Denver based band Vaux has done their most melodic effort so far with the new album "Beyond virtue,beyond vice",you can draw parallels to posthardcore bands like Story of the year,The Used and Finch but not as screamo. Their sound is built on a distorted bass,drumbeats that drowns in an ocean of cymbals,rough guitars mixed with piano and frontman Quentin James Smith emotional vocals. The new single "Are you with me" is the highlight of these 11 tracks,the band manages to mix the raw with a strong melodic touch in the finest way on this track. The rest are good solid album tracks but no smashes,it opens with "Identity theft" that contains an odd chorus almost with a goth feel and "The last report from" unites the worlds of britpop and emorock in a nice way. The suggestive "Never better" is another fine song that I have become fond of lately,the quality falls a bit at the end of the album with the last 4 tracks which are the weakest ones. I wish it could?ve been more of the good parts coz listening to Vaux new album is like only having foreplay and no intercourse.