Combine the ferocity and intensity of metal with classic rock and classical music influences and you get the superb fusion that is Massachusetts band Audio Vex.
The five-piece have honed a thrilling, riff-heavy sound that quickly draws you in and has you hooked.
Our latest taste of this is the band’s fourth single Dead End, which was released in October. It opens up with a huge booming riff, which drops into a bouncy riff under frontman Gileno Vaz’s commanding vocals. The delicious riff intensifies then drops into a big, atmospheric singalong chorus.
Drawn-out vocals take over in the second verse, then stabbing guitars and a cry of “Is that what you fucking wanted?” drop into a section of cool repeating guitars and atmospheric distant vocals. Huge cried vocals continue, then fun darting guitars over doomy drums, which give way to a twisting little guitar lick.
Gileno’s eerie distant vocals creep in again then it jumps into one final blast of the huge chorus. Check it out in the video below:
The brilliance of Audio Vex is also shown by Cave Alien, which opens with light, melodic repeating guitars that suddenly drop into big booming hits of guitar and drums. A cool laid-back riff takes over and feeds into a delicious opening verse led by Gileno’s impressive vocals.
Heavier, stabbing guitars take over in a big rocky intersection, which continues as Gileno’s vocals return and feed into a big singalong chorus. That drops into another big rocky section to bring the track to a close. Check it out below:
Slightly confusingly, the band’s debut single was called The End and it’s an impressive introduction to the band. Electronic noises drop into a big chunky bassline with flickering guitars that continue under Gileno’s light vocals. Big chugging guitars kick in then more intense vocals come in over the top in another intense track. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with bassist Jon Wysocki to find out more about this exciting new band. Read on below…
GR: Who are Audio Vex?
JW: “Audio Vex is based out of Taunton MA. I would describe our sound as hard rock with some metal elements to it. Our lineup is: Vocals – Gileno Vaz. Guitars: Rich Whitney and Rodrigo Ferreira. Drums: Mark Jones-Maynard. Bass: Jon Wysocki. The band formed in 2016 as a cover band when Rich had a Craigslist post that was responded to by myself.
“He also had a drummer he played with in a previous band, but ended up backing out the day of our first practice. So Rich looked to friends of friends and in doing that was able to lure Mark to our first practice. At the time, Rich was playing guitar and singing. Fast forward a year, and with a second guitar player coming and going, we ended up with our new singer, Gileno.
“He and his brother joined the band, and it was at this time that we started the process of slowly switching from being a cover band to an original band. We’ve all had the desire to do this for many years, and Gileno, along with his brother Raph, had success in Brazil beforehand. Unfortunately, Raph had other commitments and ended up leaving the band. He has remained a huge supporter of ours. Continue to fast forward and we eventually settled on our current lineup. We all work well together and bring different things to the table.”
GR: You just released Dead End. What should people be expecting from the song?
JW: “Dead End had been a long time coming. Its basic form took place years ago in Brazil, written by Gileno and Rodrigo. They presented the song to the rest of us, and through debating and playing off each other’s abilities it came to be where it is now. We are all very proud.
“It is hard-hitting but the riffs are smooth and clean while being driven by Gileno’s vocal delivery. We expect people to enjoy it because it has heavy elements to it but also melodic elements to it. It is fast-paced with a cool key change in there which changes the feel of the song in a great way, only to go back.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
GR: “We all greatly enjoy writing music. We are constantly sharing ideas back and forth, and we all are multi-talented, so we aren’t limited to writing on only our instrument. It’s a love we all have and we really feel something when we come up with an idea that can help our band or even simply for ourselves. It’s just a personal desire for each of us. There’s nothing we enjoy more.
“Our overall sound has elements of hard rock and metal, with a little bit of progressive rock as well. We really try to mix the heavy riffs with melodic chord changes in a way that is seamless. We feel like there is a lot of value in having music that takes you on a journey. I believe this song does that. We talk about all types of subject matter ranging from inner demons to alien life.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
JW: “We all have different tastes when it comes to music, but also meet a lot in the middle. Bands such as Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Tool, Incubus, Tesseract and Sevendust have been huge influences but we’re also influenced by music outside of the metal scope. Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, classical music all have been influential, and there are many more. But we try to stay original to ourselves.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
“Right now, we are promoting Dead End and are playing several local shows in the Southeastern MA area. Meanwhile, we have 4 unreleased songs at the moment that we are writing and working through, and our goal is to have them recorded hopefully early next year. We are very excited to get these songs out there.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
“Our current songs are available on all major streaming channels and we urge everyone to take a listen. We also have two music videos currently, which are available on youtube. We appreciate you taking the time to learn a little bit about us.”