VEXED – Legion Deathblood
Producing their own blackened thrash/death combination since 1996, Italy’s Vexed on their sixth album "Legion Deathblood" appear to be hungry and ferocious, rekindling a lot of the spirit that many old-timers lose the deeper and longer they get into a music career. Old-school influences from Celtic Frost and Motörhead to Sodom and Venom come up throughout – although there are occasional small interlude/ sound clips to break up the normal thrash and bash action. The solos aren’t going to be pinpoint precise, the vocals rumble along as quickly as the music, and at times it’s difficult to discern one particular speedy song from the next.
Beyond the originals like "Death Order", "Elements" and "Bringers" (the latter containing some sick speed/tempo changes), you’ll also get their take on a Bathory song "Die in Fire". Raw, abrasive, taking no prisoners – the underground throngs crave acts like Vexed who aren’t attempting anything commercial, but stick to the original intent of the genres they love. An album meant to be cranked up as loud as possible.