VAN­ITY

Shin­ing a light on the fu­ture of death­core

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise -

Since its very in­cep­tion, death­core has been a cen­tre of dis­cus­sion in the metal com­mu­nity. Though the genre pro­duces plan­e­tary-core depths of lower- ended bru­tal­ity, has the well run dry of cre­ativ­ity? Mak­ing a solid ar­gu­ment on death­core’s be­half are south Lon­don six-piece Van­ity, who’re show­ing what an in­fin­itely imag­i­na­tive pow­er­house this genre of mu­sic still can be.

Pre­vi­ously known as Van­ity Draws Blood, the band’s 2016 sonic abat­toir EP Per­spec­tive//Dread was an im­pres­sive ac­com­plish­ment, even fea­tur­ing Thy

Art Is Mur­der’s C J McMa­hon as a guest vo­cal­ist on the track Anx­i­ety. How­ever, it’s their killer, soon-to-be re­leased Per­spec­tive//Em­pa­thy EP that re­ally has us drool­ing. Ex­pan­sive and am­bi­tious, Van­ity are ushering death­core into a whole new era.

“We’d been so used to writ­ing a much darker style of mu­sic that get­ting out of that mind­set was a chal­lenge for us,” gui­tarist Luke Jervis ex­plains. “Per­spec­tive//Dread, had more of a typ­i­cal hor­ror/ death­core vibe to it. With Per­spec­tive//Em­pa­thy, we’ve let loose a lit­tle bit more and it has a lot more to do with our own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in life. For our first at­tempt at writ­ing some­thing that was com­pletely out of our com­fort zone, I think we’ve nailed it and achieved what we wanted to do.”

Bar­ley reach­ing the

18-minute mark, Per­spec­tive//Em­pa­thy holds a tremen­dous amount of weight within that time, show­cas­ing the band at their most vul­ner­a­ble. The demons that ac­com­pany loss and grief stalk them closely, as they make them­selves known on the sin­gle Tran­quil, writ­ten for and ded­i­cated in the me­mory of Elisha Alexan­der, sis­ter of vo­cal­ist Ker­rie.

“That was re­ally dif­fi­cult for us to deal with,” re­calls bassist Char­lie Jones. “As our vo­cal­ists, I know Ker­rie and Ryan [Stevens] write songs that try not to be too spe­cific, so it can be re­lat­able where pos­si­ble. But equally, they stay true to what’s hap­pened in their lives, hav­ing to deal with what they’ve gone through.”

“It’s definitely made us grow stronger,” Luke con­tin­ues. “At the end of the day, we’re not just band­mates – we’re a fam­ily. We’re all there for each other through all the sad times, but also the good times. The hard­est part is play­ing these songs live. We all get quite choked up while we’re ac­tu­ally play­ing. We’ve only played Em­pa­thy live in its en­tirety once, but the feel­ing and the re­al­ity of what it’s all about is very hard-hit­ting for us. We feel pow­er­ful to ac­tu­ally go out there and be able to do that.”

Be­ing the sec­ond of four EPs planned for the Per­spec­tive saga, will this all cul­mi­nate into a full-length al­bum by the end of the process, we won­der?

“We’re definitely con­sid­er­ing it,” says Char­lie. “An LP is still some­thing that we’ve had on our minds for a while, but there’s op­tions that we still need to dis­cuss. At this stage, an al­bum might be too lim­ited for what we want to achieve. Do­ing these small chunks has al­lowed us to learn and progress our­selves as a band. We’re ac­tu­ally re­ally en­joy­ing just do­ing what we want with­out any lim­i­ta­tions.”

“AN AL­BUM IS TOO LIM­ITED FOR US”

Van­ity: putting ev­ery­thing

into Per­spec­tive

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