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Sci-fi or die! - 94%

Apocolocyntosis, August 5th, 2015

Riffs. Holy riffs. Vektor have got serious talent. Within seconds of putting on Black Future you are bound to have your face melted by the most powerful riffs in the cosmos. Vektor knows how to shred fast and shred well. This is an album full of powerful riffs and lead guitar work. The amount of speed and precision displayed by Vektor is mind bending. Every single song on this album is a dose of sci-fi fueled progressive thrash that is utterly inimitable.

The most obvious unique factor of Vektor might be lead singer David DiSanto’s vocal style; he has a raspy growl that he can turn up into a high-pitched falsetto screech. It is immediately impressive upon first listen and is a great accompaniment to the instrumentation. The raspy growls give it the edge that one would expect from modern extreme metal and the shrieks pay homage to thrash bands of past eras. That being said, they are truly unique vocals and make listening to Vektor a fresh experience.

David DiSanto’s talents don’t end with his vocal prowess - he is also one of the band’s guitarists. The guitars on Black Future sound great, both the distortion and clean tone. You can easily make out the precision with which each note is hit. It all makes listening to Vektor’s riffs all the more pleasing. The riffs found here are not your run of the mill thrash riffs repeated over and over again. These are fresh and fast. Vektor could riff circles around nearly any other thrash band out there. Just listen to the intro to track six “Deoxyribonucleic Acid” and hear the incredibly fast hammer-ons and pull-offs. Or listen to the end of track three “Destroying the Cosmos” and listen to the tremolo picking the guitar solo flows into right before the song ends. Every song on Black Future has riffs that make you feel like you are flying through the stars at the speed of light.

The drumming is just as talented as the other aspects on the album. Blake Anderson manages to do it all: he plays complex patterns, champions time changes, unleashes blast beats, and executes tasteful fills. It is all fast, precise, and impressive, and compliments the instrumentation. The bass guitar is also spot on, and though it doesn’t get to be in the spotlight quite like the guitars do, it fills out the sound and completes the band.

All of the songs break from the traditional thrash school of songwriting and are definitely influenced by a more progressive structure. The riffs are creative and not overused or overly repetitious. They serve to tell a musical story on each song and it is this musical narrative that makes this rather long album feel quite short. Each song has a clear direction, Vektor never finds themselves meandering or wandering, wondering where to take their song. Like plotting coordinates through hyperspace, there is always a destination.

All the complementary elements of Black Future make it work very well. Their unique style and memorable songs make this is a must-have thrash album. Hell, it is a must-have metal album, for that matter! Vektor is playing some of the best thrash in the galaxy, so don’t miss out.