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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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4.00 | 61 ratings
Black Future
2009
4.00 | 69 ratings
Outer Isolation
2011
3.98 | 62 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
3.98 | 62 ratings

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Terminal Redux
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Vektor - Terminal Redux (2016)

Vektor is an US technical thrash metal / progressive metal band. I haven't heard another album of this band, but this conceptual space techmetal album caught my eye. I don't listen to anything much louder dan Iron Maiden that often, but I do like Voivod, Devin Townsend's Ziltoid and Pestilence. Vektor has a sound with a bit of every band mentioned here, but more fierce and speed death metal like. Furthermore, the vocals / grunts of David DiSanto are high-pitched and rasping in a way I never heard before. The guitars sound surprisingly mid- ranged for such a heavy record, which spares some room for bass-guitar in the mix.

The album tells the story of a rising ruler in the Cygnus part of space. Aiming for a society that is orderly and endless he first wages war with 'technogenetic' weapons and more traditional space weapons. Ruling with advanced mind control techniques the ruler slowly becomes aware of himself again after being sucked up in his own lifeless mind controlled society. After that he decides to introduce change and transience - knowing it will lead to his own demise and the end of his empire. Life is incomplete without death.

Impressive.. most impressive..

Every track on this seventy minute long 2lp is very technical and well written, but the real gems are in the beginning and the end. Charging The Void (9:11) and Cygnus Terminal (8:15) make up the first side with an endless stream of musical ideas and lyrics that work best together. When listening this album with the lyrics sheet it really 'opens up' so to speak. The music hasn't much space rock sounds, but when you get involved in the story you will start imagining galaxies and mind control devices. On the second and third side of the record the music gets into more 'regular' speed thrash death metal territories and I feel like the songs could have been a bit more concise. Still high quality playing, but it's not THAT easy to listen to seventy minutes of this kind of music. A bit more focus on melody and catchy parts would not hurt here. On side four Vektor treats us with two of the albums best songs. Collapse (9:22) starts of as a ballad type song. Yes it does, with clean vocals that remind me a bit of psych folk. The second part of the song has a lot of melodic death metal parts before being launched into the epic Recharging The Void (13:36) with some added female vocals and a great folky middle section. The lyrics on these two last songs form the philosophical crux of this concept album. The self-conscience and hopeful dive into self-destruction for the greater good makes up a great lyrical sheet for the intense ending.

Conlusion. This music is probably too heavy and intense for most listeners, but I really like this album and I think the concept and the music work well together. Vektor creates an album with moments of true epical proportions and impact. It requires six listens (ast least one with lyrics) to get into it, but it's more then worth it for me! In this niche of progressive / metal music this one of the best albums ever made I guess. Four stars, but I might come back to add another star later.

It's full of stars..

 Terminal Redux by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 62 ratings

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Terminal Redux
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Terminal Redux" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US thrash metal act Vektor. The album was released through Earache Records in May 2016. One major change has happened since the release of "Outer Isolation (2011)" as the band have moved from Tempe, Arizona to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The lineup has remained the same though, so no changes there. Vektor was formed in 2003 under the Locrian monicker, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004. After releasing some demos the band signed to Heavy Artillery Records for the release of their debut full-length studio album "Black Future (2009)", which almost immediately earned them underground fame and success. A success they followed up in 2011 with their sophomore studio album "Outer Isolation".

Stylistically the material on "Terminal Redux" pretty much continues down the same sci-fi themed technical/progressive thrash metal path as the material on the two predecessors. The band are very well playing, delivering their parts with great precision and skill. Fast-paced and heavy drum parts, thrashy riffs and well played guitar solos, and David DiSantoīs high pitched screaming vocals in front. Itīs not easy listening vers/chorus material either, but instead structurally complex and very adventurous tracks, which generally require more than one spin to sink in. But again thatīs nothing new if youīre familiar with the two predecessors.

What is new compared to the two predecessors is the use of clean vocals on the two closing tracks "Collapse" and "Recharging The Void". The latter even features some semi-operatic female vocals. The opening track "Charging The Void" also features something new in a choir section, which leads my thoughts toward Devin Townsend and his wall of sound vocal approach. So Vektor have developed some parts of their sound, but theyīve (for the most part) maintained their aggressive thrash metal authenticity. Itīs like listening to a combination of "The Sound of Perseverance (1998)"-era Death, late 80s/early 90s Voivod, and some of the mid- to late 80s albums by the German thrash metal triumvirate of Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction. Iīd say itīs slightly more melodic and progressive this time around, but itīs details and if you enjoyed the first two albums by Vektor, this one should probably make you happy too.

"Terminal Redux" features a well sounding production, and the musicianship is also of high class on all posts, so upon conclusion the album is yet another high quality release by Vektor. If I have to mention a couple of minor issues, it would be that the tracks are generally a bit too long and that 73:21 minutes is also too long a playing time for the album. If Vektor hadnīt opted to put "Collapse" and "Recharging The Void" (which are two of the most different and varied tracks on the album) at the end of the tracklist, my attention might have begun to wander. So while "Terminal Redux" certainly is a very impressive release, there is still room for improvement in the songwriting department. More conscise material, a few more hooks, and a shorter playing time could have done the trick (less is more). But donīt misunderstand me here, because those are minor issues, and overall "Terminal Redux" is still a very interesting and adventurous release, delivered by skilled musicians and a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

 Terminal Redux by VEKTOR album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.98 | 62 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
3.98 | 62 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
3.98 | 62 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 | 69 ratings

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Outer Isolation
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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
4.00 | 61 ratings

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Black Future
Vektor Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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
4.00 | 61 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 | 69 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
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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.

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