Denver, Colorado based Progressive Sludge outfit Vexing has released the second single “Shallow Breath” taken from their debut album “Grand Reproach,” due out on May 26, 2023 via Ordovician Records. Purchase and Stream the single on Bandcamp:
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.
Pre-order “Grand Reproach” on Bandcamp: ordovicianrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vexing-grand-reproach
01. The Mold
02. Vanquishing Light
03. The Invisible Hand
04. Shallow Breath
07. Small Black Flame
08. Red Skies
Clayton Whitelaw / Bass, Vocals
Garrett Jones / Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Malpezzi / Drums