Vein - Errorzone review




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Band: Vein
Album: Errorzone
Release date: June 2018


01. Virus://Vibrance
02. Old Data In A Dead Machine
03. Rebirth Protocol
04. Broken Glass Complexion
05. Anesthesia
06. Demise Automation
07. Doomtech
08. Untitled
09. End Eternal
10. Errorzone
11. Quitting Infinity


If you told me five years ago that someone fused metalcore and nu metal, I likely would've been disgusted. Is the world ready for such a revival of once-hated genres? Is it a recipe for disaster or something we desperately needed back?

Vein have been playing with fire, but their trump card is that instead of taking more inspiration from the less fortunate side of metalcore like Emmure or Bullet For My Valentine, they push more for chaotic metallic hardcore in the vein of (see what I did there??) Botch, Orchid, or early Converge. The final result is still distinguishable from its hardcore origins through its bassy Korn emulations and its Slipknot-ish choruses. Add a few nods to industrial metal by adding some breakbeats and the recipe is ready.

Errorzone is 27 minutes of nostalgia filtered through modern experimentation, or the other way around. Nevertheless, the album takes the best of both worlds, turning teenage anger into a vitriolic maelstrom. Vein manage to take a dive into nostalgia but not be limited by it. Despite taking sounds that are almost exclusively grounded in the past, Errorzone doesn't feel excessively generic. Sure, some moments (the chorus of the title track) may be leaning a bit too much into the no-go zone, but a great deal of the album does almost detach you from remembering the absolutely terrible stuff circulating back in the day by washing the memories by frontloading its best qualities.

The album rarely takes a moment to breathe, which isn't much of an issue due to its length and also due to it alternating between chuggy breakdowns and spastic, mathcore-ish chaos. The throat-ruining screams on this thing are every now and then alternated with either gang vocals drenched in effects or clean vocals. Vein still sound at their best during the tracks where experimentation is more obvious, like the opening track.

If you still feel like I did five years ago, Errorzone won't win you over, but they showcase a lot of the qualities of the genres-that-are-not-to-be-named-on-a-metal-site and their slight experimental tendencies could mean a lot of potential to grow beyond their anachronism. Take a trip on memory lane.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 9


 



Written on 12.07.2018 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


Comments

Comments: 5   Visited by: 58 users
12.07.2018 - 13:37
musclassia
I am one of the few on here that actually fully enjoys (at least some of, not the two bands you mentioned) modern melodic metalcore, but I also like some of the metallic hardcore stuff, and I really enjoyed this album, cheers for bringing it to my attention
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12.07.2018 - 14:13
Kuroboshi
Hmm, some metalcore works, some don't. I'll try this out! Thanks for the tip, and great review.
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12.07.2018 - 22:52
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by musclassia on 12.07.2018 at 13:37

I am one of the few on here that actually fully enjoys (at least some of, not the two bands you mentioned) modern melodic metalcore, but I also like some of the metallic hardcore stuff, and I really enjoyed this album, cheers for bringing it to my attention

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20.07.2018 - 21:40
Boxcar Willy
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Ugh this is just bad Converge.

Sanction is so much better.
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19.09.2018 - 16:09
Apothecary
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These guys are opening for Ghostemane next month so I suppose it's about time I give this thing some more listens
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