Volume 96, Issue 11
Tuesday September 17, 2002

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CD REVIEW: Vex Red
Vex Red is persistent

Vex Red
Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire
Virgin Records

Rundown: After listening to this album, the first question you might ask yourself is: "Why haven't I heard of Vex Red before?" Straight out of Aldershot, Ontario, this band is one of the best things to hit the world of nu-metal in quite some time, offering a much needed break from the droves of Linkin Park clones currently clogging up the scene. While the lyrics tend to be quite simple, they are also extremely stark and poignant; listeners feel as though the words are coming straight from vocalist Terry Abbott's soul.

Key Tracks: Opening strong with "The Closet," which invites listeners to "wake up" to the surrounding world, Start only gets better as it goes along. One of the most mellow tracks on the album is the down-tempo "Bully Me," which also showcases the band's range. The title track, "Start With A Strong And Persistent Desire," truly stands out. In this remarkable song, the listener experiences the passion behind Abbott's words: "You are the pain/ you are the hurt/ you are the hate."

Sounds Like: If you're a fan of The Deftones, you'll probably like Vex Red, as there are striking similarities between the two bands. However, this is far from a "carbon copy" situation, as Vex still manages to create a distinct and very individual sound. Abbott's voice is every bit as beautifully haunting as Chino Moreno's and it's complemented perfectly by heavy and often chilling guitar riffs. The softer keyboard segments, intertwined with pounding drums, add to the ethereal, dream-like quality of Vex's music.

–Megan O'Toole



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