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Vektor in Moscow, 2016
|Also known as||Locrian|
|Origin||Tempe, Arizona, United States|
|Genres||Thrash metal, progressive metal|
Vektor is an American thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona (and based in Philadelphia since 2012). The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.
Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.
Tempe, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2017 population of 185,038. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.
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Formed in December 2002 by the front man/guitarist David DiSanto, Vektor became popular in the Phoenix metal scene, with a musical style drawing influence from progressive metal and technical thrash and speed metal, with high-pitched screaming vocals. In 2006, Vektor released a demo entitled "Demolition", followed by a two track demo "Hunger for Violence" (2007). After four years of local and regional performances as the opening act for such national acts as Testament, Hirax, Iced Earth and Municipal Waste, Vektor embarked on a tour, alongside label mates Exmortus, in support of Black Future in December 2009 through January 2010. The band subsequently toured the US in June–August 2010 on their own. Their first full-length album, Black Future , was released on November 17, 2009, on Heavy Artillery Records.The band released its second album, Outer Isolation , on November 22, 2011, on the Heavy Artillery label. In 2012, the band signed with Earache Records after the label acquired Heavy Artillery's roster of artists.
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In the summer of 2012 Vektor went on a small headlining tour, and in November opened on an extended tour with Napalm Death, Municipal Waste and Exhumed. In January 2013, the band played the Earache Records Showcase in California.
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The band played their first European show at Hellfest in June 2013. They embarked on their first full European headlining tour in November and December 2015 alongside Angelus Apatrida and Distillator which included an appearance at Eindhoven Metal Meeting and culminated in a show at the Camden Underworld in London.In early 2016, the band embarked on an American tour opening for Voivod. After the band's relocation to Philadelphia and several years of touring, their third album, Terminal Redux , a conceptual work with a runtime of over 70 minutes, was released on May 6, 2016.
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In June 2019, David DiSanto's wife, Katy DiSanto, came forward on social media accusing David of routine, long-term domestic abuse and violence. Katy detailed multiple instances of alcoholism-inspired incidents and abusive acts, which included one episode in Salt Lake City of him sexually assaulting her then locking her in a basement, and another in San Antonio where he strangled her in a hotel room, prompting neighboring lodgers to contact police. To corroborate herself, she supplied a video of David yelling at her and appearing to throw her on a bed, with a caption stating he did not want to clean up after his dog after it soiled inside the house;she also posted photos of damage of their house's interior that was attributed to David. Through the Philadelphia legal system, Katy has earned a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) against David.
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Black Future is the first full-length album recorded by the technical thrash metal band Vektor, released in 2009 on Heavy Artillery records with a special edition double vinyl LP release in 2010. Earache Records reissued the album in 2013.
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Outer Isolation is the second full-length album recorded by the band Vektor. It was released in 2011 on Heavy Artillery records. Earache Records reissued the album in 2012.
Demolition is the first full-length demo recorded by the thrash metal band Vektor. Although a self-released demo, it is occasionally regarded as the band's first full-length album, due to its 48-minute length. "Moonbase" is the only non-instrumental or interlude track without a revised version appearing on either of the band's first or second albums, Black Future and Outer Isolation.
Terminal Redux is the third album by the American technical thrash metal band Vektor, released on May 6, 2016. It is the band's first album released on Earache Records. The album is a concept album, which tells a sci-fi story about an astronaut finding the key to immortality and using it to gain vast political and financial power, but eventually experiencing an existential crisis as a result. Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter David DiSanto has also stated that the album is intended to serve as a concept album about the band itself. Terminal Redux is the final Vektor album to feature Erik Nelson, Frank Chin, and Blake Anderson, as all three left the band in December 2016.