January 1, 2013 marks the day on which San Marcos/Austin, TX Progressive Death/Black Metal Horde VEX will release its highly anticipated follow-up to 2010 full-length Thanatopsis. The band’s sophomore offering is entitled Memorious and will be released through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, ensuring that 2013 will start off with a resounding “bang!”
In a review of the debut album Thanatopsis Grave Music said VEX “demonstrates an exceptional aptitude at constructing expertly arranged progressive death metal with blackened flourishes.” While those sentiments certainly describe Memorious as well, the words “you ain’t heard nothin’ yet” also come to mind. Believe the hype.
Carve My Eyes
Astride a Grave
No Such Thing
Away from the Sun
Wasteland (How long ago…)
Solace in Sleep
Those Days are Gone
A Drinking Song
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.