|Review: Vektor - Black Future|
Label: Heavy Artillery
Year released: 2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.04/5 (80.8%) (25 Votes)
Vektor are a band from Arizona of all places making a potent variety of proggy Thrash Metal. Now, when I hear "proggy" I think "music that never gets to the point", but that is really not the case here, as this is some powerfully enjoyable stuff. Vektor are obviously way into classic bands like old Voivod and Destruction, and this show through in their powerful attack.
If I had to pick one band Vektor remind me of, it would be Anacrusis, as this is a similar brand of riffy but sprawling music that avoids clichéd songwriting but is still undeniably Thrash. I like how Vektor have managed to become more complex without becoming wanky or dragging in a bunch of jazz shit like Cynic. The riffs here are tight and galloping, with tons of little flourishes added on to make it impossible to predict what will happen next. Vektor never settle into any kind of groove or recognizable song structure, and yet they never become boring in the slightest, as they keep the energy level way up and the aggression on full blast. Vocalist David Disanto helps a lot with this, as he has a venomous shriek that would not sound out of place on a Black Metal album, and yet stylistically he never veers far from a genuine Thrash sound. On repeated listens I did wish this were a bit more focused, but I can't say this album isn't a blast of pure Thrash joy, because it is. Fans of really technical metal like Atheist will probably like this even more than I do. Check it out.
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