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Outer Isolation

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Vektor have returned from the future with a dire warning for mankind!

With the release of their debut album Black Future in November 2009, VEKTOR s arrival sent shockwaves throughout the metal world that were felt in all courses of the globe. Having established themselves as pioneers in a genre thought by many to be exhausted of new ideas, the futuristic force known as VEKTOR now return with one of the most highly anticipated follow-up albums of 2011! In what started as a quiet buzz quickly grew to a deafening roar; rave reviews from the press and scores of comments from fans in hundreds of blogs, news sites and message boards from around the world tell the story of a band who had seemingly come out of nowhere to challenge the self imposed limitations of the metal genre.

Conceived in 2004 by front man/guitarist David DiSanto and lead shredder Erik Nelson, VEKTOR quickly forged a formidable name for themselves amongst the Phoenix, AZ metal contingent for their unique mix of technical, speed thrash and progressive influences. Going against the grain, VEKTOR created a wave of interest with their self-released CD entitled Demolition (2006) and the ferocious two track demo Hunger for Violence (2007). The tracks, eagerly shared by early fans, spread virally throughout the web putting the band on the radar of many international fans for the first time. In search of the perfect rhythm section to complete their vision, VEKTOR s lineup continued to evolve throughout 2008 before finding drummer Blake Anderson and bassist Frank Chin to cement the perfect line-up.

Gaining the attention of New York s Heavy Artillery Records later that year, VEKTOR eagerly joined the label s growing roster with the release of their now-legendary debut album Black Future in November 2009. In support of Black Future, VEKTOR hit the road for their first national tour alongside label mates EXMORTUS during December 2009 and January 2010, followed by their own headlining tour that summer.

Having set such a high standard for themselves with Black Future, VEKTOR pulled up their sleeves to meet the challenges and begin recording their sophomore album Outer Isolation in June 2011. With Black Future being hailed by many as an instant classic, the tetrastructural ensemble have a lot to live up to, and Outer Isolation will deliver! With their sights set at galactic conquest, VEKTOR employs an array of intricacy, virtuosity and a wholly unique sound which few of their peers can claim.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 6, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Megaforce
  • ASIN: B005STGKBG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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At first I didn't think this was as good as Black Future, but after some closer listening the album has really grown on me, just like the first one. It's technical. It's spacey. It's epic. It's Vektor.

One of the coolest things about Vektor is the lyrics. Thrash metal probably already has some of the greatest, most intellectual lyrics of the different genres of metal, but Vektor is way above most other artists. They're like a group of philosophic science-fiction authors with godly guitar skills. Awesome.

Most people talk about Vektor only in terms of their influences, which I will not mention here. Why? Because they are their own band. They're unique. No one else really does exactly what they do. And that's what's great about them.

By the way, this album includes remakes of Tetrastructural Minds (AWESOME), Fast Paced Society, and Venus Project from their earlier demo Demolition. If you listened to those on the demo (limited, you'll be hard pressed to find it now) or YouTube, just know that they are even better than before, and produced in much higher quality.
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That it took this long for a band to be the rightful heirs to the Voivod legacy demonstrates just how groundbreaking and futuristic that band is. Vektor have taken the formula of industrial might, sci-fi, thrash and some prog elements, but not too many, and are fast gaining a loyal audience.
"Outer Isolation", the second album, is great, as good as the debut "Black Future". We have incredible musicianship with extremely advanced chord knowledge that really adds dimension to the music, and the speed and fury satisfy the head banger without getting dull or overplayed in the process.
Imagine "Dimension: Hatross", Voivod's masterpiece, a CD so futuristic, so alien and heavy it will sound like it's come back via worm hole from 2100 at least until that time, and maybe longer, sped up, singing in a furious bark, textures that would put Dream Theater to shame, and above all, uncompromising heaviness and you get Vektor. It's metal for the future days of a bleak world, maybe along the lines of "Dune" or "Mad Max", and pays respectful homage to their most easily identifiable influence. If you love Voivod, I can assure you Piggy is headbanging in metal heaven and proud of his proteges in Vektor. Can't wait for the new one in May.
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Another classic from an extremely talented band. This is a worthy follow up to 2009's Black Future. If you are a fan of metal, progressive music or both definitely check this out. It is not easy to swallow for everybody at first but give it enough listens and you will be bowing down eventually. This is a masterpiece.
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Like the title says, I usually find myself let down by bands (or anything for that matter) that have too much hype revolving around them. Especially when it's early in their career. Now, this is their only album I own. I downloaded it on a whim because it was cheap. I must say that I was blown away. Technical, uber fast, sci-fi thrash... what more can you ask for??? Not many bands in the nu-thrash scene stand out and set themselves apart from the rest, but Vektor sure does. I described them to a friend as Death meets Kreator on speed and steroids. And that is still a vague description. Like I said before, they do stand out with their own thrash sound. I will be downloading Black Future asap, and I recommend this cd for any thrash fan who wants a little something different and is tired of the same regurgitated music. Do it.
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I just went through my first spin of this album, and Jesus, it was a blast. This is my first introduction to Vektor and I'll definitely be returning for more, as well as checking out Black Future. These guys really play in syncopation, and the songs are all very structured and constantly entertaining. Their sound never becomes tiresome or taxing due to it's exciting and balanced amount of highs and lows (sonically speaking) and even after the 51+ minute duration of the album, I'm more than happy to start the thing over again. The production is excellent, it packs a real punch and has just the right amount of grit to avoid sounding over-produced. If you thought Thrash Metal consisted of nothing but Anthrax revivalists you're sorely mistaken, Vektor do justice to the genre by reminiscing over it's past and pointing towards it's future. Overall a very solid album and I'm sure with time my four star rating will no doubt turn to a five. Buy this album.
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Like other reviewers on here, I loved "Black Future" and wondered if Vektor could possibly put out a second album that I would like as much as the first. Even though "Black Future" blew my mind, I think I actually like this one a little better. They are both 5 star albums, but I like the guitar playing in this one a little more because of some of the chords used, and the solos. I'm more stuck on the vocal content of this album too. The drums are incredible, and never too predictable. There are plenty of tempo changes, key changes and creative parts to mix it up, but it never gets too 'math-y'. The complexity isn't annoying. This one easily goes into my top 3 albums of the year.
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