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VEXED returns with a vengeance, delivering the most intense, vicious alt-metal album of 2023!

photo credit: Andy Ford

UK’s most exciting new talent, alt-metal outfit VEXED, emerged as one of the hottest new bands to watch in heavy music. After their highly-lauded debut in 2021, the crushing Hertfordshire unit will unleash the album’s aggressive successor, entitled Negative Energy, on June 23rd via Napalm Records.

Heavier and more violent, the new studio album depicts the confidence VEXED have gathered since their first release, and represents a soundtrack of brutality – chaotic, traumatic, and based on the band’s most grueling personal experiences.

Crushing new single “Anti-Fetish” comes as the first harbinger and fearlessly breaks in with an all-consuming, panic-stricken lead riff, making a stand against comparisons and hate in the business.

Blistering with disorderly intensity, VEXED doesn’t mince words with pure honesty, and all-consuming instrumental strength. The brand-new official music video underlines this message in a visually impressive way that captivates from start to finish!

VEXED on “Anti-Fetish” :
We wanted to start with a huge riff and a strong message. Anti-Fetish is us confronting the constant comparisons and ungrounded hate that bands receive. It’s become completely accepted in the scene to cross the line of constructive criticism and just dive bomb into hatred and prejudice. This song is us setting the record straight by calling out the blatant discrimination.”

Negative Energy achieves pinnacle musicianship and gripping, profound, and brave lyricism. Instead of opting for forced positivity like many of their contemporaries, the Hertfordshire three-piece channel every ounce of their Negative Energy into these 13 tracks – recharging themselves for an uphill battle.

The band states:
We are so proud to present to you our second album. Since our first release, we have each endured traumatic experiences, surrounded by death, betrayal, pain, and grief. In order to find any strength, we first had to accept that we weren’t okay, then take our trauma and face it head-on, sharing our vulnerability, fears, and weaknesses. Instead of forcing ourselves to try and be positive, we put all our negative energy into the album in order to begin our own repair and to overcome.”

Pre-Order the devastatingly heavy Negative Energy via this link.

Oran O’Beirne 2023