Sunday 5 April 2020

Review: VEDIC - Vedic

VEDIC is a hard rock/heavy metal band from Philaelphia influenced by variety of different styles. The band has been together for a few years, but in March this year they put out their debut self-titled EP.

It could easily be said that VEDIC plays progressive rock with elements of heavy metal/hard rock and extreme take on the prog metal genre, and fans of likes such Death, Mastodon, Opeth and Metallica are apt to find something familiar in their sound. Tracks generally consist of simple dominating metal chord patterns with more complex underlying melodies. Instead of focusing on technical musicianship, each track of Vedic attempts to evoke a certain mood or feeling – and it does this quite well. Most tracks revolve around a central musical theme, but they manage to repeat themselves without feeling repetitive. Though the music is never too heavy or too relaxed, it still manages to span a wide range of musical styles, with tracks that are equal parts dark, calm, angry and passionate. It is vibrant with emotional quality, and the music is very refined – Vedic certainly has a high production quality, and the members of VEDIC know how to complement each other well.

That is, in fact, Vedic’s greatest strength. The music and the vocals suit each other very well, and combine to create the emotional experience that is the album’s best quality. 

Ultimately, this EP is very well made for what it is. While those who prefer more complex melodies won’t find it enthralling, it is clear that VEDIC’s members are quite talented, and the simple nature of the music is more of a stylistic choice than an indicator of poor musicianship. Vedic left quite a good impression on me. It is subdued but expressive, with little technicality but a lot of feeling.

Order the EP from Bandcamp.

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