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"Plague Music" CDEP

Equal Vision Records

Genres: hardcore, punk metal

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June 6 - 12 2005

Screamy hardcore metal/rock from the Equal Vision label - nothing surprising, sure, but I'm always up for it when it's good.  VAUX does not disappoint.  Plague Music may be short, but it sure makes an impression.  Dark, almost demonic moods are infused with viciously pulverizing guitars and scratchy, furious vocals - despite the noisiness and energy, though, VAUX still retains a sense of melody and catchiness.  They remind me of some Dim Mak bands in that way, particularly Envy.

Be it the pulverizing opener, "Celibate Good Times," or the haunted rock of "Dearest Darkest," this EP rocks like no other.  Play it loud and it's a completely cathartic experience - surprisingly devoid of the sort of love angst many of these bands are known for.  The only blip in the rock entourage is "Sex Will Happen Tonight," a dark and unnerving piece of demented pop - despite the change of pace, though, it fits in surprisingly well with the rest of the disc, and simply offers a breath (or gasp?) of air before the listener is pushed into the swirling vortex of the closing title-track.

The Plague Music EP is short, but it's quite an experience.  Take a look if you're interested in an equally harrowing and pulverizing record.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]