VEKTOR: ‘Ultimate Artificer’ Song Premiere


The first track from sci-fi thrashers VEKTOR‘s highly-anticipated third album has landed.  “Ultimate Artificer” is taken from ‘Terminal Redux’, which is due out in March 2016 via Earache Records.  Ahead of the album release, Philadelphia-based VEKTOR will be hitting the road for their first ever European tour, followed by a North American tour supporting VOIVOD in early 2016. Song can be heard below.

VEKTOR vocalist/guitarist David DiSanto comments:

“We wanted to come out of the gates full force and showcase a song that represented the album accurately.  ‘Terminal Redux’ covers a lot of ground so it wasn’t an easy decision.  In my opinion, this song is right in the middle of the pendulum swing between the ultra-heavy thrash and the more proggy/experimental elements of the album.  It’s only the tip of the iceberg!  Since this is a concept album, each song is a different chapter in the story.  As the fifth track, ‘Ultimate Artificer’ introduces a pivotal point within the story without giving away the beginning or end.”

Following on from where previous album, ‘Outer Isolation’, left off – VEKTOR have written their first full concept album.  ‘Terminal Redux’ tells the story of a test subject and his rise to power within the all-controlling Cygnus Regime.  His ultimate goal is to restore balance within the galaxy by controlling the ebb and flow of life and death.  After regaining his position as a top-ranking General, he incites a coup within Cygnus and takes command of their forces.  However, as time passes, it becomes clear to him that power is just an illusion.

As well as letting their imaginations flow free lyrically, VEKTOR have also embraced some unusual audio elements during the recording of ‘Terminal Redux’.  The band enlisted the vocal assistance of a group of Philadelphia soul singers to contribute additional texture to the riff-heavy thrash opus.  The finishing touches are currently being applied to the album following writing and recording sessions at the band’s home studio, as well as Panther Pro-Audio in Philadelphia, with additional mixing courtesy of Byron Filson at Villain Studios in Arizona.

Full tour dates:

Nov. 21 – Nantes, France – Ferrailleur
Nov. 22 – Paris, France – Glazart
Nov. 23 – Luynes, France – Korigan
Nov. 25 – Brescia, Italy – Colony
Nov. 26 – Rome, Italy – Traffic Club
Nov. 27 – Prato, Italy – Exenzia
Nov. 28 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Gaswerk
Nov. 29 – Prague, Czech Republic – Modra Vopice
Nov. 30 – Vienna, Austria – Escape
Dec. 01 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orto Bar
Dec. 02 – Munich, Germany – Backstage
Dec. 03 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VZA Pfarrheim
Dec. 04 – Oberhausen, Germany – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting (VEKTOR only)
Dec. 05 – Cottbus, Germany – Gladhouse
Dec. 06 – Hamburg, Germany – Knust
Dec. 08 – Uppsala, Sweden – Cursed
Dec. 09 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Truckstop Alaska
Dec. 10 – Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
Dec. 12 – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Eindhoven Metal Meeting
Dec. 13 – London, UK – The Black Heart

Feb. 06 – Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom
Feb. 07 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Feb. 08 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Feb. 09 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage
Feb. 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
Feb. 11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony
Feb. 12 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
Feb. 13 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Feb. 14 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Feb. 16 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
Feb. 18 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Feb. 19 – Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co.
Feb. 20 – Ybor City, FL – The Orpheum
Feb. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Feb. 22 – Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
Feb. 24 – Chicago, IL – The Abbey Pub
Feb. 25 – Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
Feb. 26 – St. Paul, MN – The Amsterdam
Feb. 27 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Feb. 28 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird*
Feb. 29 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar*
Mar. 01 – Valpariso, IN – Big Shots*
Mar. 02 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar*
Mar. 03 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch*
Mar. 04 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club*
Mar. 05 – Hamilton, ON – This Ain’t Hollywood*
* = VEKTOR and BLACK FAST supporting VOIVOD