San Marcos/Austin, TX Progressive Death/Black Metal Horde VEX will release their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Memorious, tomorrow through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
The follow-up to 2010’s Thanatopsis is already a top contender for many best-of-2013 lists with renowned print and online zines, such as MetalInjection.net, Lords of Metal and Scream Magazine, giving Memoriousnearly perfect ratings. If praise like that isn’t convincing enough, Decibel Magazine is offering proof of the album’s greatness by streaming Memorious in its entirety. To listen, visit this location.
“On their sophomore release, Vex inject strands of traditional metal minutiae into the desolation of extremity, constructing an enigma of limitless vision” – MetalInjection.net
“Utterly unique and bloated with atypical melodies/harmonies, the 2nd full-length from the Texas born Vex is an eye opener of an album which instantly grabbed me with it’s superior songwriting and a style so skillfully enveloped by the olden years of melodic death metal.”
– Worm Gear Zine
“Vex manages to give their songs a soul, a sincere emotional depth” – Lords of Metal
Vex is a Central Texas-based extreme metal band that has been gigging around the state since about 2001. Their 2003 EP Sphereith earned considerable praise from ‘zines such as Terrorizer and helped the band earned opening slots for international touring slots for Deicide, Hate Eternal, Immolation, Origin, Krisiun, Katatonia, Goatwhore, Moonspell, Exhumed, among others.
In 2005, Vex entered Noise Farm Studios to record a promotional release of songs that would eventually end up on the full-length album Thanatopsis.To promote this release and the EP, the band embarked on a West Coast tour with Godless Rising (Moribund Records) and Avenger of Blood (JCM Records) in the summer of 2006. The next few years were spent sorting out lineup issues and working on Thanatopsis, which would see a release in September 2010 through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Earlier in the year, Vex released a split 7-inch release with reunited Texas Death Metal group Divine Eve through the same label. Obliteration Records released a CD version of the split in Japan and Asia, featuring 3 tracks from each group.
The two years following the release of Thanatopsis would see further lineup changes, with Joe Jackson from local black metal Sakrefix replacing vocalist Orlando Perez. Apart from a few local gigs, the primary focus during this period was on writing, arranging and recording new material. The culmination of these efforts was the second full-length album
Memorious, set for official release through HPGD Productions in January 2013. A limited edition pressing of the album was released in August 2012 to coincide with the band’s first full tour of the East Coast. More extensive touring and promotion is set for 2013.