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2011 sophomore album from the Metal band. With the release of their debut album Black Future in November 2009, Vektor's arrival sent shockwaves throughout the Metal world that were felt in all courses of the globe. Having set such a high standard for themselves with Black Future, the band pulled up their sleeves to meet the challenges and begin recording Outer Isolation in June 2011. With Black Future being hailed by many as an instant classic, the tetrastructural ensemble have a lot to live up to, and Outer Isolation will deliver! With their sights set at galactic conquest, VEKTOR employs an array of intricacy, virtuosity and a wholly unique sound which few of their peers can claim.
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One of the coolest things about Vektor is the lyrics. Thrash metal probably already has some of the greatest, most intellectual lyrics of the different genres of metal, but Vektor is way above most other artists. They're like a group of philosophic science-fiction authors with godly guitar skills. Awesome.
Most people talk about Vektor only in terms of their influences, which I will not mention here. Why? Because they are their own band. They're unique. No one else really does exactly what they do. And that's what's great about them.
By the way, this album includes remakes of Tetrastructural Minds (AWESOME), Fast Paced Society, and Venus Project from their earlier demo Demolition. If you listened to those on the demo (limited, you'll be hard pressed to find it now) or YouTube, just know that they are even better than before, and produced in much higher quality.
Outer Isolation fixes this problem. It isn't without its faults. Sometimes tracks could have stood to have been tightened up, and are a bit indulgent. But for the most part, this album is a fantastic progression beyond Black Future. It brings out the most fruitful possibilities from Black Future and develops them into a fully unique character and a genuinely new Vektor-ian conception of metal. Voivod is still a comparison point to some vague extent, but only in the vaguest sense. Vektor has really figured out a new style. Clever riffing, unexpected harmonic and melodic work, and solid development. Far better integration of punkish elements with the more technical riffing that Vektor is impressively adept at, giving the music a sense of fun and energy alongside proficiency and skill.
This album is a fantastic achievement. A massive improvement over their last, and I hope Vektor can continue down this path in the future.