New Jersey Stage
New Jersey Stage on social media


Big News! The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2019-2020 season
Click here for the story!

Makin Waves Record of the Week:
"Vindictive" by Vextion


originally published: 01/30/2019

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Vindictive" by Vextion

Jersey Shore hard rock band Vextion return with their long-awaited sophomore EP, “Vindictive,” their first record in nearly eight years.  They will celebrate the release of the five-song EP on Feb. 2 at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch. PHOTO BY JEFF CRESPI

Vextion are fun, talented hard rock band with elements of metal and tinges of grunge. Their sophomore EP, the five-song “Vindictive,” is their first in nearly eight years.

Slimmed down to a power a trio since 2011’s “What I Am,” Vextion open “Vindictive” with the scorching “Pride,” which features a fantastic funky intro. I also love the death metal-like ending that demonstrates how founder Kate Ortiz shreds not only on guitar but vocals.

Emotional rocker “Break” chronicles the kind of love that feels so good but is so bad so you have to take a break in order to survive. The standout, however, is the next track, the grungy, fiery “Burn” about a toxic relationship that needs to be extinguished. A cross between the passionate shred of Lita Ford and the fat, ferocious rhythms of L7, “Burn” should get Vextion lots of play on local rock radio.

Fans of both Doro and Metallica will appreciate “Last Breath,” Vextion’s variation on The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Adding to the musical treat is a hot ‘n’ sweet drum break by Rob “Bobman” Crowther. 

Kudos also go to bassist Max Orozco, who provides a tastefully technical foundation upon which, Ortiz can swing her axe. This is especially the case on the explosive closer, “Crash,” about a power struggle within a passionate relationship. “Crash” also rules because it features a dynamite ending in which Ortiz ably and impressively stretches her vocal chops in a way that matches her guitar ability.

No doubt, she is one of the best shredders in New Jersey, and if she was a guy, her band would be even bigger than they are. I hope someday Vextion get to share the stage with Little Vicious in a spectacular girl guitar summit. If it doesn’t happen in due time, I will have to try to make it so.

In the meantime, Vextion will celebrate the release of “Vindictive” on Feb. 2 at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch with Ropetree, Lower the Veil and Jag One. What you will find is the lasting, convicting power of music in terms of both the artist and the audience. 

Makin Waves Record of the Week: "Vindictive" by Vextion

 

Bob Makin is the reporter for www.MyCentralJersey.com/entertainment and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at makinwaves64@yahoo.com. And like Makin Waves at www.facebook.com/makinwavescolumn.






For more by this author, click here



More Articles You Might Like

Fleetwood Mac To Perform At Prudential Center
Fleetwood Mac To Perform At Prudential Center
P!NK Announces 2019 Spring Dates, Tour To End At Madison Square Garden
P!NK Announces 2019 Spring Dates, Tour To End At Madison Square Garden
Shawn Mendes To Perform At Prudential Center
Shawn Mendes To Perform At Prudential Center
NJPAC Presents Yellowjackets, Jazz Fusion Legends
NJPAC Presents Yellowjackets, Jazz Fusion Legends
Cher To Perform at Prudential Center
Cher To Perform at Prudential Center
Joan Baez To Perform At McCarter One Final Time In April 2019
Joan Baez To Perform At McCarter One Final Time In April 2019






Event calendar
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019


MUSIC

ADDED COLOR @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 9:30pm

COUNTESS & FRIENDS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Dean Ford & The Beautiful Ones @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm


JACKIE EVANCHO: AN EVENING WITH THE NEW AMERICAN SONGBOOK @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

JOHN MELLENCAMP @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

NJMEA Concert Band @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 3:00pm


THE GREEN PLANET BAND at THOMAS SWEET CAFE! @ THOMAS SWEET CAFE, Skillman - 7:00pm


Michael McDermott @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm

TOSCA @ The Presbyterian Church of Westfield, Westfield - 7:00pm







THEATRE

Mamma Mia! @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 8:00pm

An Enemy Of The People @ Centenary Stage Company - Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Steel Magnolias @ Algonquin Arts Theatre, Manasquan - 8:00pm

Intimate Apparel @ Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood - 8:00pm

The Meeting @ Middletown Arts Center, Middletown - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

My Very Own British Invasion @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 8:00pm

Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical @ George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Fun Home @ Wallace Theater at Lewis Arts Complex, Princeton - 8:00pm

The Sound of Music @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Theo @ Marion Huber Theater @ Two River Theater, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Psychodrama @ Oakes Center, Summit - 8:00pm

Cornerstone Playhouse Presents Almost, Maine @ Cornerstone Playhouse, Sussex - 7:30pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream @ Kean University Wilkins Theatre, Union - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Roan at The Gates @ Luna Stage, West Orange - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Tom Papa @ Victoria Theater @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2019 Screening @ Voorhees Hall #105, New Brunswick - 7:00pm


POETRY

Poetry of Warrior Writers @ Stockton Performing Arts Center (StocktonPAC) in Galloway, Galloway - 4:00pm

View all events










 






















For more on our awards, click here








New Jersey Stage © 2019 by Wine Time Media, LLC | PO Box 140, Spring Lake, NJ 07762 (732) 280-7625 | info@newjerseystage.com

Images used on this site have been sent to us from publicists, artists, and PR firms.
If there is a problem with the rights to any image, please contact us and we will look into the matter.