Ancient Geometry is out 21 June via Silent Cult.
Fast-rising US post-metal quartet VEXES have announced the release of debut album Ancient Geometry on 21 June 2019 in Europe via Silent Cult and have unveiled their unique cover of Tears For Fears’ track Head Over Heels.
VEXES are an experimental, eclectic, groove-infused new post-rock/metal outfit who have garnered much attention in their native land and promise to do the same in the UK / Europe with the release of Ancient Geometry. The special European version features three stunning bonus cover tracks, including Head Over Heels as well as Shattered Dreams by Johnny Hates Jazz and Voices Carry by ’Til Tuesday.
The band comment: “We are thrilled to be working with Silent Cult and for the opportunity to have our music heard by an expanded audience with the international release of our debut album Ancient Geometry. We’ve been writing for the better part of nine months or so now for the follow up to AG, and as a “break” from that process and as a thank you to anyone that has listened to us thus far, we wanted to put our spin on a few of our favorite songs from the 1980s. The songs we chose were very influential to us in various ways, both from the standpoint of our personal lives and in the general vibe of our music. There is a lushness and delicate quality to the sound of the original tracks, and such a great pop sensibility, which is something that we try to incorporate in our sound, blended with ferocity and vulnerability. We hope that everyone enjoys our take on these classic tracks.”
Pre-order Ancient Geometry here.
From start to finish, Ancient Geometry takes listeners on a journey – starting with the bombastic Hellion, the first song VEXES wrote together. The track flips between thrash beats and surging, choppy riffs layered with atmospheric guitars. After battering the listener with songs like Lift and Decisions are Death Here – each of which veer from tuneful and textural to brash and furious, VEXES tone down and emphasise vulnerability over anger. The distorted guitars and unsettling tempos don’t disappear, nor does the juxtaposition of crooning and roaring vocals, but on songs like ‘Plasticine’ and Lush the vocals become more consistently tuneful and the backing instrumentation less pugnacious. At the midpoint of the album there’s No Color, a multifaceted song that flows like a daydream turned into a nightmare and features a guest rap by Islander member Mikey Carvajal.
Ancient Geometry was engineered and mixed by front-man Charlie Berezansky at Skywire Sound Studios in West Creek, NJ, and mastered by Mike Kalajian (The Dear Hunter, Saosin, Emmure) at Rogue Planet Mastering.