Vektor: Your New Favorite Band

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I’m not writing this for any particular reason, other than the planets have aligned and VEKTOR are playing in Philadelphia tonight, which just happens to coincide with the beginning of my stateside trek. Huzzah! If you’re not feeling jelous of me at this point, it probably means you’ve been missing out.

It was late 2009, and I stumbled upon a video review for an album called BLACK FUTURE. Don’t ask me how I got there, I’m just happy that I did, because it got a good review and I decided to check it out. I found this:

…and then I listened to it about 10 times in a row.

I have a thing for prog-tinged thrash, but this album came out of left field and just about gave me a serious concussion. Imagine Voivod playing Black Metal and fronted by a Hawk or an Eagle or something, that’s how I would best describe Vektor. Thrashy parts, Blacky bits and Atmospheric progdom, all perfectly combined to produce way more than the sum of its parts. I kept wondering why these four dudes from Arizona (and not Mars as I first suspected) weren’t at the forefront of the current Thrash scene which was dominated by bands that, although competent, weren’t bringing anything remotely new to the table.

Fast-forward to 2011: I had just started College and was doing pretty well at not getting distracted by extraneous stuff that could potentially make me fall flat on my face and have no choice but to commit Sepukku for having shamed my spotless academic record. November comes around, and so does this:

…and again, I listened to it so much at one point I had to stop because I couldn’t get anything done while I had it on. They somehow managed to (in my opinion) top their debut album and make their songs more straightforward whilst maintaining all the elements that made them unique.

A year later their label went under, they got signed to Earache and subsequently got a slot on one of the main stages at Hellfest 2013; their only gig in Europe to date (I was there, of course). They got an amazing reaction from the crowd and the dude at the Earache merch stand told me that they sold out of Vektor shirts a couple hours after their set. They didn’t play this year, but I saw at least 20 different people with Vektor shirts over the course of the weekend.

I’m stoked that they’re getting more and more exposure, but I don’t think it can ever be enough. If you like their stuff, buy it on bandcamp or a shirt from Earache. And if you get the chance to see them live, DO IT. Stay on the look out for their third album, out next year (one hopes).

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  • I like Vektor. Reminds me a bit of Nuclear Assault except with their own identity (rather than just another clone of a great eighties thrash band.)

    • Cock of Steele

      True that. I don’t really know any other band that sounds like them, in my opinion.

      • W.

        They’re definitely unique.

  • God

    (Holding iPhone at a distance) “oh cool. Something new about Voivod”…”wait a second, holy similar logo batman!”

    • Cock of Steele

      God, pls make that third album come out sooner. Thx.

    • FeelTheDarkness

      I thought the same thing

  • Love me some fucking vektor

  • @God, vektor,sylosis,revocation tour. Make it happen.

    • Owlswald

      Add Havok to that list plz k thx

    • The Crowbar tour coming up in October at least has Revocation and Havok (2 outta 4 ain’t bad). Would love to see Sylosis again, and now I’m warming up to Vektor too!

    • Bert Banana

      They should call that tour “Jizzfest”…because that’s what everyone would be doing if that lineup ever got announced

    • RuIN?

      I am really digging Revocation right now. Love that thrashness that they are dropping. I have the album with Dyer’s Eve cover on repeat for my getting swole time at the gym.

      • I’m stoked to see what their new album that is dropping in the fall will be like.

      • Lacertilian

        so many fucking awesome parts in that album.
        Actually, all their albums are like that!

  • MoshOff should be landing in the US right about now! Have fun dude!

    • MoshOff

      Thanks dude. I just wrapped up a weekend of greasy food, good music and no internet. BTW I’m thinking of doing a write-up/review of the Summer Slaughter show I was at last night. Don’t know if it’ll be of too much interest because it’s over, but let me know.

  • Owlswald

    Vektor wears the Kreator influence on their sleeve but Outer Isolation is such a killer album I give absolutely zero fucks about it. Those guitar riffs are sick.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    My ears are smiling.

  • Mon*Star

    Great band, saw them whip up a frenzy headlining a local festival. Of course the show was running way behind and by 1am the crowd was tired and thinning out. Vektor took the stage and the place absolutely started to THRASH. Was a fan before the show, became a diehard fan after.

  • Xan

    My taint has been thoroughly tickled with this.

  • Randall Thor

    I’ve loved this band since my friend introduced them to me back when Black Future came out. Have loved them since! Forests of Legend might be my favorite song by them too, great choice.

  • Dental_Damnation

    I would not flush these guys, even if the bowl was spilling over with fecal matter

  • IT’S SO VERY CLOSE TO THE WEEKEND YOU GUYS. I am twitching.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      In addition to catching up on some of the posts I missed on here, I think I might start playing Skyrim again this weekend. What else are the haps?

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        gorging on Beef Rendang

      • W.

        I’m refinishing a table for my wife as a birthday gift. Fun with a belt sander.

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          Ron Swanson would be proud

          • Tyree

            Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

        • Tyree

          Belt sander’s are brutal.

          • W.

            Yah, I’m a little worried about jacking the table up.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          SANDED FACELESS

      • Playing a show tonight. Going to spend some quality time with my much neglected xbox Saturday morning.

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          I haven’t bought a new game since gtaV, anything good out these days?

          • I foolishly purchased an XBONE so it’s pretty much Titanfall or nothing else. It is pretty fun though.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Ha, X-BONE. I’ll get it eventually I am sure. My 360 has been on it’s deathbed for about 3 years.

          • *walks past* “xbox off”

          • Kinect really is a bitch like that.

          • Scrimm

            I cant believe how few games there are still. I have Titanfall, Tomb Raider, UFC and Dead Rising 3 but I haven’t touched mine in weeks. Oh except to buy Outlast, that I played once.

          • Paris Hilton

            I can’t wait til I can afford an Xbox One. I’ve always wanted to pay $600 for loading screens!

          • Watch dogs is decent. Still stuck in skyrim though. Sometimes I stop for a month or so but then I get lost in it all over again.

          • what? what are you stuck on? i’ll help you.

          • Lol I mean stuck as in I can’t get enough of the damn game.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            McNulty , you misunderstood my post about dave grohl. When i said lady gaga wears a maiden shirt i meant that many metalheads think she is faking it, not that she isn`t sincere. My point was grohl doesn`t play metal anymore than she does. Just wanted to clear that up. No offense against her man.

          • Paris Hilton

            Gaga is legit into metal!! #defendgaga2014

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            I’m the same, especially when I start experimenting with novelty classes, like a 100% pure necromancer that ONLY casts Raise Dead spells, or an assassin build that only kills using poison, either administered by dagger or reverse-pickpocketed.

          • Oooh I hadnt thought of that one. Doing a sneaky archer atm

          • Cock of Steele

            Since GTA V I bought AC Black Flag. That game sucks you in, but be forewarned, if you have a thing for completing every quest/side mission, your head might explode.

          • Fucking sharks!

          • Bert Banana

            I love the shark hunting. GOTTA HUNT THEM ALL! GOTTA HUNT THEM ALL!

          • Captain Ron Rico

            Yeah but not divin with the bastards when you’re trying to just collect the chests and animus shards, and THEY ARE SUPER FUCKING SENSITIVE AND WON’T LEAVE YOU THE FUCK ALONE

          • Captain Ron Rico

            Sorry, bad experiences with those sharks. One ate me eye after I sunk my friend’s boat.

          • Bert Banana

            Oooooooooooooh…I hate the diving missions. Fuck those sharks!

          • Cock of Steele

            FUCK THOSE SHARKS! just like the goddamn mountain lions in Red Dead.

          • Lol yea those mountain lions were ridiculous.

          • God

            Holy shit someone understands my pain! I hav sunk at least 25 hours into black flag already and I’m only 31% finished

          • Cock of Steele

            Between the random islands/outposts, and then the viewpoints, and then collecting the chests, and the animus shards, and the sea shanties, and the assassin missions, I needed a lie down to comprehend everything. I’m actually at 80% now, it seems to be slowing down, and that epic “man this game is just getting going” feeling seems to have died.

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Dark Souls 2 is my current poison, it’s not as good as the first two Souls games, but the PVP is so much more refined, and the shorter i-frames and parry/riposte windows make it great.

      • Keegan Lavern Still

        I’m finishing up my last exam for my summer courses and talking to my advisor to see the possibility of taking the next semester off.

      • Owlswald

        Heading out to camp for the weekend around Mt. Hood.

      • Captain Ron Rico

        Playing Maiden’s The Prisoner on bass.

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          Cool, Im going to give it shot tonight. good idea!

      • if you have Skyrim, there are no other haps.
        (love the new name)

        got a date tonight (srs): shuffleboard, sushi, video games, and a camp out on my deck.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          Hey McNulty, what do think of the new priest. I like a lot of the songs but to me there is something wrong with the guitar sound. My personal belief is no matter how much richie tries to replicate KK its not going to happen. He can look like him, copy his solos, replicate his gear but he is never going to BE him. Maybe that`s why it sounds strange. I almost get a hint of a turbo tone.
          If anyone is a tech head on here i would be interested in hearing your opinion on the album.

          • Guppusmaximus

            I may be completely & utterly wrong,but it sounds to me like the drums were recorded using mics and the guitars were playing directly into a Pro Tools set-up (maybe they are just buried a bit?). It’s, surprisingly (in a good way) a classic Priest album BUT I’m not certain how Priest could have fucked up on the guitar tone.

          • wasn’t too fond of it. i’ll have to listen again, since you like it and you seem to know your shit.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            i wasn’t crazy about it mind you, just think it’s better than average, surely much better that nostroldamus.

      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        I’m going to be playing WWE 2k14 and chilling with the guys at World Championship Quad Tearing before the Pay Per View tomorrow where I’ll be defending my title against Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett and Bret Hart. From what I hear Goldberg will be making an appearance, so we’re going to be going to all the casinos and having a barbeque in the middle of the road somewhere in the middle of the desert. Here’s the menu for what we’re going to be cooking. Tomorrow, the Nitro Grill will be back for one night only in the middle of the road somewhere in the desert!

        http://wcwworldwide.com/post/93836893234/wcw-nitro-grill-ad-menu

    • Xan

      N B 4 Conan:

      • Det. Flushin Bohl

        Dave Grohl Lives For Our Sins
        #GrohlFacts

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        CROM ! you shall pay for your insult to CONAN. Stealing my thunder, prepare for battle.

        • Xan

          We shall dance the dance of war! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QtvIonRjog

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          anybody going to kataklsym/suffocation/JR/Pyrexia/IB show oct. 28th in saskatoon ? i just got early bird ticket for $15.00 on picatic.com

          I’ll have shitloads of money for shirts now. I don’t think suffo has ever played my neck of the woods.

          • Guacamole Jim

            You’re from Saskatchewan? I’m but a province over!

          • Bert Banana

            Saskatchewan eh? You familiar with my boys in Chronobot?

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I`m not, I live in a small city (25,000) about an hour and a half out of saskatoon so i don`t know the local scene in the city.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            CONAN random fact of the week. I know everyone hates Toto but steve lukather is actually an awesome player. Sirius XM is talking about all the songs he played on.
            Check the stats.
            1500 records spanning 36 years ! Holy Fuck !
            He kind of a non-metal artist who can shred like prince.
            But the guy has had to play so many styles over the years. Just has to drop into any situation and play. It`s astounding when you think of it.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            Hates TOTO? HOLD THE LINE, brother, I just bought the Rock Candy reissue of their first album!

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            i love Toto! How can anyone hate Toto? All the Toto albums through Mindfields fucking rule! The only person I ever met who hated Toto was Jeff Jarrett and he was a fucking dick who only listened to country music.

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Too poppy for me Kevin. BUT hold the line used catch my ear back in the day.

          • Bert Banana

            If you like bands like Sleep or Bongzilla…they would be right up you alley. I had them crash in my spacious apartment in April. Great bunch of guys.

            http://chronobot.bandcamp.com/

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            you from saskatoon ? I lived there in 2003 , worked in the wash n slosh bar on broadway avenue. Maybe i know you.

          • Bert Banana

            Nah…I’m from Toronto. I met some people from Saskatoon when I went on the first 70000 tons cruise. When Chronobot came through Toronto earlier this year, they were looking for a place to crash and my buddy was filling for drums.

            With that said…I’m trying to get into radio and most of the jobs popping up with min. experience are out west. So It’s looking like I’m going out that way

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            thought i’d ask, trying to reconnect with some friends i lost touch with about 10 years ago, hoping they will turn up at the amon amarth or suffocation shows. I haven’t been to a small show for 10 years, been incommunicado. Have to get back into the scene. Thought someone i know might be on here. I would think twice about moving west, unless it’s BC. Stay away from manitoba and of course SK at all costs. We only get a handful of shows here. Alberta is better, calgary & edmonton get most of the shows, but vancouver being a major world city gets pretty much everything show wise.

          • Bert Banana

            At this stage…I’ve seen all the bands that I wanted to see (with the exception of Krallice) and the only 2 shows I’m really looking forward to seeing this year are DTA and DTP and they are hitting both hitting Sask and Man.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Are they sorry sacks of tangerine bitch??

          • Bert Banana

            Eh…more like Mortimer Mango…but with fingers

          • Paris Hilton

            I might be there CONAN (srs)

          • Guppusmaximus

            So just get him some regular milk Manny!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWohhABEzJQ

          • Lacertilian

            LEGS!

          • TrickleDownTacoRiff

            Enjoy bruh! Sounds like a good show!

        • Cock of Steele
          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            This is from back in the day around when jedi was released. Thanks marvel comics for this epic spoiler. Ruining one of the greatest moments in movie history for millions of children.
            EXCELSIOR !
            I mean could there be a more brutal spoiler.

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Vader was lying obviously- we all know Luke’s dad is yoda- it’s why vader became vader in that shitty prequel- his wife was cheating on him with the little green feller

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Conan hot pussy watch:
            You`re from UK right, Juno Temple – WOW is she hot & a damn fine little actress too. Does a perfect american accent but she is british.
            This killer joe movie is awesome – full frontal nudity !
            she plays a 15 year old but i was shocked that she is actually 25 !

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            is there anything better than blonde girls in the tub. If there is i haven`t found it yet.

          • A blonde girl on my face…

          • The Satan ov Hell

            Reminds me of someone I know kind of

    • Det. Flushin Bohl

      Amen. Sushi dinner and boozin’ tonight. Rest of the weekend will be a blur of shit to do and prepping for vacation next weekend. Probably the busiest summer I’ve ever had.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        You and me both man, busy as all hell.

        • Det. Flushin Bohl

          …and the blur continues

    • MoshOff

      *First Post Spam*

      Thanks for reading, everyone!! Your country is good and lovely and I am looking forward to gaining weight eating stuff that should not exist on this planet (it’s just so good).

  • Elizabeth Short

    Completely off topic, but it’s the weekend so screw it: watching the replay of the Redskins – Patriots game and realizing how much (even though it was a MS series) I miss Brockie rambling about football. RIP, sir.

  • Orgiastic Disembowelment

    Saw vektor with eyehategod and iron reagan a few weeks ago… can’t even pick which performance I enjoyed the most, and thats saying something

  • geddy

    This deserves a bigger listen. Cheers.

  • Bert Banana

    I’m in such dire need for a new Vektor album

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    The logo reminds me of Voivod. I’m going to have to give this a listen.

  • tylerusmaximus

    I’ve never been able to get into Voivod so for me this band has filled the void of weird technical thrash from outer space.

  • crazytaco_12

    Damn, never thought to download their stuff on bandcamp, probably gonna do that now

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    sexy girl on toilet of the day. CONAN’s own Queen Taylor. I think she may have smoked too much black lotus leaf last nite.

    • Captain Ron Rico

      Can we have a viewing boss?

    • 10/10 fuck you guys I love the pretty reckless.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        she is staying over tonite before they play sturgis. We have an open relationship. She sleeps with as many girls as she wants & and i can use as many fleshlights & knotholes in trees i can find. This is really her, i told her eat some more kid, but she is only hungry for one thing. Insatiable girl. Luckily CONAN is up to the task !

        • O_o

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          That’s a cardboard cutout. It’s fine though, I used a Scott Hall cardboard cutout on Nitro once for a joke.

        • Paul Will.I.Am.s

          That Goblin poster is amazing.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            it’s one of my favorites too. It comes up on ebay quite a bit. A guy must have bought a whole bunch at a show and is making a few bucks off them now. I think i payed $40.00 including shipping.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      She’s hot, but Torrie Wilson was hotter back in WCW. All the guys wanted to fuck her, but she would only fuck whoever she was having a relationship with at the time. Fucking Shane Douglas and Billy Kidman got to fuck her, but I never did. Well, at least I fucked Sunny in WWF when she was attractive. Kidman and Shane Douglas can’t claim that.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        what about francine & dawn marie ? Raven sure got a sweet deal when he got signed to wcw. All he did was sit ringside with the ridiculous flock for the better part of a year. Billy kidman was a horrible addition to that group. In fact everyone in it was pretty shitty. Raven could only play well off stevie richards. Raven probably would have had a better career if he had gotten in the ring right away.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          I like Dawn Marie and Francine, I just like Torrie more. There’s something about her that makes me want her. I agree that Raven got a good deal, but then he went back to ECW late in 1999. I wish Stevie would have been in the Flock. I love his work with the Blue World Order. Also, Raven did get in the ring pretty quickly and his feud with DDP was awesome. Hell, his match with Chris Jericho at Halloween Havoc 1998 was the only good match on that card considering Hogan vs Warrior was awful. I hated Kidman but that was because he got with Torrie and I never did.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            I liked DDP’s wife kimberly, she was in playboy, hot stuff. How old are you man , i’m 45, you must be around there to have seen BOC in the early 80’s. Oh i just remembered beulah mcgillicutty (love that name, hahhahhah)

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I’m 55 as said by my wikipedia page. It was awesome back in the day. I’ve seen King Crimson on their tour for the album Red. I also saw The Doors with and without Jim Morrison. I saw Metallica on their first tour opening for Raven. I still have a tour shirt from that tour. On top of that, I’ve seen all the incarnations of Black Sabbath, on their tours for Master of Reality, Technical Ecstacy, Heaven and Hell and the Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star, Headless Cross, Dehumanizer, Cross Purposes and Forbidden.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            man, you have literally seen it all, i always think i was born to late. And it’s the truth. I just didn’t enjoying my teen years growing up in the 80’s. It’s just like the obsessed song born to late. That song always gets me. Wino talking about people making fun of him for his clothes and his long hair, classic song.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I have seen it all. I’ve been to more concerts than I can count, I was a WWF champion for 1 year, I formed the New World Order with Scott Hall, I powerbombed CM Punk and I’m in World Championship Quad Tearing and had a successful title defense on last night’s pay per view against Sid Vicious, Jeff Jarrett and Ahmed Johnson. I think that I’ll give Ahmed a shot at my title tonight

  • actiondonkey

    Love this site more every day. And that first song fucking kicked ass

  • JWG

    I just found out it was World Cat Day (all day obviously). That’s what happens when you forget about Facebook for an entire day. Happy WCD to our resident Feline Overlord, if human-made days of worship mean anything to you.

    I, meanwhile, plan on extending the festivities into the weekend – provided I can find an adequate supply of catnip…

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I loved this band’s songs, but I love Utopia more. Who is Utopia? The band that Todd Rundgren started back in 1974. They started out as really heavy progressive rock, closer to progressive metal but then went to the direction of new wave. Here’s an album by them that you should listen to. It’s their debut, but it’s what I recommend you start out on in their discography. I have all their other studio albums and their live album and I really like a few of their later albums, but I recommend this more.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSVxGRo9tBU

    • KJM
      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        I love Rundgren, he’s truly a genius not only musically but also involving studio work. He’s one of the greats.

        • Jason Mendonca

          not to everyone’s taste but rundgren’s production and the album cover are flawless. Probably the most metal album cover that didn’t contain a metal album.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I have Bat Out Of Hell on picture disc and that only makes it better. It’s my favorite album cover, even beating out the Crimson Idol by WASP and I love everything about both of these albums with the covers being the least of their greatness. If it wasn’t for discovering these albums after i broke up with and had a falling out with a bitch I used to know I probably wouldn’t have gotten into metal or music in general. She broke me beyond repair but these albums make me whole whenever I listen to them. I’m sorry if I’m going off on a tangent, I just need to release my anger towards her right now as I do every so often.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            Man feel free, this is the place for it. I have gone on some fierce rants over the years. I first saw the bat out of hell album when i was 7 years old and was pretty intrigued and a bit scared by the intimidating artwork. I didn`t get into music til i was 11 but i remember showing it to my mom & her saying it was bad music from the devil (or something to that effect) , hahahhahhh.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            The picture disc is awesome. It’s the album cover on both sides of the vinyl.

  • Kazz

    “Voivod playing Black Metal and fronted by a Hawk or an Eagle or something” is a pretty perfect description. Awesome band.

  • The Satan ov Hell

    Vektor has long been my favourite band

  • Paris Hilton

    There once was a man named Dave.
    He found an old hooker in a cave.
    SHE WAS AS UGLY AS SHIT!
    AND MISSING A TIT!

    …but think of all the money he saved!

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      That was a great limerick. I haven’t heard a limerick that great since I saw Andrew Dice Clay perform a festival at WCW Headquarters for the WCW Family BBQ back in 1996. He opened for a reunion of the band Ram Jam, a reunion of the James Gang, Atomic Rooster and Grand Funk Railroad on the second stage with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Isaac Hayes, Whitesnake and The Stone Roses on the main stage. Those family barbeques were amazing. Heck, Ted Turner had Oasis do a date on their Be Here Now tour in 1998 for the BBQ when it became a two day thing, The next day was Kiss on their Psycho Circus tour with Def Leppard and Styx opening for them.

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    This band is a fuckin’ all you can eat riff buffet.

  • metalwithay

    Love this band. They definitely need more recognition!

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    Anyone remember these things? They were so cool. Back in WCW, we used to have giant games where we would throw these at people and whoever got hit by one had to face Goldberg in a squash match. I never got hit by one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsIfSvaUz88

  • Gurp

    Vektor is the shit. No such thing as enough publicity for them.