VEXES’ upcoming debut album, Ancient Geometry, will hit stores this tomorrow, 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.
New Jersey-based VEXES – featuring frontman Charlie Berezansky (ex-Downstage and Vessl), 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.
Vexes: Fresh alt-metal
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, VEXES breathe new life into this genre set to deliver something fresh and instantly absorbing. Band photograph courtesy of, and copyright to Bobby Bates Photography.
Ancient Geometry track listing:
- Decisions Are Death Here
- No Color (feat. Mikey Carvajal of Islander)
- Meridian Response
- Ancient Geometry
Charlie Berezansky – vocals, guitar, keyboards
John Klagholz – guitar, keyboards
Bobby Carpenter – bass
Justin Graves – drums
I got a chance to listen to Ancient Geometry, and it’s great. The songs have a nice progression from one to the next, but the songs aren’t all the same. The style flows from screamy rock to a bit of 90’s alt-rock almost pushing into electronica. There’s some nice synthesized vocals, the drum lines are nice and clear, the guitar blends the vocals and drum line together, and the bass just flows in and out. I really enjoyed the album, and I think you will too. It’s been also compared to the bands Isis, Deftones, Thrice, Pelican and Cave In. So if you’re a fan of any of those, you’ll enjoy the album even more.
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