Dr. Fisting

Vektor_Terminal ReduxArizona thrashers Vektor hold a special place in my cold black heart, as their previous album Outer Isolation was one of my very first reviews for this esteemed website. Crazy to think that that was five years ago, and crazier still is that Vektor has not released any new music in that half-decade — practically an eternity in today’s climate of short attention spans and equally short tour/record/tour cycles. Fortunately, Vektor has finally rewarded their fans’ patience with a lengthy, almost impossibly dense record called Terminal Redux.

Wasting no time whatsoever on introductions, Vektor dives in at the deep end with the 9-minute “Charging The Void.” If this track is any indication, the band’s Voivod-meets-Watchtower-in-zero-gravity approach remains intact. This song is insanely complex harmonically and structurally, and the Devin Townsend-esque alien backing vocals are a nice touch as well. “Cygnus Terminal” is another dizzying array of space metal, slightly more downtempo but no less progressive. “LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)” opens with a lengthy section of guitar tapping madness, leading to an impossibly fast thrash riff and some neo-classical touches here and there.

At this point in the album, a few stray observations: The first three songs are 9, 8, and 7 minutes long respectively, proving that Vektor is nothing if not committed. Also, vocalist/guitarist David DiSanto has scaled back on his piercing falsetto this time around, preferring to let his mid-range rasp do most of the heavy lifting (see also: Tom Araya post-Reign In Blood). This, combined with a slightly fuller production, makes for a listening experience that is more pleasing to the ears than Outer Isolation, while losing absolutely nothing in the aggression department.

After a few slightly shorter tracks, the black metal-tinged “Psychotropia” continues the assault of 7-minute-plus epics, with a section of solo tradeoffs that allow bassist Frank Chin to take the spotlight briefly. The clean guitar intro to “Pillars of Sand” offers a brief moment of respite, before leading into more thrash insanity and, eventually, one of the best hooks on the record.

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Then we come to “Collapse,” which will undoubtedly be a point of debate in an album otherwise devoid of huge stylistic departures. This almost-ballad features DiSanto’s first foray into melodic singing (spoiler: he does alright) and some languid, jazzy soloing by lead guitarist Erik Nelson. “Collapse” is far too weird to be seen as a pandering or commercial move, but introducing those elements is still a bold move on Vektor‘s part, and I commend them for it.

The album ends on a truly batshit crazy note with “Recharging The Void” (not to be confused with the opening track). At nearly 14 minutes long, this one’s got it all — neo-classical noodling, furious thrash, more clean vocals, some sections that border on power metal, and even some female oohs and aahs during the song’s soft middle section. This track alone contains more tasty bits than some bands’ entire careers, and is an achievement the band should be proud of.

Like their two previous records, Terminal Redux is less about individual songs than an overall style and feel, with occasional standout riffs and parts. The 73-minute run time is not for the faint of heart, but the dedicated among you will hardly find fault with having more new Vektor to listen to. Time has proven Vektor to be one of very few retro-minded thrash bands that have anything original to offer, and Terminal Redux merely cements the band’s status among the current elite.

Rating: Great


Luke Saunders

Vektor2Back in 2011 Philadelphia’s progressive thrashers Vektor rocked my world with their spectacular Outer Isolation album, raising the bar for modern thrash in the process. The Voivodian inspired yet still fiercely original sound the band cultivated on their second album stands as one of my favorite metal releases in recent memory and remains a landmark thrash album in the post millennium era. Big call, but I stand by it. Using the intervening years constructively Vektor finally return strapped with a fully fledged sci-fi concept album on third opus, Terminal Redux. The high concept themes and elaborate construction of this 73 minute whopper are handled with meticulous care, featuring the explosive thrills and twists of the finest sci-fi blockbuster films. Aside from the extra thematic complexities, the basic ingredients of the Vektor sound are here in all their sophisticated glory. Acrobatic, high velocity thrash riffs, technical wizardry and knotty arrangements collide with eclectic experimentation and a strong progressive undertow, with vocalist/guitarist David DiSanto’s distinctive screechy rasp cutting through.

The painstaking work behind the scenes writing the album, performing such challenging material and concocting the elaborate story-line has resulted in DiSalvo and co pushing their impressive musical skills to the extreme, harnessing a stronger emotional connection and intensity from the band. Although Vektor plunges deeper into the progressive pool than ever before while flexing their supreme technical muscles, they remain a thrash band at heart, amplifying this point through every brain-melting cut. The songs are insane in the best possible way; fluid, complex and unpredictable, composed with Krang-like brainpower and solidified with memorable songwriting and impeccably tight musicianship. Whether it be the wacky tech break during the blisteringly brilliant “LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)” or the female soul singers adding a serene touch to batshit crazy closer “Recharging the Void,” Vektor constantly keeps the listener guessing.

“Charging the Void” opens proceedings with furious rapid fire riffing and satellite scrambling technicality wedged into a dramatic and complex structure. The layered clean chants backed by frenetic blast beats rising at the song’s peak provides the first genuine surprise of an album full of them. Elsewhere, brain scrambling songs such as the labyrinthine prog-thrash and evocative melodies on the ridiculously complicated “Cygnus Terminal” are artfully balanced against thrashed-up rippers “Ultimate Artificer” and “Pteropticon.” The latter is a pure Vektor balls-to-the-wall thrasher boasting excellent riffs, delightfully speedy tempos and solos ripped from the classic Slayer playbook, albeit shimmering with a futuristic sheen. DiSanto and fellow axeman Erik Nelson deliver performances worthy of the thrash history books, backed by the beastly technical drumming of Blake Anderson and solid low-end of bassist Frank Chin.

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Denser than a brick of triple chocolate fudge and featuring more layers than an oversized onion, Terminal Redux is an exhausting ride that’s difficult to comprehend. However patience and multiple listens reaps plentiful rewards and despite the relentless pace and over-the-top technicality, these aspects rarely come at the expense of memorable songwriting and overall cohesion. The riffs are invigorating, catchy and perfectly warped, while the band flash their adventurous chops, especially on the bizarro final two cuts. “Collapse” is a delightful mashup, part prog balladry, part chugging metal anthem, part strange headtrip, it somehow gels and DiSalvo’s understated clean vocals fit the part surprisingly well.

Aside from the exhaustive length, significant chinks in the Vectonaut armory are virtually impossible to detect. If I’m stretching, DiSalvo’s excellent vocals remain an acquired taste and the wildly adventurous ride may prove too much for your average thrasher. And perhaps it’s silly to gripe about the brevity of a track on such a mammoth opus, but instrumental “Mountains Above the Sun” offers welcome breathing space and interesting ideas before abruptly ending just as it comes to life. In reality these points are merely petty nitpicks. Terminal Redux also sports a fantastic, well balanced production, sounding slick, robust and heavy, with the bass even getting a piece of the action. It falls a couple of dynamic range points short of perfection but is excellent nonetheless.

Overall, Terminal Redux is a momentous, richly detailed space opera for thrash enthusiasts and prog nerds alike. Vektor showed the balls to take some pretty big risks during this daring endeavor and the pay off was well worth it. Is it too long? Probably, but with songwriting so consistently compelling the slight bloating doesn’t diminish the end product much at all. Admirable in ambition and nearly flawless in execution, Terminal Redux is a wildly imaginative journey through a wormhole into another dimension of hi-tech thrash excellence. Don’t miss this epic masterpiece.


Rating: 4.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 256 kbps mp3
Label: Earache Records
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May 6th, 2016

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  • I have that same Kreator shirt

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Best thrash album since… Outer Isolation. Revocation had a few shots, but they are playing in the kiddie pool of new millennium thrash compared to Vektor. They are the best thrash band in the scene, bar absolutely none. Black Future, Outer Isolation and Terminal Redux are the unholy trinity of progressive technical thrash. Absolutely immaculate discography.

    • San Eutocio

      Talking about Immaculate…
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmDE4csWY7o

      • Love the Lethal cover in your avatar.

        • San Eutocio

          and who cannot love this album?

          Again, talking ab out fast technical thrash. Immaculate did a great job as well on this album.

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Ha, good catch! Immaculate are alright.

    • Lasse Momme

      I seriously get fucking goose bumps listening to this shit. I mean, fucking christ, they are so far ahead of the rest of the pack it’s almost laughable and sad at the same time.

    • jolly cooperation

      Guys from Revocation lean more towards death metal than thrash so I woulnd’t compare them to Vektor. Both are among the best modern bands though.

      • Name’s Dalton

        Thank you. I was growing increasingly exasperated as I kept reading comments from readers slagging Revocation for what amounts to not having the temerity to have written this here album that has been so glowingly reviewed and that I will be purchasing sound unheard. So yeah, thanks.

  • This album is insane!

    • Pacal

      This band is cuckoobananas this is their most bonkers work yet!

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    I am absolutely struggling with this album, and I’m completely caught off guard I’m the only one.

    I like their style just fine, I like the riffs, I like the weird and the high vocals… but it is just a slog getting through the album to me.

    What am I missing?

    • Patience?

      • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

        Eh, the new Oranssi Pazuzu album is long too, no problems there.

        I think fairly, that I don’t enjoy thrash, and I think I really like everything Vektor is doing… I just have a problem with that genre, I really like it for a single song or two… and then I’m over it.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          :(

    • RuySan

      I had the same problem with the previous album. I liked the sound, but in the long run the album bored me.

      But these guys have the best cover arts. Just look at that. I want my apartment walls plastered with that.

  • Dr. A.N. Grier

    Two awesome reviews. One kickass album.

  • Diego Molero

    This is really good but I don’t think is THAT good, I mean, only last year there were two thrash records that I liked more than this one (“Deeper Than Sky” and “This Ruined World”, and yes they are different but still are thrash). But to be fair this is my first time with the record and with Vektor overall, maybe it will grow on me.
    P.S: I’m still not over it with Trials breaking up :( don’t you have any other project in the works, if I may ask, Dr. F?

    • André Snyde Lopes

      As a big fan of Deeper Than Sky (my AOTY last year) I honestly can’t tell you which is better…

      • Diego Molero

        Yeah, I know you loved that record, I was even going to ask you wich one do you like more, now I (kinda) have the answer.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          DTS has had a year to sink in so it’s not really fair to compare the two right now but if I had to guess, I’d say Vektor as a very good chance of ending in the same spot in this year’s top 10 list as Vhol did in last year’s.

          • Diego Molero

            Fair enough. I’ll ask you again at the end of the year then.

    • Dr_Fisting

      Hey, thanks! And yes, I do have a new project, although it’s not quite thrash. Go on facebook and check out Black Sites.

      • Diego Molero

        Ohh I will, ASAP. Thanks Doc!!

        • Dr_Fisting

          www. facebook. com / blacksites

          • Diego Molero

            Great, liked the page already and looking forward to hear some music!

          • Dr_Fisting

            Thank you, I appreciate it!

    • San Eutocio

      Trials split up? What a shame :( I did enjoyed a lot this ruined world.

  • Not a big fan of Thrash metal either (like dur dur) but I love this new album. One of the best of the year so far. I think that might be their masterpiece.

  • Lasse Momme

    It’s so wonderful to have so cripplingly high expectations to a record based in a genre you love, by a band you admire profusely, in an era where said genre has been the force more heartbreak than anything else, and not only have your expectations met but blown way the fuck out of the water.

    Vektor is a paragon, a figurative fucking lighthouse by which every single thrash band, regardless of age and tenure should look towards. Their entire career in itself is almost vindication and redemption for every halfbaked metallican’t, every cringeworthy megadon’t, every single half assed Slayer ripoff the world his been subjected to the past 10 years. Their artistic vision and scope as well as their ability to actually execute said vision is so far ahead of 99% of the thrash scene that they make every one else look like they are still trying to figure out how to nail that one riff in Seek and Destroy. Listening to Terminal Redux is bot frustrating and liberating at the same time, because as you allow yourself to get utterly floored by the music being presented to you, you are at the same time reminded that no one, and I seriously mean, fucking NO ONE, is going to be able to challenge them in that genre.

    They’ve once again proven just how great they are and once again they’ve succeeded in making everybody else look like absolute shit. I don’t think we’ll see a thrash record this massive in quality and scope for years, and when we do, I’ll bet it’ll just so happen to have a Vektor logo slapped on top of it.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Every thrash band in the scene should be smacked in the face with this very post.

      Vektor, Voivod and Vhol (the triumVirate, if you will) ARE thrash right now. Vhol had their time in the sun last year and Voivod had their awesome EP this year but this is Vektor’s game right now.

      • Lasse Momme

        I would probably add Noisem to that list for being one of the only bands today who seems to have found a way to reinvent and revitalize the aggression in thrash and uncoiled it from the monotonous and formulaeic standardization the genre has suffered under for years.

        But yeah, outside of those bands there’s a reaaaaaaal steep drop in quality, especially in regards to innovation and being able to stand out. Sure, there are still old bands who do well for themselves like Onslaught, Kreator, Sodom and to a lesser degree Anthrax, but outside of Onslaughts Sound Of Violence record nothing has even come close to standing out to the extent that the output of the triumVirate (this is totally a thing now, btw) has done.

        Then you have a cluster of younger bands like Skeletonwitch, Toxic Holocaust, Municipal Waste and Warbringer who seemed interesting and had potential but then proceeded to get absolutely and utterly overshadowed due to a) underachieving b) getting overhyped, c) stagnating artistically, creatively and qualitatively or d) having the misfortune of being compared to MOTHERFUCKING VEKTOR.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          I always lumped Noisem more with the death side than the thrash side but that’s a good shout.

          If we’re talking, say, post-2005, there are a lot of bands that had ONE great slab o’ thrash and then proceeded by repeating it or ran out of ideas altogether. It’s almost a “how many can you name” type of thing. There was Hell on Earth (Toxic Holocaust), Enter the Grave (Evile), Waking Into Nightmares (Warbringer), Time is Up (Havok), Teratogenesis EP (Revocation), Killing Peace (Onslaught), Ironbound (Overkill), In War and Pieces (Sodom) and the list goes on. Kreator had Enemy of God but Phantom Antichrist was great so I’ll keep them off the list. Skeletonwitch has been dropping consistently good records as well but not even close to Vektor’s caliber.

          I like all of the albums I mentioned, but the bands just couldn’t keep consistent levels of quality for long.

          • Lasse Momme

            I absolutely agree with you, and I would argue that some, if not the slight majority of the records you just mentioned are in and of themselves not good enough to redeem some of utter fucking tripe thrash fans have been the victim of for a motherfucking decade plus. sub-par follow-ups, poorly executed concepts, absolutely laughable quality control and album durations (who the fuck ever thought it would be a good idea to make an hour + record and model their sound after slayer!??), the fucking works.

            It’s a genre that initially was, and at its core still is, remarkable for it’s aggression and chaotic nature. ironically, the bands that pioneered said style were so influential that they spurred on entire generation of wannabe’s, turning the aggression and chaos into formulaic and standardized song writing. It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

            Thrash has thirsted for true genius and vision for almost 20 years at this point, just fucking waiting for someone, fucking anyone to come along and kick some life into it. Someone who didn’t want to be the next slayer or metallica, but someone who wanted to be the first “something else”. You could make the argument that Vektor already did so with Outer Isolation but I think that with Terminal Redux as its successor and Black Future as the precurser one can finally and truly without a sliver of doubt proclaim them to be, and I absolutely believe this with all my heart, the best thrash band of the 21st century and I’m willing to bet one of the most important metal bands going forward.

          • Kronos

            I’m a big revocation fan but I have to say there’s no way the new record is going to top this. No matter how unbelievable Dave Davidson’s solos are this time, it’s going to fall short.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            Those guys have great ideas but they release albums way to often. They’ve taken 2 years this time around but I wish they’d take the time to do a truly great cohesive album rather than a bunch of (admittedly pretty cool) riffs and solos pasted together.

          • Kronos

            Chaos of Forms was a fantastic album and the last two have been great, but they’re not going to go for high-concept shenanigans anytime soon. They’re very much a group that focuses on songs rather than albums.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            Not a big fan of CoF. Teratogenesis was their best release (by far, I’d say) and Deathless was pretty good too. Yeah, they are good at what they do, but I don’t see them releasing a 5/5 record any time soon.

          • Name’s Dalton

            Wut

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            Whoah ease up, Revocation have never disappointed they could yet out do Vektor with a shorter punchier album…

          • Kronos

            I think they’re just not pretentious enough to try something like this.

      • SegaGenitals

        Is Acrania thrashy enough to make a quadrangle of this triumvirate?

        • Kronos

          I’d say so!

          • SegaGenitals

            Good man!

        • Irineu Carvalho

          Acrania is not thrash, but death-mex.

          • SegaGenitals

            Let’s not pigeonhole genres. There is certainly some thrash in the band’s DNA, intended or otherwise.

      • groverXIII

        This is mostly because Fog Of War and Black Fast aren’t sufficiently well-known yet. Both bands have released a pair of excellent albums. Of course, there’s also quality bands like Deathhammer and Condor, and if Hypnosia was still around they’d deserve mention as well.

        • André Snyde Lopes

          Black Fast are pretty decent. They only have two albums and they’re great but are they on the same level as, say, Black Future? All due respect to the band but the answer is no.

          Fog of War, I’ve heard about but haven’t checked out. Perhaps I should.

          • groverXIII

            I actually prefer both bands over Vektor, mostly because both bands write more coherent songs. Vektor are definitely more adventurous and experimental, and as a result they’re a more unique band, but I don’t find them quite as engaging. That’s a personal preference, of course.

    • Bart the Repairman

      I’d upvote you twice if I could.

    • This reads like a potential candidate for AMG reviewer. I like it.

      • Lasse Momme

        I would be so. god damn. honored!

        • Shoot me an email at [email protected].

          • André Snyde Lopes

            Something tells me that posting this e-mail address here was a mistake…

            LAUNCH THE UNICORN SPAM!

          • Don’t test me. I will unicorn shame you all!

          • Blueberry Balls

            That is one big unicorn!

          • Lasse Momme

            Just sent you a mail with a bunch of questions. Just realized I should’ve totally have sent you a Unicorn.

          • You would rue the day. RUE!!

          • jetblindracos

            Looks like SD wants to build an army.

          • The Calgary Nerd.

            He’s leading a revolution against AMG.

          • André Snyde Lopes

            Capt. Druhm: Uncivil Unicorn War

          • I’m not signing any damn accords. Live steel or die!

          • The Calgary Nerd.

            Steel Druhm: A New Jorn

    • Patrick Bearden

      But really…..do you like it?

    • Westpaceagle

      Hey Lasse I am just circling back to say, after some non-stop obsessing I now see the light and am 100% on board with what you have been posting about this record. This is a landmark album that should place in the top thrash albums of all time, and one of the best metal albums ever for that matter. Your posts nail it all man, and you are so right. I am left with the same sad feeling that we may not hear another album this good in a long time. Seriously if you have any other favorites- anything that approaches this that I might have missed let me know. I am racking my brain for another album this millennium that has me so excited…the only one I can remember is Tara by Absu and that was 15 years ago! Anyway bravo and hope you get the gig doing full reviews since they are looking for fresh talent!

      • Lasse Momme

        Thank you so much for the kind words! As far as what I could recommend to you it’s hard, because it’s a matter of taste. If you are looking for something like Terminal Redux the only thing I can come up with is Vektors last album “Outer Isolation” aaannd…. yeah, that’s really it, actually. It’s kinda sad but I honestly think that Terminal Redux is pretty damn singular in it’s scope and quality when it comes to thrash in the 21st century. It’s kinda cool too i guess.

        If we move a bit away from thrash I would be remiss to not to mention Inter Arma’s The Cavern from 2014. it’s a single composition of 45 minutes of music and it is an absolutely astonishing tour de force of progressive rock, sludge and post metal. It’s a similarly demanding listen to Terminal Redux but the payoff is worth every second. from the opening clean guitars with violins weaving subtly in and out onwards to the absolutely crushing main riff that continuously returns to throughout the song in different permutations, to the final and absolutely bestial and cacophonous climax… It’s just a fucking killer experience, definitely check it out if you’re into post metal.

        If you are looking for something more sinister and extreme I suppose you could check out Akhlys’s The Dreaming I from last year which is just about the most menacing black metal records I’ve heard in years. It is sublimely evil sounding has some absolutely incredible guitar work on there. Just wonderful riff work on there and it sounds absolutely immense. It’s not a record I listen to often simply because of how intense it is, but it’s quality is incredible none the less.

        The last one is probably the only record I can remember that stuck with me the way that Terminal Redux has stuck with me, which is weird because I don’t even know if I would call it metal to begin with so take it with a grain of salt but Basks American Hollow is also something I think is worth checking out if you have a propensity for folk music outside of metal. Just a tremendously beautiful record with the thickest fucking guitar sound in the world and some truly inspired song writing. The record is this weird concoction of Americana folk and doom metal and the concept is just masterfully executed from beginning to end. at some points it completely leaves the confines of metal and just goes all out folk, but in some ways that just makes the songs and the record as a whole that much better. It shows that they have the balls to actually take their foot off the gas in order to make the record shine as a whole and it really is an amazing record because of it. There’s some really admirable restraint on display throughout the entire record and in a world where bands have such a hard time killing their darlings and showing any type of self restraint on their records I think that is commendable. Then again, If you don’t like american folk music, it’s probably not for you.

  • mtlman1990

    What a albulm Its like a Metallica, Cradle of Filth, Vektor, Slayer and btbam had a kid..

  • Bas

    Hey , both review are positive… Couldn’t you find anyone in the Angry Metal offices that disliked the album???
    For me its the album of the year so far (maybe its the long wait, but i am so psyched about it!!!!)

    • I think we all pretty much dig this album. That happens once every Iron Age.

  • Brother Ben

    I’m gonna miss those shrieks thiugh. Reminded me of Sheepdog

  • Jonny

    20+ spins and still not tired of it, fantastic release.

  • Stefano Kevin Prince Vitali

    An album that complicated should not be able to command such continuos headbanging. It happens and it’s awesome.

  • aminata fathul a.

    Just listened this album and i’m blown away! Great album!

    So i’m here to bring some spoiler especially with the last track, Recharging the Void. This track on the clean vocal part is very “No More Turning Away” by Pink Floyd. It just came to me when i listened to it since No More Turning Away is one of my fav Pink Floyd song. Just my 2 cents.

    Btw i’m a new fans this site. You guys really change my life!
    Greeting from Indonesia! m/

    *don’t expect a perfect English from me :p

    • Bart the Repairman

      I have identical observations, so it can’t be coincidence.

    • Keith G.

      Googled this to make sure I’m not alone in noticing those similarities….

  • Bart the Repairman

    YESSS. Our long waiting is rewarded doubly.
    I agree with every word. This album is insane, 73 minutes run like 37, and for dessert we get some Pink Floyd (soft parts of „Recharging the Void” comes VERY close to „On the Turning Away”). What more could we want?

    Only DR I guess.

    • Dr_Fisting

      Oh crap, it DOES sound like Floyd! Good catch.

  • Kronos

    This album is totally fucking Kronos approved and I might have given it a 5.0. Album of the month or I’m staging an extremely violent coup.

    • It’s gonna be Blaze Bayley even though that came out in March. Instigate the mobs accordingly.

      • Kronos

        I’ll head to the torch and pitchfork store.

    • Lasse Momme

      You have my chain sword

    • El_Cuervo

      Another great month I think. Sylvaine, Vainaja, Messa… Based off 1 listen, I prefer these to Vektor.

      • AlphaBetaFoxface

        Vainaja > Vektor

        By a considerable amount. Though new Vektor is terrific.

  • Nathan

    This whole week, I’ve been checking this site wondering why in the hell no one has reviewed the new Vektor yet. But I can understand that you guys needed to take some time with this beast of an album. It paid off, BTW. Really great reviews.

  • SegaGenitals

    An incredibly FUN album at a time where too much Metal is so ridiculously self-conscious and melodramatic pastiche.

  • Thatguy

    It’s kind of redundant to do so, but I just want to say I think this is great too. Actually just about anyone who bothered coming to this site would love this, surely. Even Tom Hardy.

    • The Calgary Nerd.

      Now let’s not go overboard. Hardy will still find a way to bash this.

    • André Snyde Lopes

      Hardy may think Demolition was better.

  • Westpaceagle

    Already in my AotY running, because everything must be ranked! But not sure it can edge Hyperion without many more listens. Moonsorrow fading just a smidgen..

  • Dobbie03

    I’ve been playing this almost non-stop since the release. One of the best of ’16 for sure.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Really keen to hear this, though the 73 minutes at DR 5 worries me… It’s right next to Vegemite on this weeks shopping list

    • Lasse Momme

      As one of the staunchest opponents of needlessly long records saturating the industry, trust me: It is not a problem what so ever. the quality is absolutely top notch, all the way through.

    • FutureBeyondSatan

      Buy at your own risk. I would almost rather listen to Horrendous. That’s bad!

      • SegaGenitals

        Nah, amazing album. Buy two copies. Whats not to love!?

        • FutureBeyondSatan

          Long songs w/ very sub par vocals. Not my cup of tea.

  • Nag Dammit

    This is a great album. An updated release of the classic, insanely difficult shoot ’em up ‘R-Type’ should be released, with this as its soundtrack. ‘Collapse’ would of course be the music you get when you complete it (if you ever can that is

    • SegaGenitals

      The album IS reminiscent of the 16-bit days of yore, plus the space stuff. I get it.

  • BranMakMorn

    I gotta say, the hype was turning me off, so I approached it this morning with a very high level of skepticism (plus I am not a huge thrash fan).

    HOLY.
    FUCKING.
    SHIT.

    That’s all. Thanks for the excellent reviews.

  • GREEN MIST BLINDS

    Dr 5?? I’m guessing the 320 cd rip is way better this album sounds great. And “spoiler: he does alright” mmmmmm no no he doesn’t

  • jageorge72

    I become skeptical when I see THIS much praise being thrown out there. Two listens to the embedded track….. the music sounds really good, and the vocals are pretty bad. Not quite in the Kelly Shaeffer level of annoying, but a turnoff nonetheless. On the other hand, Shaeffer was a little more unique than this guy though. BUT….. the music on Unquestionable Presence was so awesome that it easily makes up for the vocals.

    Yeah…. it is totally unfair to judge based on two listens, to one song….. BUT, I think there is a little too much going on here at times. Song is way too long, and not sure how memorable it would ultimately be.

    Unquestionable Presence, for example, was released 25 years ago, and I can sit here right now and play through many parts of that album right off the top of my head. It was that good, and has that kind of staying power. Will this? Time will tell…..

    Just seems like people might be going overboard with the praise. I may check it out…. but my money will first go to Blaze Bayley over this.

    • SegaGenitals

      They could be talking of this album 25 years from now. Classics only truly realized in hindsite.

    • thiR

      “the music on Unquestionable Presence was so awesome that it easily makes up for the vocals […]BUT, I think there is a little too much going on here at times.”

      Wat? Have you even paid attention to the drums on both records? The drumming on Unquestionable Presence is sometimes all over the place and is a bit TOO technical (sounds like he was trying way too hard to be cool and technical… don’t get me wrong, Flynn is an amazing drummer, but it was too much on UP), on Terminal Redux the drumming is much more focused and coherent.

      Seriously, just give more listen to Terminal Redux. You are compairing an album freshly released with one that you’ve probably listened to hundreds of time, it isn’t really fair to then say that “there is a little too much going on here”. Yes there is. But it isn’t worse than Unequestionable Presence or any late Death album.

  • Noobhammer

    This album is intensely immense. Just when I get through a spin, and begin to listen to it again, I catch a little thing I missed the first time. There is so much here to process, and even though the songs are LENGTHY, they don’t have that long in the tooth feel. Now I’m always more of a power metal guy with some black metal leanings, and only a few thrash bands have every truly captured my attention, but this one definitely has.

    The songs flow together like a babbling river of lava through the mechanized land of some far off planet, and nothing feels out of place, or even remotely fillerish.

    I feel like these guys are leading the new wave of thrash, along with bands like Revocation and Skeletonwitch. Just absolute awesomeness abound here.

  • groverXIII

    Yup, this is a good one.

  • SegaGenitals

    I like the vocals. No problems there. Think Evil Chuck meets dude from Horrendous, rub a little Enslaved on it. I respect artists with more passion than innate talent, and this guy reeks of testicular fortitude. Naysayers be DAMNED.

  • So excited for my pre-order to arrive! Can’t wait to dig in to the insanity. I knew they were special when I first got Black Future with it’s three excellent 10+min long tracks and reading the description about “Recharging the Void” in Dr. Fisting’s review has me foaming at the mouth.

  • Gasmask Prince

    Guys, the last track is 13:37.

  • Blueberry Balls

    This disc smokes. The PF “On The Turning Away” worship is a real treat. Just stellar. Might be an album of the year contender here.

  • The riffs are so good, the music is so good. I wish the singer was less Schmier and more Snake.

  • Anomander

    Excellent album! Actually the vocal style and sometimes even the music reminds me of the later works of Chuck Schuldiner, but this is an appreciation! Love their energy and complexity. I’m always happy to find such gems on this site.

  • Arnkh

    I am in a shitty position of having discovered thrash metal by stumbling upon Vektor’s “Outer Isolation”. I am trawling youtube for something, anything that will match their insane pace (well, it is insane for me… I was mostly listening to doom and sludge and many things in between) AND the technique, but all I can do is tolerate a few seconds of dreary noise before I have to resort to “Tetrastructural minds” or “Pillars of Sand” for therapy.

  • Exitium

    All the gushing, and it’s as though I’m hearing an entirely different vocalist than the rest of you. It sounds to me like some truly awful Dani Filth (at his worst), but up an octave.

  • Styler

    I must admit that I was unaware of these guys, despite their lineage. I just checked it out as it was the last RotM. The linked track, Charging the Void is awesome, I’ll definitely be checking out this album. Thanks again AMG!

  • Eli Valcik

    On a space exploration A Military General finds a mineral that can induce immortality. The military general goes crazy after a series of tests where he was forced to live in isolation, He realizes that Cygnus (the intergalactic Government who is very corrupt) have been using machines to control and monitor the people living on Epsilon The crazy general (who now sees humans as parasites who are now undying due to his discovery) decides to destroy all humans to “cleanse” them as well as the galaxy itself. The General hijacks a Cygnus power gird (low orbit docking bays) Using sentinels known as “Reapers” that he acquired from the Cygnus power grid. He uses the Reapers to attack Epsilon, the general is watching all this from the Grid using computer screens. The General rambles on crazily for a couple of songs. So he reeks havoc on Epsilon and the Reapers return to The Cygnus Port. Then he crashes the Cygnus Terminal (Power Grid, Port, they use lots of names to describe the place where the General is.) So he crashes the Terminal into the planet Epsilon, more specifically Alshain (the part of Epsilon he destroys in the song “Pillars of Sand”) The General says “Relic Alshain Oh Shahin-i-tarazu I return my flesh to you” and then initiates self destruct destroying the entire planet. The End.

    This is most likely not 100% correct, but it’s what I believe the plot to be.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    I finally got this one. Not usually a fan of albums with no clean vocals, but very impressed. These guys are absolute musical wizards. The technicality and precision here is pretty darn astounding.

  • Nag Dammit

    Just re-listening to this after taking a brief thrash break and I have to say, the final three tracks are among the best I’ve heard on any album. The compositions are amazing, the musicianship is out of this world and they just push boundaries in every direction. I really hope Vektor carries on as I’d love to see if their next release carries this style on and develops it further. That and I can hold onto the vague hope that I get to see them play any of Terminal Redux live.

  • Nukenado

    The vocals turned me off for my first 5 listens; I got to 2 mins and shut this thing off.
    Today I finally tried again and finished the whole song.

    This is a record that DEMANDS I pay attension to it. Wow…
    I could not do anything but focus on the goddamn awesome riffs.