Not that long ago, Vesuvius made their debut to the world with their first full length album, My Place Of Solace And Rest! The album came out on May 6 of this year, and it has a very intriguing theme behind it. They said that each song has an emotional crux to it that dwells within each piece. That makes it sound a bit like a Horcrux from Harry Potter, but instead of needing to be destroyed, this needs to be cherished and enjoyed.
Their sound is heavy and strong, and honestly reminds me a lot of Asking Alexandria in their early days or Of Mice And Men in some spots. Something I noticed right away was they're quite dark, and clearly use their music as a way to release negative feelings. Its a great thing, horrible times in an artist's life, tend to lead to the deepest songs, that touch people's souls.
Two songs instantly jumped out at me the second I saw their titles, and I absolutely had to check them out. Those two songs were, "This House Is Not A Home" and "Dear Death."
"This House Is Not A Home", title wise made me think of "Home" from Three Days Grace, but sound wise, was vastly different. From what I was watching, lyrically, it was about searching for something more in life, and hoping for relief. I particularly liked the clean vocals in the song, which sung a monologue geared toward his mother. "Dear mother, where has the sun gone?" Its not a question someone can answer, but its definitely attention grabbing and thought provoking.
As for "Dear Death", it honestly is completely different from all the other tracks. Its a ballad, and almost haunting in a way. It sort of makes you worry about Ben, and just makes you hope he realizes nothing is worth taking your life over. It sounds entirely heart breaking, but its beautiful. I recommend checking this one out, for sure.
This album goes through a lot of emotions and sounds, in a great way. I see Vesuvius going very far. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, and get the album on iTunes! You can catch them on their first US tour right now, and once again I would like to direct you to their Facebook page for tour dates.
Also while you're checking them out, you can check out the interview I did with their frontman, Ben Cooligan!
All reviews have the date they were written, the album title, and the band's name, with the exception of Life Starts Now by Three Days Grace and Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin. Those dates were guessed at, as they were written well before the website began.