Vektor release "Activate"

2020-12-16 by DePlazz | 110 Comments
Sci-fi/prog thrashers Vektor have released "Activate", the first track off an upcoming Split EP Transmissions of Chaos together with Cryptosis (formerly known as Distillator).

Listen to the track here:




This song features new drummer Mike Ohlson and new bass player Stephen Coon, along with founding members/guitarists Dave DiSanto and Erik Nelson.

Read the band's Facebook post on the track here:

https://www.facebook.com/VektorOfficial/posts/207669000963412

Tagged: Vektor

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KingdomOfTyrant
December 16th 2020
758 Comments


sweet

heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


deactivate it please

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Egarran
December 16th 2020
19968 Comments


Feels good, man

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ChaoticVortex
December 16th 2020
1091 Comments


Short and sweet, with the usual tech-riffs.

Panzerchrist
December 16th 2020
531 Comments


Not bad. Vocals will take some getting used to (and the slight tuning shift to compensate for it) but it's a decent jam. Seems like a very intentional attempt at presenting a short, focused single to kind of ease the band back in, and, at the very least, it succeeds at that.

heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


David DiSanto is an abuser

Panzerchrist
December 16th 2020
531 Comments


yep

Egarran
December 16th 2020
19968 Comments


it was some ugly business

heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


beat his wife, strangled her till the cops were called, sexually assaulted her and locked her in a basement

but hey guys, riffs!!

UnknownOne
December 16th 2020
98 Comments


Nice Storm of the light bane's 5 mate.

Nödtveidt killed someone, but hey man, riffs!!

Pretty cringy man...

heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


thanks for reminding me. un-5'd

UnknownOne
December 16th 2020
98 Comments


Doesn't make it any less cringe tbh.

Let people enjoy music as they like.

heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


where did I say they couldn't?

I just don't think his actions should be overlooked or forgotten.

UnknownOne
December 16th 2020
98 Comments


Sure, but this is a music discussion forum and you did not say a single word about the music itself, but straight went to the abuse stuff.



heck
December 16th 2020
5373 Comments


yes, because his actions should not be overlooked or forgotten.

what's your point?

I may not have mentioned the music, but I'm talking about the musician, so it's still relevant.

if he's banking on the idea that people have forgotten/don't care in order to make a comeback, of course people should be reminded. every single public thing he does in the future should come with a giant asterisk that he's an abuser. it should never be forgotten.

Itwasthatwas
December 16th 2020
3010 Comments


I doubt he’s banking on anything excepting wanting to keep making music, it’s not like a band like Vektor is raking in money. vast majority of metal artists would be better off doing some other job

Panzerchrist
December 16th 2020
531 Comments


I really hope they alternate the shrieks with the lower register vox. There's a rumor that DiSanto shot his vocal chords and if that's the case it'd be a fucking shame. I always thought they had so much character.

UnknownOne
December 16th 2020
98 Comments


Not hugely impressed by the track, but since the song is going on the split ep it's no biggie.

I really hope they step it up for their next lp though.

Also Heck, you are a hero, doing gods work.

Sinternet
December 17th 2020
23731 Comments


band sucks as usual

DavidYowi
December 17th 2020
312 Comments


Fuck DiSanto and any current music he puts out, and fuck Erik Nelson for rejoining this band. He had an out when him, Frank Chin, and Blake Anderson quit in 2016. He has to know what kind of a person DiSanto is, and the fact that he's still helping DiSanto out is repugnant.

LeddSledd
December 17th 2020
3014 Comments


track pumps me up, makes me wanna strangle someone!!

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parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


>Also Heck, you are a hero, doing gods work.


take the L bro

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heck
December 17th 2020
5373 Comments


it's kinda weird when somebody gets so defensive over the idea of calling out domestic abuse

judasgoat
December 17th 2020
315 Comments


"it's kinda weird when somebody gets so defensive over the idea of calling out domestic abuse" [2]

Also new song is basically thrash by numbers with some Vektor-isms thrown in. Even if the dude wasn't a wifebeater I'd still be hella disappointed in this. Looks like they peaked already.

evilford
December 17th 2020
48097 Comments


Damn I honestly didn't know there was such a deep and violent history of abuse there. All I heard about what DD throwing a pillow, which at this point was obviously a form of minimization.

Thanks heck for staying on the horse and repeatedly posting about it. Stuff I'm glad I know now honestly.

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Faraudo
December 17th 2020
3894 Comments


Yikes, Vektor

Itwasthatwas
December 17th 2020
3010 Comments


yeah song is pretty bad

UnknownOne
December 17th 2020
98 Comments


"it's kinda weird when somebody gets so defensive over the idea of calling out domestic abuse"

Hypocrisy is pathetic, more like.

heck
December 17th 2020
5373 Comments


which is apparently a bigger sin to you than beating women.

no hypocrisy on my part either way, since I've never committed domestic abuse unlike the person I'm calling out.

evilford
December 17th 2020
48097 Comments


take the L bro [2]

Itwasthatwas
December 17th 2020
3010 Comments


I didn’t realize there were fans that didn’t know why they broke up so I guess it was topical.

Maybe it makes me a bad person, but I’m still gonna listen to black future and hvis lyset and storm of the lights bane and massive conspiracy against all life and all the other albums I like regardless of who made them

botb
December 17th 2020
14234 Comments


Maybe the most overrated sput band

DavidYowi
December 17th 2020
312 Comments


@Itwasthatwas You can still listen to it, just don't give them money

parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


>Maybe the most overrated sput band

honestly?

its up there, but prob not THE #1

Narcho123
December 17th 2020
32 Comments


Always thought this band was overrated. 73 minutes of noodley thrash metal must be compensating for something.

Narcho123
December 17th 2020
32 Comments


But the art and the artist debate is an interesting one, and I'm not ashamed to take the "edgy" position. David Bowie fucked a 13 yo and I acknowledge it's fucked up but I still think he's the greatest artist of his generation.

BigBlob
December 17th 2020
5600 Comments


boring song tbh

JustJoe.
December 17th 2020
10237 Comments


did someone say “more like deactivate” yet

JustJoe.
December 17th 2020
10237 Comments


i didn’t listen to the song

someone
December 17th 2020
1617 Comments


i didn't, heck did

JustJoe.
December 17th 2020
10237 Comments


lol oh heck

Lichtbringer
December 17th 2020
511 Comments


Pretty good song.

zaruyache
December 17th 2020
23408 Comments


vox sound like if King Gizzard tried harsh vox as a joke, unsurprising he'd ruin his voice with all those pinched squeaks.

heck unironically doing the lord's work tho

Senetrix666
December 17th 2020
362 Comments


Song sucks but the bass is sick. All bass should be that loud

parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


senetrix i got u fam click this

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

Detective Dan
December 17th 2020
240 Comments


It sounds like a generic thrash band trying to do a Vektor cover.

bigguytoo9
December 17th 2020
912 Comments


Cryptic Shift mop the floor with these guys.

bloc
December 17th 2020
64367 Comments


Decent song, I dig it. Def more simplified compared to previous shit.

JWT155
December 17th 2020
14701 Comments


Solid track. Not surprised by the comments.

secondsun
December 17th 2020
23 Comments


boy i do not like the change in vocals here, tho i'm hardly surprised that the dude's voice is supposedly fucked from the old style.

song is meh otherwise although its at least not 7 minutes long

vermillionZ
December 17th 2020
353 Comments


Awesome song, glad they're back.
Also funny how people are still mad at David for throwing a pillow at his wife.

zaruyache
December 17th 2020
23408 Comments


you might wanna re-read all the shit his wife said he did bud it's a bit worse than " OwO meanie daddy pillow fight "

Darius The Imposter
December 17th 2020
22747 Comments


yeah he threw a pillow...


and also beat her

and also strangled her

and also confined her in the basement

and also threatened to kill her numerous times


but nah you do your conjectures bro ur fave trash metal is back fuck human beings amirite

DePlazz
December 17th 2020
2560 Comments


"Fuck DiSanto and any current music he puts out, and fuck Erik Nelson for rejoining this band. He had an out when him, Frank Chin, and Blake Anderson quit in 2016. He has to know what kind of a person DiSanto is, and the fact that he's still helping DiSanto out is repugnant."

People tend to forget or not know why everyone quit the band back in 2016 in the first place. DiSanto's behavior or personality was not the main reason, or at least not the only one.
Also people tend to forget there's always more than one side to a story.

Anyway, it's a damn shame Vektor threads can't be just about the music no more.

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vermillionZ
December 17th 2020
353 Comments


Those are all allegations, nothing more. Erik released a statement after re-joining the band that made it sound like his wife isn't Honest. If you and your infinite wisdom wanna cancel everyone just because of allegations that's fine, to me people are innocent until proven guilty. The pillow throw video is all the evidence, and it's been completely blown out of proportion.

InFlamesWeThrash666
December 17th 2020
9925 Comments


Boring track

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TundraL5Z
December 17th 2020
5613 Comments


The band broke up, almost been eviscerated from the landscape for DiSanto's accusations, and still came out with a song faster than the gap between Outer Isolation and Terminal Redux, I call this is a win. Tbh I was so used to DiSanto's raspy vocals that I didnt think he was capable of this type of more normal vocal style lol

heck
December 17th 2020
5373 Comments


surprised it took this long to get one of these asinine tHeY'rE jUsT aLlEgAtIoNs smoothbrains

Lasseg
December 17th 2020
72 Comments


Cancel culture ACTIVATE!
In all seriousness domestic abuse is not ok, yeah

Anthracks
December 17th 2020
6655 Comments


allegation
[ˌaləˈɡāSH(ə)n]
NOUN
allegations (plural noun)
a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2020
15456 Comments


Nice riff package as expected. I'm glad the lads are still out around despite the lineup changes.

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DePlazz
December 17th 2020
2560 Comments


Notrap bringing shit back down to business, yeah.

Track is actually intricate enough, for those that care to listen.

parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


its pretty weak tbh

though i do appreciate that its not 9 minutes long

Egarran
December 17th 2020
19968 Comments


I find it intellectually stimulating to have a controversial opinion about this.

botb
December 17th 2020
14234 Comments


Idk why everyone thinks it’s controversial to not want to listen to a band because they have members that are pieces of shit. Like if you can separate it that’s tight you do you but this band was always 3/5 territory for me so it’s easier to just not support them lol

Egarran
December 17th 2020
19968 Comments


The point, although well hidden, was that liking Vektor is controversial bc now it implies supporting domestic abuse.

Kusangii
December 17th 2020
3066 Comments


Surprisingly boring tbh

BigPleb
December 17th 2020
61663 Comments


Boring song tbh, quite generic by Vektor standards too.

Madbutcher3
December 17th 2020
2752 Comments


also the comparison with dissection is not the same because jon nodtveidt is dead and is not in a position to profit off this stuff. obviously the art may still be informed by the same ideology anyway but it doesn't benefit him to have people buy it or not when he's in the grave

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Thalassic
December 17th 2020
5284 Comments


Anyway, the crux of the matter is that this song is extremely disappointing (and I loved Vektor's previous musical output)

MEDIOCRE

WretchedCacophony
December 17th 2020
2058 Comments


People get so sensitive about abuse...

It happened, hopefully he was punished, he repented, and he will never do it again.

Tim Lambesis went to prison for a few years for what he did. It sucks people do what they do, but don't act like there's no redemption...

Narcho123
December 17th 2020
32 Comments


Dissection also has strong ties to national socialism. I'm not self-righteous enough to let most personal crimes interfere with the appraisal of art, but fascism will definitely color my perception.

Thalassic
December 17th 2020
5284 Comments


I can for sure get that someone's enjoyment of art is tied to his/her moral beliefs. And I can definitely understand that someone won't be comfortable with financially supporting a band that has a certain amount of sketchiness surrounding it, even if just one musician in that band turns out to be of issue. At the same time you can't really expect everyone to have the same internal moral conflict. And you can judge someone else's stance regarding these issues, but when push comes to shove you can't really expect them to care. At the end of the day people will just go about their business and do as they please.

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
December 17th 2020
6801 Comments


fun song, but yeah hopefully they come out with something in line with their previous output. feels like it's missing something with those vocals.

Demon of the Fall
December 17th 2020
17995 Comments


I haven’t listened to this because I’m scared it won’t live up to my expectations...
Time to pull off that plaster.

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Egarran
December 17th 2020
19968 Comments


It was unexpected for me and that worked

Demon of the Fall
December 17th 2020
17995 Comments


Yeah it’s decent instrumentally, I’m not completely on board with the vox though.

DungeonBoy
December 17th 2020
8060 Comments


[2]

DePlazz
December 17th 2020
2560 Comments


From what I hear they're tuned in E now, which is half a step down from their previous stuff. This automatically darkens the register somewhat and would be consistent with DiSanto's vocal cords not being up to the usual shrieking challenge anymore.
Bass is really heavy as well.

Demon of the Fall
December 17th 2020
17995 Comments


If this is material being released as part of a split EP, then I’m hoping they have more up their sleeve for the solo stuff. If so I wouldn’t say this is discouraging, as long as they can make the vox work.

parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


the vocals are not the weakest part, they sound like some german 80s stuff almost

DePlazz
December 17th 2020
2560 Comments


Yay, music is being discussed.
I'd say technically this is up to par, only they're not stepping out of their comfort zone as far as songwriting is concerned, no adventurous stuff there. Aesthetically this is a bit bland compared to their previous stuff. They should be capable of more.

DungeonBoy
December 17th 2020
8060 Comments


agreed, dude. The scope of Terminal Redux in songwriting and storytelling was pretty massive, so where do you go from there? I'd be happy with an Outer Isolation part II tbh

StarsDie
December 17th 2020
71 Comments


allegation
[ˌaləˈɡāSH(ə)n]
NOUN
allegations (plural noun)
a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof.

Yeah, if anyone has any actual hard evidence of the stuff it is claimed that he did besides the original video of him throwing a pillow and punching a wall, please share it with everyone. Actually try to ya know, convince people who are skeptical; and not just demand everyone fall in line with a principle of believing all accusations.

DungeonBoy
December 17th 2020
8060 Comments


welcome to 2020 man, things don't just go away these days, not saying they should or shouldn't but it's the reality we live in.

heck
December 17th 2020
5373 Comments


"It happened, hopefully he was punished, he repented, and he will never do it again."

when you have to preface that with "hopefully", your point is moot.

Scoot
December 17th 2020
20380 Comments


3.5 at best

they sound like havok

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DungeonBoy
December 17th 2020
8060 Comments


I got havok vibes too from the new song, not what I was expecting

parksungjoon
December 17th 2020
25690 Comments


>they sound like havok

so more like 2.0 at best then?

rockarollacola
December 18th 2020
526 Comments


Generic Vektor is still pretty solid.

Eons
December 18th 2020
2897 Comments


vocals are terrible

DivergentThinking
December 18th 2020
6896 Comments


Abuse aside, this song is also really fucking disappointing. Seriously, I’m kinda shocked that this is the same band that put out those other records. As stated above, it basically sounds like a shitty Havok clone trying to imitate Vektor

XfingTheSullen
December 18th 2020
4539 Comments


The new vox should make it more stomachable for all those Metallica fans that kept bitching about the vox earlier

DivergentThinking
December 18th 2020
6896 Comments


Also, for anyone wondering how this sounds like Havok, just listen to the first 30 seconds of their song Point of No Return

DivergentThinking
December 18th 2020
6896 Comments


https://youtu.be/EKEczFstoPI

naughtcturnal
December 18th 2020
1691 Comments


more like vekturd

parksungjoon
December 18th 2020
25690 Comments


damn necrotica you know your thrash

you are right btw, obv

DivergentThinking
December 19th 2020
6896 Comments


Yeah, thrash is one of my favorite metal genres :]

parksungjoon
December 19th 2020
25690 Comments


well you'll be happy to anticipate the list i've got cooking then :]

secondsun
December 19th 2020
23 Comments


wow of all the Vektor songs people would want to die on this hill for yall are choosing this one huh

parksungjoon
December 19th 2020
25690 Comments


u mean the defeners?

RaylanCrowder
December 19th 2020
121 Comments


Too bad this guy turned out to be an abusive cunt

Darius The Imposter
December 19th 2020
22747 Comments


Like if you can separate it that’s tight you do you but this band was always 3/5 territory for me so it’s easier to just not support them lol [2]

Song is meh at best anyways, pre content just forgetting about this band tbh

Egarran
December 19th 2020
19968 Comments


Come on Darius we all know ur degenerate as fuck

combustion07
December 23rd 2020
7772 Comments


I've only really listened to Black Future more than once and Asteroid is the only track that stayed in rotation. Saw them live and they played Terminal in full and I yelled Asteroid in the voice and got them to do it as the encore. I was happy about that although dude does seem like a real jerk based on reading this thread. That said I do like this song quite a bit. Something just clicked with me and I'm a sucker for prominent bass in metal.

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Faenrir
January 12th 2021
955 Comments


Trolls everywhere.
They 5 murderers albums but diss on Vektor because of a pillow fight.

Let's talk about music here, we don't care about your BS opinions on their personal lives.

Anyway, song is cool. Not their best obviously but you can hear there's much more going on than in most bands songs still.
Can't wait for the full release tbh. Even if it's not as good as Black Future or Terminal Redux, it sounds like it's going to be good.

Demon of the Fall
January 12th 2021
17995 Comments


Murder and church burning is just so much more m/

heck
January 12th 2021
5373 Comments


what's it like living in that alternate universe, fae

heck
January 18th 2021
5373 Comments


there's a lot more to it than a "pillow fight", but you know that, Dave.

combustion07
January 18th 2021
7772 Comments


I forgot about this track. As I mentioned above I don't really return to any of the Vektor albums but upon jamming again I think this is probably my favorite of their songs. Bass here is so nasty and I enjoy the fretwork a ton. Especially the end of that solo



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