US progressive sludgers Vexing announce debut album »Grand Reproach« on Ordovician Records; first single »The Mold« streaming
Denver, Colorado based progressive sludge trio Vexing has announced their debut album, »Grand Reproach«, which will be released on May 26th, 2023 via Ordovician Records.
Listen to the first single and opening track »The Mold« below!
01. The Mold
02. Vanquishing Light
03. The Invisible Hand
04. Shallow Breath
07. Small Black Flame
08. Red Skies
Courtesy of ClawHammer PR:
Just when you thought sludge metal couldn’t get any more outlandish or challenging, Colorado’s Vexing comes along. The band’s upcoming full-length debut, »Grand Reproach«, takes an already progressive and experimental sound to the next level with eight mind-scrapingly intense new songs.
Active since 2017, Vexing is a progressive sludge trio that doesn’t make the most soothing music. But that’s all by design.
With influences stemming from sludge acts like Yautja, and Inter Arma but also from more progressive acts like Russian Circles and even Rush – the music is a certain grinding brand of sludge that reaches towards a more dynamic sound.
The 2020 EP »Cradle« captures an earlier era from the group, whereas the newest release »Grand Reproach« looks to change that sonic landscape with striking guitar tones, fiercely spirited drums, and mercilessly relentless riffs, all on top of an undulating and frightening ambiance.
It’s an enveloping and obtuse experience that’ll leave you engaged with that tension you’ve always had.
»Grand Reproach« was written and produced by Vexing (Clayton Whitelaw, Garrett Jones, Jeff Malpezzi). The album was mixed and mastered by Mikey Allred from Dark Art Audio. Artwork by Ethan Lee McCarthy / Hell Simulation, with layout/design by Andrew Notsch.
Clayton Whitelaw – Bass, Vocals
Garrett Jones – Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Malpezzi – Drums
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well