VEXED are a four-piece band out of Hertfordshire in the UK. Their debut full-length album titled Culling Culture features 11 tracks and was released on May 21st 2021 via Napalm Records. You can expect a modern metal sound with a mix of djent, deathcore and plenty of clean melody throughout most of the album.
Culling Culture opens up with a short teaser/intro track of just under a minute, that kind of serves as a build-up or tension into the following smashing track, Hideous. Vocalist Megan Targett shows her range of abilities throughout this album, with bestial growls that smoothly transition into clean melodic tones as well. These are accompanied by a wall of chunky down-tuned guitars and a solid foundation of meaty drums and bass. The instrumentation that forms this album is extremely effective and pack plenty of diversity in their playing, whilst also maintaining their own sound. This for me was most evident in tracks such as Fake, Purity and Aurora.
Fans of modern metal who are into djent, deathcore, metalcore and the likes, should check this album out. I don’t think they’ll be disappointed with this release. The stand out track for me I think would have to be Purity!
Release Year: 2021
Label: Napalm Records
Reviewed by Chris Long