. Check out the Bobby Bates-directed clip via Alternative Press‘ official Facebook page, where it will premiere live at 2:00pm EST today: https://www.facebook.com/altpress
The video can still be streamed via the Alternative Press Facebook page after the original live stream ends, and after 24 hours, will be available to view via the VEXES YouTube channel.
Frontman Charlie Berezansky says: “It was 15 degrees in Paterson, NJ when we filmed this video. I was confident that pneumonia would haunt me for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, we all survived and our first video was born. The song is a mood swing of sorts, and we think the video does a good job of capturing the melancholy, as well as uplifting moments throughout.”
VEXES‘ upcoming debut album, Ancient Geometry, will hit stores this Friday, February 23, 2018. The album is available for digital pre-order via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Bandcamp (some with instant grats of released singles), and in physical format via Big Cartel with other merch options here. You can also stream tracks via Spotify here.
Make sure to tune into Sirius XM Liquid Metal to hear “Helion”, which is in steady rotation now! Fans can let Sirius XM know what they think of the track by tweeting support and tagging @SXMLiquidMetal on Twitter, or leaving comments on the Sirius XM Liquid MetalFacebook page. “Helion” can also be streamed this week via various Spotify playlists by Alternative Press, Loudwire, MetalSucks and Metal Injection. Visit the user pages for each of those outlets to scope out the playlists!
“…an absolutely thrilling debut album… “Ancient Geometry” captures various moods and a dynamic range of instrumentals that keep things fresh from track-to-track… this record is packed with hooks and is catchier than it has any right to be… it’s too early to begin speculation for our Album of the Year proceedings, but Vexes makes a solid case for longevity with “Ancient Geometry”.”
– Heavy Blog is Heavy
“Whereas ALOL pummeled with groove and brute force, Vexes take a more subtle approach, exploring the more nuanced side of groove with post-metal atmospherics and an alt-metal sense of melody.”
“…sure as hell catchy… the underlying heaviness really takes things to another level.”
– Metal Injection
“Fans of A Life Once Lost and Fury of Five already know that those bands are masters of groove-laden heavy music, and clearly they also know how to reinvent that element of their sound… “Ancient Geometry” follows in the footsteps of bands like Isis, Deftones, Thrice, Pelican and Cave In but finds its own sound along the way.”
“Fans of Deftones, the Ocean, and the Contortionist won’t want to miss out on this one…”
“This is a sublime serving of post-metal… new, energizing and exciting.”
– It Djents
New Jersey-based VEXES – featuring frontman Charlie Berezansky (ex-Downstage andVessl), guitarist John Klagholz (ex-Fury of Five and Vessl), drummer Justin Graves (ex-A Life Once Lost), and bassist Bobby Carpenter (ex-A Life Once Lost) – came together after Klagholz and Berezansky’s previous band, Vessl, called it quits. The two were interested in starting a heavier project to filter some different ideas into. After finally completing their demos, they sent them to a few respected musician contacts of theirs, and within a few weeks, heard back from drummer Justin Graves. Graves was impressed with the tracks and hinted at wanting to join the band. Soon after, they recruited Bobby Carpenter to play bass.
Ancient Geometry was engineered and mixed by frontman Charlie Berezansky at Skywire Sound Studios in West Creek, NJ, and mastered by Mike Kalajian (The Dear Hunter, Saosin, Emmure) at Rogue Planet Mastering. Combining gripping alt-metal atmosphere and experimental post-rock inspiration with a healthy dose of post-hardcore undertones, VEXESbreathe new life into this genre set to deliver something fresh and instantly absorbing.
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