After releasing their second beast of an album, Negative Energy, earlier this year, UK alt-metal outfit VEXED have graced their fans with a new visual highlight.
Featuring special guest and Alpha Wolf vocalist Lochie Keogh, you can watch ‘Lay down your flowers’ below.
Impressing with extreme vocals and bombarding drums, the new video is yet another example of one of the UK’s hottest newcomers in alternative metal. VEXED have already received great attention with Negative Energy and singles, including ‘Anti-Fetish‘.
VEXED vocalist Megan Targett on ‘Lay down your flowers’: “‘The boy who cried wolf’ is a story that we are all familiar with. ‘Lay down your flowers’ is based on the vindication of the people who have had to endure living their lives in constant fear and threat of tragedy.
“Finding the courage to stand up to those who use your emotions and good nature to take advantage, and claiming back your sanity which was so manipulatively taken from you.”
VEXED will bring Negative Energy to six intimate headline shows in the United Kingdom, starting 10th October in Glasgow.
VEXED add: “This tour is so special to us because it is proof that no matter how dark things may get, there are always better days ahead. We invite you to join us in our healing process, a cathartic and brutal celebration of how hitting rock bottom has saved us.”
Tickets are on sale here: https://bnds.us/dvk3eq
Negative Energy is the pinnacle of VEXED‘s musicianship, with gripping, profound and brave lyricism. Instead of opting for the forced positivity many of their contemporaries demonstrate, the Hertfordshire trio channel every ounce of their Negative Energy into these 13 tracks – recharging themselves for an uphill battle.
Stream/purchase Negative Energy here: https://lnk.to/VEXED-NegativeEnergy/napalmrecords
VEXED formed in 2019, consisting of vocalist Megan Targett, guitarist Jay Bacon, drummer Willem Mason-Geraghty and bassist Al Harper. The band quickly made a name for themselves across the UK metal scene with their hard-hitting sound and dynamic live performances.
Turning heads with their debut singles – including the fearsome ‘Elite’ featuring Thy Art Is Murder‘s CJ McMahon – VEXED quickly created a palpable underground buzz. In 2020, they signed with the independent label Napalm Records, and released their debut full-length album, Culling Culture in May the following year.
Culling Culture features ten tracks that showcase VEXED‘s signature sound, which combines punishing breakdowns, technical guitar riffs, and Megan Targett‘s fierce vocals. The album’s lyrics explore themes of societal issues such as mental health and social justice and have been praised for their honesty and relatability.
The album was a commercial success and received widespread critical acclaim. VEXED‘s live shows have also garnered a reputation for being intense and energetic, with the band earning support slots with notable acts such as Spiritbox and In Flames, among others.
Now VEXED look to their second album, to be released 23rd June via Napalm Records. A punishing listen, from haunting intro track ‘PTSD’, which sets the stage of dread ahead of the carnage to come, all the way through ‘Lay down your flowers’ featuring Alpha Wolf vocalist Lochie Keogh and intense finale ‘Nepotism’.
Like the best bands, VEXED on Negative Energy blends fury with emotion. ‘Default’ displays lead singer Megan Targett‘s high-soaring clean vocals juxtaposed against her menacing deep growls, while the album’s most emotional offering, ‘It’s Not The End’, serves as a magnificent dedication to a loved one passing away, truly manifesting their legacy.
A stunning, devastating musical conduit – Negative Energy ventilates VEXED‘s pain-stricken burdens and breathes life into their fresh approach, delivered with a thunderous vengeance.
3. We don’t talk about it
4. X my <3 (Hope to die)
5. Panic attack
6. Lay down your flowers
7. There’s no place like home
10. Trauma Euphoria
11. It’s not the end
Megan Targett – Vocals
Jay Bacon – Guitar
Willem Mason-Geraghty – Drums