Jo Schüftan of Horns Up Rocks! recently conducted an interview with former DIVINE HERESY/SNOT and current VEXT singer Tommy “Vext” Cummings. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about his acrimonious April 2008 split with DIVINE HERESY (Cummings reportedly got into an altercation with DIVINE HERESY guitarist Dino Cazares during a live performance), Tommy said, “In respect to Tim [Yeung, then-DIVINE HERESY drummer] and Joe [Payne, then-DIVINE HERESY bassist], we’ve already talked years ago. It was never really like a beef thing or anything. It’s just kind of unfortunate what happened. I called Dino once or twice. We really don’t see eye-to-eye. There are a lot of things that I disagreed with. He’s really hard-headed, I’m really hard-headed; we’re both Latino. It’s just really unfortunate. I learned a lot from that guy. He’s an amazing guitar player. And at the end of the day, we just didn’t fit. It sucks that everything unfolded the way that it did when it could have been like a handshake and, like, ‘Let’s not work together anymore,’ which is what I wish would have happened. That’s kind of the only thing I regret — that we didn’t handle it better, like gentlemen. [Addressing Dino directly] So I’m sorry, buddy. But your last two FEAR FACTORY records were really good, so good for you. [laughs]”
In addition to Cummings, VEXT features guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi and the rhythm section of the now-disbanded MUTINY WITHIN (Andrew Jacobs on bass and Bill Fore on drums).
VEXT‘s debut EP, “Impermanence”, is scheduled for release on July 3.
“Impermanence” track listing:
01. Exit Wounds
02. In The End
The cover artwork of “Impermanence” can be seen below.
Tommy Vext – Vocals
Angel Vivaldi – Guitar
Andrew Jacobs – Bass
Bill Fore – Drums
All copies that are pre-ordered will be autographed by the bandmembers. The EP will also be available on iTunes and many other digital retailers.
These four musicians came together in search of a different sound since they had all been previously involved with more extreme metal projects. How they came to know one another is a quite unconventional.
On the evening of September 19, 2010, Vext was the victim of a brutal attack at his home in Brooklyn. Having suffered severe injuries to his skull, abdomen and an open compound fracture to his left arm, Tommy was rushed to the ER. With medical bills soaring above seventy-five thousand dollars, his friends in the music scene banded together to help raise funds.
Enter Roadrunner recording artists MUTINY WITHIN. “We heard that GOD FORBID was doing a benefit concert for Tommy and when we found out why, we immediately jumped on the bill,” says Jacobs. A few months later, Andrew introduced Tommy to Bill. After seeing Fore perform with the Angel Vivaldi band, it became apparent to Tommy that Angel and Bill were the missing pieces to this new musical effort.