Album Review: Vein - Errorzone

Artist: Vein

Album: Errorzone

Review by Steve Jenkins

Much like the album cover, Errorzone by Vein who hail from Boston, Massachusetts is an in your face assault that is confronting, gnarly and metal as f*ck.

This album is without a doubt one of the most aggressive and hard-hitting albums to be released this year. Hard to define, there's so much going on in this bands sound, there's lots of chaotic metallic guitars, shrieking and going out of control like something you'd hear from The Dillinger Escape Plan or Converge. Errorzone is very computerized, there's a lot of little electronic moments sprinkled in with the metalcore madness, which kind of reminds of something from the early nu-metal era of Slipknot and Korn. The vocals are crazy, screaming intimidatingly with a gritty style that works extremely well with this style of music. Discovering this band and listening to them so far has been nothing but surprising, because they keep throwing things at you that kind of make you go, "Whoa, wait a minute, what was that?" I like it. I've heard lots of bands try to do this kind of music, but Vein leave everyone of them for dead and it sounds like they actually know what they're doing.

I'm a fan of bands that are able to take something that's old hate and out of style, like nu-metal and make it sound fresh and new. Vein do this immensely well, as they're able to take those samples, bouncy riffs and in-your-face lyrics and make them their own in their own demented way. You can't listen to this and say that this is weak, or this is pussy metal, it's not, in the words of Good Ol' JR, it's tougher than a two dollar steak. The length of this album is perfect as well, no filler all killer, and I feel like if they did have a couple of drawn out moments, it would harm this record and it's intensity. The very few melodic moments on Errorzone work well however, as the clean singing and slowed down pace is like a gasp of air after being trapped underwater for a long amount of time.

Vein are ruthless and aggressive, they are a band that people are going to start taking notice of after this release, and rightfully so. This new wave of metallic hardcore bands coming through right now is very impressive and Vein are going to be right up there as far as successors go. If you're looking for a raw, mind-bending, brutal album then look no further. Vein are here to destroy and conquer.

9 out of 10.

Errorzone is out now via Closed Casket Activities.

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