Exclusive Track Premiere: Vexes Soar and Burn On Re-Entry With “The Dream Disease”


It seems like more and more bands are going full Deftones lately, and Vexes are definitely doing it convincingly. The Asbury Park, NJ-based four piece soar like a motherfucker, lifting their songs up with crashing waves of emotional riffs. Now, with their double album Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time on the way this June, the band are primed for hard rock radio, but could also become a sub-surface-level staple with their flourishes of post-metal and hardcore.

The latest single from Imagine…, “The Dream Disease,” definitely hits those marks, and how. Coupled with it, though, is a visualizer that’s actually a lot more entertaining than the usual accompaniment one sees for a song like this. The footage here is a mixture of classic art, modern cartooning, and Flash animation styles that nicely sums up the band’s modern-yet-organic sound. It also definitely puts them on the artsy side of the spectrum, which is a good look for an outfit like this.

Says guitarist John Klagholz:

“’The Dream Disease’ is about being too afraid to chase a dream or a desire that you’ve had, only to watch the moment or the opportunity pass you by and then feeling the regret and the hollowness about your choice not to pursue it for the rest of time. We all live with the fear of rejection or feeling like we’re insufficient in certain ways, but to a casual observer things are not always as bad as they seem. The song can be interpreted as someone who from the outside looking in is trying to help ease those fears and offer some kind of encouragement or hope. Whether we choose to accept that offering is the crux of the matter.” 

Check out our exclusive premiere of Vexes’ “The Dream Disease” below. Imagine What We Could Destroy /// If Only Given Time June 17th, 2022, and is available for preorder.

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