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  • Audio CD (Nov. 22 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa8c8187c) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c3a480) out of 5 stars Classic. Nov. 27 2011
By Fernando Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
Another classic from an extremely talented band. This is a worthy follow up to 2009's Black Future. If you are a fan of metal, progressive music or both definitely check this out. It is not easy to swallow for everybody at first but give it enough listens and you will be bowing down eventually. This is a masterpiece.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c3a888) out of 5 stars Another fantastic album from Vektor Jan. 8 2012
By Mercury - Published on Amazon.com
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At first I didn't think this was as good as Black Future, but after some closer listening the album has really grown on me, just like the first one. It's technical. It's spacey. It's epic. It's Vektor.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c3a7b0) out of 5 stars I didn't want to believe the hype.. Dec 28 2011
By En Sabah Nur - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the title says, I usually find myself let down by bands (or anything for that matter) that have too much hype revolving around them. Especially when it's early in their career. Now, this is their only album I own. I downloaded it on a whim because it was cheap. I must say that I was blown away. Technical, uber fast, sci-fi thrash... what more can you ask for??? Not many bands in the nu-thrash scene stand out and set themselves apart from the rest, but Vektor sure does. I described them to a friend as Death meets Kreator on speed and steroids. And that is still a vague description. Like I said before, they do stand out with their own thrash sound. I will be downloading Black Future asap, and I recommend this cd for any thrash fan who wants a little something different and is tired of the same regurgitated music. Do it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c3a6a8) out of 5 stars Impressed. Nov. 24 2011
By Seth Mcarron - Published on Amazon.com
I just went through my first spin of this album, and Jesus, it was a blast. This is my first introduction to Vektor and I'll definitely be returning for more, as well as checking out Black Future. These guys really play in syncopation, and the songs are all very structured and constantly entertaining. Their sound never becomes tiresome or taxing due to it's exciting and balanced amount of highs and lows (sonically speaking) and even after the 51+ minute duration of the album, I'm more than happy to start the thing over again. The production is excellent, it packs a real punch and has just the right amount of grit to avoid sounding over-produced. If you thought Thrash Metal consisted of nothing but Anthrax revivalists you're sorely mistaken, Vektor do justice to the genre by reminiscing over it's past and pointing towards it's future. Overall a very solid album and I'm sure with time my four star rating will no doubt turn to a five. Buy this album.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8c3abd0) out of 5 stars Vektor finds their own sound. April 10 2012
By Clint Simkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I enjoyed Black Future, I couldn't help but get tired of it after a few listens due to the fact that it lacked consistency and coherency in its song-writing. Some Coroner-esque riffing here, some Voivod-esque dissonance there, some more punkish riffs thrown in as well, but all in all I found the album to be too much of a jumble of influences.

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.

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