Sometimes I can be late to the party, and here is another great example, this album having landed in the middle of 2018 and taking me until the pot has begun to boil over with attention soup before I give it another listen six months later.
Vein have slowly been building attention with their mix of hardcore, math-metal, and the darkest urges of nu-metal before it became a spent force of bad tattoos and edgy teen angst written by 20-somethings. Think of the chaotic early albums of Slipknot and Mudvayne for a little bit of musical direction.
Leaping straight into proceeding with a discordant Convergesque riff melted into a clean nu-metal drum pattern, ‘Virus://Vibrance’ is here to let you know that this will be a disconnected ride through as many forms of modern heavy as the band can throw at you. Follow up ‘Old Data in a Dead Machine’ closes the salvo on the same riff and drum pattern that the album opens on. Vein then dart in another direction as they tackle more straight up hardcore in the quick kick to the head that is ‘Rebirth Protocol’, leading into the next couple of tracks, all of which come from the darkest corners of the late 90s with clean singing and low slung bass hiding around every sharp and chaotic turn.
This is a close as you may get to a newer band tackling the kind of musical roller coaster set out by bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge or The Chariot at their most chaotic and it’s understandable why Vein has copped the raps they have. Unlike some of their peers in the more eclectic modern hardcore scene though, this band and this album refuse to relent or take their foot of your throat. The short bursts of cleaner music are not there to allow you to rest or gather your breath, merely so the music can adjust its strides and start hitting you again.
It is difficult to believe it was missed the first couple of times I glanced over this album, and to be completely honest it was because the band are being unfairly compared to newer bands such as Code Orange who are pushing the hardcore envelope in ways I am unsure are actually helping. This is more a band to fill the gap left by others who have recently retired and for those who missed the more spasmodic end of the nu-metal spectrum that some found rather enjoyable at a time when heavy music seemed at its weakest.
- Old Data In A Dead Machine
- Rebirth Protocol
- Broken Glass Complexion
- Demise Automation
- End Eternal
- Quitting Infinity