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TERMINAL REDUX

Vektor

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.89 | 119 ratings

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5 stars Vektor perfected their style and released the best thrash metal album of all time.

I have never been a big fan of the so called 'Thrash Metal' but somehow Vektor can keep this style interesting. The style is basically the same as from the 2 previous albums but with better production, better riffs and better songwriting.

This, like the previous releases take some time to get into. At first the songs seem like a mess since the riffs, tempos and beats vary very quickly. The vocals are 'horrible' as well, so get used to them! But once you have listened to the album a couple of times, the passages seem more clear and the vocals fit the music quite fantastically.

This is a concept album so the songs are fitted with each other quite well. The two opening songs: 'Charging the Void' and 'Cygnus Terminal' open the album superbly. The power and energy that the band delivers is unmatched by any band that I know of. The riffs drive the songs onwards, going to quick breaks and finally to climaxes.

The style presented in the first two songs is pretty much continued through the album. It's a very loud record and the middle section is the weakest part of the album. However the last two songs; 'Collapse' and 'Recharding the Void' punish you with the proggiest work Vektor have done yet. 'Collapse' features beautiful clean passages and much more melodic approach to the riffs. 'Recharging the Void' is quite possibly the best track on the album, as the songwriting is very strong here. This is the most coherent track I would argue. There are no unnecessary tempo changes and the riffs are very melodic and the guitar solo around 5 minute mark is gorgeous. Funnily enough the album ends with some Pink Floyd type of clean vocal/female choir passage that is very beautiful as the album concept has reached its end, it bursts into melodic riffing and beautiful lead guitar work. The final 6 minutes of the album is just so good that you have to listen to it yourself.

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