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VEKTOR is a thrash metal act from Tempe Arizona. Ever since their formation in 2002, the band has been striving to employ a combination of virtuosity and unique sounds in order to make their own mark on the thrash metal genre.
The band began their journey with a series of demo releases followed by the "Demolition" EP in 2006.

It was around that time a stable lineup came into place with the two founding members David DISANTO on guitar/vocals, Erik NELSON on guitar, backed up by Frank CHIN on bass and Blake ANDERSON on drums.
After four years of local and regional performances as the opening act for bands like TESTAMENT, HIRAX, ICED EARTH and MUNICIPAL WASTE, VEKTOR hit the road for their first national tour alongside label mates EXMORTUS in support of the band's first full length release "Black Future" in December 2009.

"Black Future" is a pretty original piece of music especially by thrash metal standards. 3 out of its 9 compositions reach beyond the 10-minute mark, clearly hinting at the band's progressive tendencies. If you enjoy your progressive rock with a touch of tradition Thrash Metal then look no further!

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3.99 | 60 ratings
Black Future
2009
4.00 | 65 ratings
Outer Isolation
2011
4.04 | 54 ratings
Terminal Redux
2016

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3.05 | 3 ratings
Demolition
2006

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 Terminal Redux by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.04 | 54 ratings

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Terminal Redux
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Vektor took some five years to polish their sound after releasing the excellent Outer Isolation, and I think it really shows here, with their efforts yielding a substantial improvement in their sound. In particular, the compositions allow for a bit more variation in tone, so it's not all screaming, shrieky blackened thrash metal all the time (David DiSanto even engages in some conventional clean singing at one point). With each studio album Vektor seem to get better and better, and Terminal Redux continues that upward trajectory admirably. I sincerely hope it doesn't take five more years for the followup to come out, because Vektor seem at the top of their game right now.
 Terminal Redux by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.04 | 54 ratings

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Terminal Redux
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by RuntimeError

5 stars Vektor perfected their style and released the best thrash metal album of all time.

I have never been a big fan of the so called 'Thrash Metal' but somehow Vektor can keep this style interesting. The style is basically the same as from the 2 previous albums but with better production, better riffs and better songwriting.

This, like the previous releases take some time to get into. At first the songs seem like a mess since the riffs, tempos and beats vary very quickly. The vocals are 'horrible' as well, so get used to them! But once you have listened to the album a couple of times, the passages seem more clear and the vocals fit the music quite fantastically.

This is a concept album so the songs are fitted with each other quite well. The two opening songs: 'Charging the Void' and 'Cygnus Terminal' open the album superbly. The power and energy that the band delivers is unmatched by any band that I know of. The riffs drive the songs onwards, going to quick breaks and finally to climaxes.

The style presented in the first two songs is pretty much continued through the album. It's a very loud record and the middle section is the weakest part of the album. However the last two songs; 'Collapse' and 'Recharding the Void' punish you with the proggiest work Vektor have done yet. 'Collapse' features beautiful clean passages and much more melodic approach to the riffs. 'Recharging the Void' is quite possibly the best track on the album, as the songwriting is very strong here. This is the most coherent track I would argue. There are no unnecessary tempo changes and the riffs are very melodic and the guitar solo around 5 minute mark is gorgeous. Funnily enough the album ends with some Pink Floyd type of clean vocal/female choir passage that is very beautiful as the album concept has reached its end, it bursts into melodic riffing and beautiful lead guitar work. The final 6 minutes of the album is just so good that you have to listen to it yourself.

 Terminal Redux by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.04 | 54 ratings

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Terminal Redux
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by eliunger

5 stars Vektor is thrash band that incorporates prog elements into their music as well as the singing style of legendary death metal singer Chuck Schuldiner. They sound like if Chuck Shuldiner was in Megadeth meets Voivod. They have lyrics that are science fiction themed through their discography, which makes it amazing. They sound thrash and progressive in their three albums they have released. They use elements of thrash and prog; it does not over power one from the other. In this album, the order of which the tracks where placed flows to the next to and makes the next track work even well than the previous one, which some albums do not do.

The riffs on the album take you back to the heavy thrash metal of the 80's, which sound really cool. The singing style is in the style of the band Death that might be turn of for some people it sounds like screaming to some people. Can't wait to hear the next Vektor album because their prog style is really intriguing and they sound like a leader in the progressive thrash metal campus. This album from start to finish is really progressive and is from start to finish an amazing peace of work Hope to see how they progressive over the next albums.

 Outer Isolation by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 65 ratings

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Outer Isolation
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars VEKTOR caught the attention of the metal world with their brilliant debut 'Black Future' which incorporated thrash metal at its most energetic and added a whole bunch of twists and turns all dressed up with Voivod inspired science fiction themes. On their second full release (i'm not counting Demolition) they show they aren't just a one album band and that they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves and more energy to unleash at breakneck speeds while taking full command of the progressive moodswings. OUTER ISOLATION is another brilliant album that doesn't really differ substantially from the debut.

The style is exactly what you would expect and VEKTOR simply gives more of what they did so well the first time around. We are treated to the dual guitar onslaught of proggy chord and tempo changes while David DiSanto shrieks his unique vocal hybrid that combines the operatic aspects of traditional metal with the shrieks and growls associated with black and death metal. A vocal effect that is very effective with this kind of intensity. Once again this second winner falls short of being in the category of masterpiece, but definitely fits the bill of an extremely solid release that rewards multiple listens and satisfies that extreme tech metal itch time and time again.

 Black Future by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 60 ratings

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Black Future
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars VEKTOR successfully delivers an interesting brand of technical thrash metal in the new millennium by fusing the elements of not only the thrash bands that came before but by also incorporating other styles of metal ranging from traditional, death and blackened varieties. They take what they've heard before and progressively blend it all together and hone their virtuosic delivery making one of the more interesting thrash bands i've encountered in quite a while. Although they have been compared to the tech thrash band Voivod and rightfully so, since both their logo and subject matter is similar in the sci-fi world, the music itself does not sound similar.

VEKTOR employ a ruthless and brutal delivery of extreme metal that means business. Quiet and melodic moments occur and when they do they have full command of the slow and melancholy. VEKTOR have mastered the art of progressive rock in all its mood changes and applied it to a thrash metal context, something that is highly demanding and rarely accomplished in such an epic fashion. This is one of those albums that warrants multiple listens both on the lyrical and musical fronts.

There are many 5 star moments on this album but overall there are some parts that drag a little too much for me and keep this from being an outright masterpiece. This is, however, an excellent debut album that I have been trying to get at a reasonable price for some time and now that it has been reprinted and released again it should be a lot easier to acquire. Looking forward to more from this exciting sophisticated band.

 Black Future by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 60 ratings

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Black Future
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars As with the subsequent Outer Isolation, Vektor's Black Future finds the band spicing up their technical thrash metal with influences from black metal here and there. In fact, as the more monochromatic and uninviting cover art suggests, the black metal influence on their music is a little bit more prominent this time around, showing up more not only in the guitar solos but also in some of David Disanto's lead vocals, which tend towards bestial shrieks a little more than on Outer Isolation to my reckoning. Still, what the later album lacks in ferocity it makes up for with polish, which in the case of this particular fusion means it pips Black Future to the post. Jump on this if you really, really love Outer Isolation.
 Outer Isolation by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 65 ratings

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Outer Isolation
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Thrash has always been considered one of the more stringent sub-genres of metal when it comes to trademarks, thus you don't see a whole slew of thrash bands qualifying as "progressive". That being said, Vektor tosses constraints to the wind and successfully outclasses the vast majority of the numerous thrash revival bands by fully embracing progressive aspects utilized in particular by Voivod (just look at the band's logo to see the obvious influence), certain German thrash bands and some of the more technical early death metal acts while somehow residing within the zones of what would constitute a thrash metal band. The combination of these elements and quality songwriting merge admirably enough to earn respect as one of the more original recently formed extreme metal bands out there whose content is worth numerous repeated listens.

I mention 'quality songwriting' because it's something a decent portion of the more technically astute can sometimes forget when writing music. So much focus and attention is awarded to fleet-fingered wizardry and machine gun drumming that more than a few acts to my ears sound like little more than a bunch of arpeggio scales and sweeps played at breakneck speed over consistent blast-beats. That gets old real fast, possibly somewhere around the second song or so. This album, though, is chock full of fine riffs and song structures that don't feel disjointed, random or aimless. The riffs themselves pinball between consonant and dissonant chord progressions that retain a sort of catchy melodic pattern, much like Voivod circa Killing Technology, with an added flair of both progression and aggression, in that blast beats do appear on occasion, but really don't make up the basis for the album's tempo, which leans towards Slayer-esque pacing (I know, what a strange term).

Production-wise, Outer Isolation is mixed expertly in retaining a sci-fi mood that doesn't sterilize the overall sound of the instruments, but focuses more on clarity than heaviness, which in this case works in providing a cold clinical sound while upholding an organic flair to the instrumentation. Guitar solos jut in and out on occasion, and while impressive enough, remain secondary to the rhythm progressions themselves, which can be busy as all hell at times and yet memorable.

Vocally we're dealing with a guy who seems determined to lose his capacity to speak before he reaches his inevitable mid-life crisis. It's basically a throat shredding rasp that possesses some black elements, but actually resembles something more akin to the German thrash scene, such as Destruction's album The Antichrist or possibly a younger male sibling to Sabine from Holy Moses. Screechy, but not to ridiculous levels that would turn off more straightforward thrash metal fans. He's not my favorite vocalist for sure, but it somehow fits well with the music, in which the guitars carry the melody while the vocals add another layer of rhythm.

You know, when I first heard of the band and saw their logo, I almost wrote them off before even giving them a chance as some Voivod ripoff. Then I reminded myself how much I dig Voivod, and how there's plenty of worse acts to emulate, so I gave Vektor a shot and was fully impressed at how original this group resounded. They actually have obtained a presence of their own by harnessing some influences and melding them into something new while enhancing their sound by focusing moreso on songcraft than histrionics. Within the confines of a genre so well defines by 80's standards, that's saying something.

 Outer Isolation by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 65 ratings

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Outer Isolation
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kluseba

4 stars After an already promising first strike, Vektor make another step forward with the release of their second professional full length output.

The band focuses even more on their technical qualities and a strong progressive touch in their music that have some similarities to many famous progressive extreme metal bands such as Absu, Opeth or Voivod. Especially the calm and introspective songs like "Venus Project" create a chilling contrast on this record to the wilder and spacier tracks such as the amazing "Fast Paced Society" or the great album closer and worthy title track "Outer Isolation". The only weaker tracks are in the beginning of the record as they are rather traditional straight forward blackened thrash metal songs that don't exploit the whole talent and creativity of this promising band.

Musically, there are a lot of positive elements to discover on this record. The vocals have improved since the last record and sound more controlled and yet diversified. The singer always convinces when he experiments a little bit with his voice as in the album highlight "Fast Paced Society" that sounds a lot like Voivod. In general, the vocals sound blackened but sometimes also quite spacey and vary from wild and somewhat repetitive shrieks to great and energizing blackened thrash vocals.

The guitars are simply amazing on this album. They deliver us sharp and simple riffs that you won't forget but also quite strange and discordant sounds that fit the lyrical topics in an excellent way. The riffs are always atmospheric and create a lot of images in my mind, especially in the calm or mid-tempo instrumental passages.

The bass guitar is very dominant on the record which is a very positive thing and adds a dark and uneasy feeling to the entire sound complex of the Arizonan band. Even though the bass guitar fits to the drum patterns and the weird guitar riffs, the sound of the instrument is quite distinctive and has an original touch. I would like to listen to more metal bands that use the sound of a bass guitar in such a great way as Vektor know to do.

The drumming is also flawless on this album and varies a lot without using too many blast beats. From pitiless speed rhythms in the thrash passages to tribal sections in some song introductions or the use of cymbals in the calmer and progressive tones and middles parts of the tunes, this record includes a whole variety of different techniques and manages to never get boring on one side but also to not sound too head struck and technical on the other side.

In the end, this is a very solid record from a technical and creative point of view. The only thing that I criticize are the first three songs that can't keep up with the amazing rest and the fact that the band failed to write a catchy killer track that really stands out and might be easier to approach than the rest. This album requests a lot of concentration, patience and time but is worth to be discovered. If the band manages to write a hit and leave out the simple thrash tracks in the beginning of their records, they might soon create a masterpiece and get the attention and feedback they already deserve from the metal scene to play in one league or take the heritage of Absu, Voivod and the other big names.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on February 26th of the year 2012.

 Black Future by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 60 ratings

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Black Future
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kluseba

4 stars Vektor is without a doubt a band with a whole lot of potential. From a technical point of view, they are very talented and also diversified. The problem is that they don't have a quite unique sound and remind me of many other bands.

The first couple of tracks that kick off this record in a rather weak and closed minded pattern have a traditional thrash and black metal vibe that make me think of Slayer or Venom without reaching the originality of these two brands that defined the metal scene thirty years ago or so.

The more progressive tracks as well as many lyrics are clearly influenced by Voivod while the melodic guitar solos have a touch of Iron Maiden. The first great tracks are the calmer and atmospheric songs like the slow and slightly soft experiment "Destroying The Cosmos" or "Forests Of Legend". When the band reaches this kind of quality in the song writing, one doesn't care about the fact that they stole some ideas from here and there but this song is rather a very positive exception on this record. These two tracks are full of breathtaking changes, great melodies and energizing blackened thrash vocals.

The last couple of tracks like "Dark Nebula" are though the best ones on this output make me think of the best works of Absu. The epic final track "Accelerating Universe" never gets too boring in over thirteen minutes of running time and shows the whole creativity of the band. These four tracks leave me wanting more and prove that the strong side of the band is clearly their progressive approach and they just need some time to innovate their very own style in this genre to become a true new legend. The other five tracks are good but definitely not very outstanding in my humble opinion.

This band is inspired by many great artists that all fit together and give this record a great flow but they still fail to invent something new. If you already know the mentioned bands above than the only good reason to check this first strike of the Arizonan band out would be the fact that you really like the genre and want to listen this kind of music and filling a gap while you wait for a new record coming from Absu or Voivod for example. The potential is though definitely there, the album is a grower and I will soon try out the band's brand new second try after this promising discovery.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on February 25th of the year 2012.

 Black Future by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.99 | 60 ratings

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Black Future
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by VanVanVan
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4 stars I've never been a huge fan of thrash metal as a genre. I struggle to get through even the most well-received Metallica albums and even the legendary Voivod has left me cold in the past. With that in mind, I wasn't sure what to expect upon first checking Vektor out, but I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised. This music has gotten through to me in a way that very little thrash metal in the past has been able to.

However, don't expect too much of a crossover sound from this album; it's still very much an extreme thrash album. There isn't a single clean vocal to be found, and while there are nods to other styles, probably a good 90% of the album features heavy, lightning fast riffing and thundering blast beats. That said, a combination of excellent composition and the sheer ferocity with which these musicians attack the music keeps this interesting for me far longer than most other thrash bands have been able to.

The title track comes out guns blazing, with a chugging riff aided by some spectacular drumming. The band does a really nice job of varying the sound even while sticking to the same basic pattern, which makes for a nice introductory section for the track. It's not until the vocals come in, however, that the song really gets into full gear. Ridiculously technical guitar riffing and percussion back up the aggressive vocals perfectly, giving the track a very high intensity level without ever coming off as needlessly show-offy. Additionally, the band never sticks with one motif for too long, but everything flows very well and the song doesn't sound overly busy.

"Oblivion" begins with a brief drum solo before launching into a dual-guitar riff that comes off as almost surprisingly melodic. After the two instruments play off one another for a few moments it's back to speed metal riffing, but Vektor prove once again that they have a talent for taking the standard tricks of the genre and making them sound decidedly nonstandard. Riffs morph and blend together and blistering speed, giving the song a surprisingly fluid in a genre that so often gets caught up in a mechanical sound. An instrumental section in the middle of the track only adds to this impression, with a brief foray into a slower, almost gothic section giving the track quite a bit of extra ambience.

"Destroying the Cosmos" starts off on a completely different note, with jangly, psychedelic guitar playing melodically over swirling electronics and ambient cymbal sounds. It's an awesome opening that gives the riffs a bit of extra punch when they re-enter, and the style is reprised later in the song as well to great effect. This is truly thrash-metal that exceeds its genre, something that another surprisingly melodic guitar solo towards the end of the track also affirms.

"Forests of Legend" delves into epic territory, with a 10-minute run time and a variety of styles ensuring the song is far from just your standard thrash fare. With another spectacular, haunting guitar intro that almost reminds the listener of classical guitar, the song sets up a killer ambience very quickly before launching into another extremely harsh section. The vocals attain a level of rawness that I've rarely heard in the past, with the singer's passion coming through very clearly in his harsh shrieks and growls. Musically, the song sounds like a combination of Atheist and Opeth (though this is probably a little more frenetic than both of them), with lightning riffs interspersed with melodic guitar fills. Ultimately, it's that juxtaposition that makes the song so good: I'm not sure if I could have taken full speed guitar riffs for the entire 10 minutes, but the seamless integration of other sounds leaves "Forests of Legend" feeling anything but tiresome, and in fact it ends up coming off as a complete tour- de-force of a song. The melodic, neo-classical guitar at the end is a especially of note, giving the track a nice sense of circularity relating back to the beginning section.

"Hunger For Violence" is another interesting one, with some ominous, almost spooky guitar parts beginning the track before delving into a more standard thrash sound. That's not to say it's bad by any means, though, as Vektor still brings a level of intensity to the track that's extremely impressive. I can't help but admire the precision of the playing as well: to play as fast as they do as precisely as they do must be no small feat. Additionally, there's a slightly slower section in the middle with down-pitched vocals approximating a more classic death metal sound. A lightning fast instrumental section follows and should leave every fan of shredding satisfied. However, there's a lot for your standard prog metal fan to enjoy as well, with extreme technicality and more motif changes then you can shake a stick at.

"Deoxyribonucleic Acid" kicks off with one of my favorite riffs on the album. With a sinister, minor key sound and dark sci-fi lyrics to match, "DNA" is a particularly menacing song that still doesn't fall into the trap of relying on sheer aggression to succeed. There's a ton of musical sophistication here as well, with themes blending and flowing together without ever letting the song's intensity subside. If "Forests of Legend" was the band moving outside of the thrash genre, "DNA" is them sitting firmly in it and showing they can still kick some serious tail.

"Asteroid" falls much into the same vein as the title track, with riffs that are meticulous in their pounding intensity and a seemingly never-ending onslaught of guttural shrieks, wails and growls courtesy of the vocalist. While that may sound decidedly unpleasant to some, in my opinion the sheer gusto with which this group approaches their music makes it enjoyable. Of course, as with all the music on this album, the performance chops and compositional skill are on full display here as well, with nary a boring or slow moment throughout the song's nearly 7 minute duration.

Two long tracks close out the album, with "Dark Nebula" being the first. Starting off with a brief electronic drone before introducing a shredding guitar part over some low, rumbling chords, the song wastes no time in introducing vocals and a variety of guitar fills. "Dark Nebula" shows an excellent sense of pacing as well, with a slightly slower tempo resulting in a much less frenetic feel than some of the other tracks. As this is another 10 minute song, that ends up playing a huge role in the listenability of the song, as it helps "Dark Nebula" come off as measured and deliberate rather than merely hyper and overambitious. There's an excellent instrumental section in the middle of the track as well, with wavering electronics and minor key guitars creating an atmosphere that's highly reminiscent (as goofy as the comparison is) of the old Metroid games. The end of the track brings vocals back and drops the tempo slowly, letting the song slowly fold in on itself until it finally ends with a single distorted guitar drone.

"Accelerating Universe" wastes no time before launching into a slightly downtempo riff that is developed upon for a little while before morphing into a full-speed, galloping guitar part. It's over this that vocals come in, with the singer attaining new heights in his screams and the band playing as quickly and furiously as they have anywhere on the album. However, the band shakes things up considerably by including a heavily electronic, almost ambient section in the middle of the track. It's quite impressively done and it gives the track an incredible amount of depth, especially when it transitions into a melodic, mostly acoustic section which itself slowly develops back into a heavy riffing section that closes out the song and album. The compositional sophistication on display is astounding, and presents final proof (as if it was needed at this point) that Vektor is far from simply another thrash band.

Overall, then, this is a very good album, especially for those who are looking for a bit more ferocity in their progressive metal. Those looking for delicate melodies or extensive genre- hopping won't find what they're looking for here, but for those who love the extreme Vektor should provide a great listen. Though the album runs a bit overlong in my opinion, it's a stellar release and an excellent addition to the collection of any extreme progressive metal fan.

4/5

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