Vexed’s “Anti-Fetish” Addresses Criticism Of Bands That Goes Too Far

[photo credit: Andy Ford]

UK Alt-Metal outfit Vexed released their debut album in 2021 and have now announced the album’s successor, Negative Energy, on June 23rd, 2023 via Napalm Records. Described as “heavier and more violent,” the album is also “based on the band’s most grueling personal experiences.”

New single “Anti-Fetish” has arrived alongside an official video that addresses hate thrown at bands in an unnecessary way.

The band says about the song:

We wanted to start with a huge riff and a strong message. Anti-Fetish is us confronting the constant comparisons and ungrounded hate that bands receive. It’s become completely accepted in the scene to cross the line of constructive criticism and just dive bomb into hatred and prejudice. This song is us setting the record straight by calling out the blatant discrimination.

The band adds about the album:            

We are so proud to present to you our second album. Since our first release, we have each endured traumatic experiences, surrounded by death, betrayal, pain and grief. In order to find any strength, we first had to accept that we weren’t okay, then take our trauma and face it head on, sharing our vulnerability, fears and weaknesses. Instead of forcing ourselves to try and be positive we put all our negative energy into the album in order to begin our own repair and to overcome.