Vektor
Terminal Redux


4.5
superb

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (213 Reviews)
May 12th, 2016 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prepare Uranus because this thing smashes.

It’s been 5 Earth years since Vektor released their previous album, “Outer Isolation” upon this world and in the intervening time, the band have shaped what could possibly be the best gift of thrash metal delivered by any band, modern or old-school, since the millennium. That’s how big this album is. Factually, the size of this album is of a 73 minute duration but through the wormhole of riffing, melodies and lyricism, “Terminal Redux” always has a firm grasp of your senses.

In space, no one can hear you scream… Unless you’re David DiSanto, he lets loose his lungs at a jaw dropping magnitude throughout “Terminal Redux”. The lyrical and vocal qualities that made Vektor’s past albums successful lose none of their potency here. The trademark rasps are present in all tracks and his alienating shrieks, like in ’Cygnus Terminal’ launch the songs into increased intensity, however the lyrics remain clarified due the album’s excellent production. His futuristic approach of storytelling in such a visionary way is unparalleled in the metal scene and what’s more impressive is that the music itself matches this galactic imagery.

For the most part of the album, Erik Nelson and DiSanto shred at a speed that could make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. Tracks like ‘LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)’ and ‘Pillars of Sand’ both have morphing melodies that twist unsubtly from eeriness to franticness however there are slower moments in “Terminal Redux” that allow the songs to take a breather and create space for the progressive elements of Vektor to materialise. The instrumental ‘Mountains Above The Sun’ is an obvious example with its starry melodies however it does serve as an excellent build up to ‘Ultimate Artificer’, which fires off at light speed immediately however it is also another track which exhibits the drifting moments. Each note in ‘Charging The Void’ mysterious interlude is executed with strong decisiveness and pinpoint accuracy.

Further credit has to go towards Vektor for being able to sound genuinely ‘heavy’ while playing instruments with their tuning turned up, not down. The whole band really is at their zenith on “Terminal Redux”. You could pick and chose songs that exemplify the meandering technicality of their riffs and harmonies but, frankly, every track fits that statement. During 'Pteropticon' Frank Chin’s bass sounds so audibly heavy it has its own gravitational pull and Blake Anderson’s octopoid drumming talent and blast beats throughout are spectacular.

The album’s two standout tracks come last. For the first time, DiSanto displays his clean vocals which exposes themselves to be in the same vein of Pink Floyd’s David Glimour which travels throughout the first half of the song. The second half is much like the rest of the album in that Vektor play at a furious velocity and completely annihilates anything in its way. The album closer, ‘Recharging The Void’ comprises of an entire album’s worth of ideas. From the explosive start, through a wormhole of interstellar riffing, solos and harmonies we arrive at DiSanto’s piercing screech. From then on it’s pure chaos that ends the album on an alarmingly intense level.

There’s a reason why no thrash band around today thinks to do what this band does: Vektor obviously hail from a superior world. SCI-FI OR DIE!



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zaruyache
May 12th 2016


25257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Prepare Uranus



u didnt just do that

wwf
May 12th 2016


7109 Comments


this review tho

Chamberbelain
May 12th 2016


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Would of posted the review earlier but it took me so long to express how stunning this album actually is into words.

Ebola
May 12th 2016


4383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mountains Above the a Sun is an intro to Ultimate Artificer, not Pteropticon. Good review otherwise, though.

bloc
May 12th 2016


68627 Comments


"Prepare Uranus"

Haha so fitting

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MeatSalad
May 12th 2016


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mountains leads into ultimate artificer, not pteropticon

MeatSalad
May 12th 2016


17567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got beat to it, SHIET

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 12th 2016


10386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great summary

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Chamberbelain
May 12th 2016


148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just corrected it, cheers. Glad you find the summary worthy.

zaruyache
May 12th 2016


25257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

there are some long/run-on sentences you might want to clean up, too.

SpiritCrusher2
May 12th 2016


6309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Prepare Uranus"



perfect

DoofusWainwright
May 12th 2016


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good summary have a pos

ChaoticVortex
May 12th 2016


1317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best summaries ever.

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
May 12th 2016


7484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, brilliant review and even better summary

PortalofPerfection
May 12th 2016


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love it.

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Superreallycool
May 13th 2016


134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

As others have already said, 10/10 review mate

Superreallycool
May 13th 2016


134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

As others have already said, 10/10 review mate

brainmelter
May 13th 2016


7883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uranus.

pos

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romulanrancor
May 13th 2016


7564 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Review Summary: Prepare Uranus because this thing smashes."



pos'd

AngryChristian
May 14th 2016


120 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The real reason that no thrash band today thinks of doing what these guys do is that so many metal bands (mainly in extreme metal more than any other genre) are totally content with not having a shred or originality.



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