Vexes Channel Their Inner A Life Once Lost on New Jam “Plasticine”
The marketing campaign surrounding the new outfit Vexes is leaning heavily on the participation of ex-A Life Once Lost guitarist Robert Carpenter (playing bass here). And there’s something to be said for that: there’s a certain sense of groove that’s shared between Vexes and the now defunct, pioneering metalcore/proto-djent band.
But the similarities mostly end there. And that’s not a bad thing! 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. The Deftones comparisons here are unavoidable — both vocally and musically — but the band is capable of covering plenty of sonic territory; compare their latest track, “Plasticine,” with the previously released single “Lift” and you’ll find plenty of dynamic.
Frontman Charlie Berezansky offers on “Plasticine:”
“‘Plasticine’ sums up what I love so much about this band. The fusion of something heavy and hypnotic with these sort of ambient ethereal melodies. On ‘Plasticine’, I’m reflecting on a battle with, and eventual acceptance of, someone harmful in my life. To me, the song is not only about the eventual submittal to something that you know is damaging, but falling in love with it.”
Check it out below. Ancient Geometry will be released on February 23, 2018, and is available for pre-order here.