Vacant Stare were the hot topic back in the early 2000s. You couldn’t be exposed to UK rock music and not know who they were. They seemed to be on every bill on every major rock show up and down the country and the release of their one and only album ‘Vindication’ was a landmark release for any fan of heavy music.
Released through Copro Records back when it wasn’t completely inactive, Vindication was (and still is) one of the best nu-metal albums to ever see the light of day. Consistent, heavy, anthemic with plenty of electronic flair; it was the sound of a generation.
Then it all went a bit pear-shaped. Talks of major label interest seemed like things were on the up for the Vacant Stare boys and then suddenly they were no more. Their story echoes label-mates earthtone9 (exept for the reforming part) and was enormously gutting for anyone who had stuck with them.
Vindication is now 10 years old and I actually can’t believe it. This was a seminal record for me and one that introduced me to rock and metal. Raise a glass for Vindication and never forget your heroes; music is forever!