Entries tagged with: Vektor
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Vektor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Philadelphia prog-thrash band Vektor will be touring with Voivod and Eight Bells next year. We recently discussed new music from both of their tourmates, but haven't pointed out that Vektor also have a new album on the way called Terminal Redux, due 3/11 via Earache. They're streaming a song called "Ultimate Artificer" in advance of that.
"Ultimate Artifice" is a tight, relentless riff machine that comes at you from all angles. Vektor are one of the few modern thrash bands that seem even mildly interested in pushing the genre in new directions, and the band's prog chops, unusually strong sense of melody, and experimental approach to song construction are all on full display here. That and about a metric ton of amazing riffs. If this is any indication, Terminal Redux is an album to look out for in 2016, and if it wasn't already clear, that Voivod tour is absolutely stacked.
Thirsting for more new metal? As always, Invisible Oranges has a run-down of the newest heavy releases.
Stream "Ultimate Artificer" and check out tour dates below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Portland experimental doom trio Eight Bells are preparing a new album called Landless which is out February 12 on Battleground and was produced by the legendary Billy Anderson. They're now streaming the first song from Landless, which is called "Hating." The song plays like a refinement of what Eight Bells did more long-windedly on their last album The Captain's Daughter. There's a classical doom feel to this that's wedded to a modern sense of progressiveness, with reverb-y harmonies and organ melding creating a vivid contrast with the driving, powerful drumming of new member Rae Amitay. It's good stuff, and you can stream it below.
Eight Bells will soon be heading out on that previously-mentioned tour with Voivod and Vektor that hits NYC for a show at Gramercy Theatre on 2/7 (tickets) and then NJ at the Stone Pony on 2/11 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Rae, the new drummer, is the Chicago-based musician who also drums for Thrawsunblat and fronts the excellent death/grind band Immortal Bird. Immortal Bird released their debut LP Empress/Abcess this year which, if you missed it, is an absolutely vicious series of catchy, grindy rippers. The band wears its influences (as IO notes, Converge and Pig Destroyer come most quickly to mind) proudly, but executes at such a high level that you're too busy headbanging to notice.
Stream the new Eight Bells song (via Noisey) and the Immortal Bird album below...
photo: Voivod at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Canadian prog-thrash greats Voivod toured North America with Napalm Death earlier this year, and now they're on the road with them (plus Carcass and Obituary too) in Europe. After that Voivod will do another North Amrican run, this time as headliners with support from Vektor (who take some clear influence from Voivod). Additional support on the first leg comes from Portland's eccentric, mostly-instrumental Eight Bells.
That leg hits NYC on February 7 at Gramercy Theatre and the nearby Asbury Park on February 11 at The Stone Pony. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Earlier this year, Voivod released a split with At The Gates. Stream their contribution from that, with the list of tour dates, below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Eyehategod @ Acheron - 7/15/14
Louisiana sludge legends Eyehategod hit the Acheron Tuesday night (7/15) for the final show of their tour with Strong Intention and Iron Reagan. Unfortunately Vektor, who were also on the tour, had to cancel their set because one of their members was vomiting uncontrollably, but the rest of the show was brutal and varied as planned.
Strong Intention kicked it off with a fierce set that toggled effortlessly between grinding blast-beats and slower grooves. I was unfamiliar with these guys going in, but they've been doing it for a long time (since 1993) and they really knocked me back with how tight they were and how quickly their rippers got to the point.
Iron Reagan were next, and they played a longer set than usual to make up for Vektor's absence. Those dudes know how to throw a party. They had the small space at the Acheron moshing in short order, their frenzied blasts of crossover thrash whipping everybody into party mode. The band is insanely fast and tight but come armed with a sense of loose metal fun that defines the proceedings. They write extremely catchy riffs and grooves, and that comes through on stuff like the particularly tasty new song "Miserable Failure" and the set-closer "Eat Shit and Live." The band is really a sight live, the hair of the three string-players whipping around in perfect unison. They played a couple covers towards the end, ripping through a Cannibal Corpse song (not to be confused with Cannabis Corpse, with whom they share a member) before singer Tony Foresta declared, "Fuck it, we're in New York, we'll play a Cro-Mags song." That one really got the crowd going, not that they weren't already.
Iron Reagan would normally be a tough live act to follow, but Eyehategod had no problems. "This is the perfect tour for us. I hate touring with bands that rip off Eyehategod" slurred Mike IX Williams in the middle of their set. In contrast to the speed demons that came before, Eyehategod stumbled across the stage for their whole set, but in their fucked-upness lies their power. It seemed like the audience was drunkenly swaying with them, and the small room by then was unbearably packed and sweaty (in that good way). It was basically a madhouse as they played for over an hour, thick feedback accommodating every pause, Williams pouring Vodka into the eager mouths of those in the front row. The sludge was so thick you couldn't cut it with knife, and the Acheron provided the appropriately filthy atmosphere for the music. The band have such a great back catalog of music to grab from, and they mixed new material with classics like "Dixie Whiskey" and "White Nigger." The whole thing was loose, huge, and intoxicated, which is what I had expected and hoped for from an Eyehategod show.
More pictures below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod at Europa - 6/7/14 (photo by Blair Hopkins)
Its show at Club Europa, in Brooklyn, on Saturday night, fell in line with the last three I've seen by the band, before and after Mr. LaCaze's death from respiratory failure in August. It was an extended family of riffs, played over the new drummer Aaron Hill's weaving, swinging drum patterns, and under the singer Mike IX Williams's wretched howl and crinkly-eyed, mirthless smile. It was low-end body music, half-slovenly, half-graceful, impossibly deep -- music for moving to in fluid motion.Watch a full set video (by Frank Huang, via Metal Injection) below.
Now the band has announced another NYC show to happen at The Acheron on July 15 with thrashers Iron Reagan, Vektor and Strong Intention. Here's the event page, tickets are on sale. Grab 'em up while you can.
Eyehategod's self-titled fifth full-length came out a little over a week ago, the last with founding drummer Joey LaCaze, who passed away in 2013. Stream the single 'Robitussin and Rejection" below, with the Europa video and remaining current tour dates, below...
Inter Arma at Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 day party (more by Greg Cristman)
After part of the docket was revealed last week, Scion Rock Fest have announced the entirety of their 2013 lineup which happens in Memphis Tennessee on June 1. Testament and Melvins claim the top slots, while additional bands announced for the fest are Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed (!), Corrosion of Conformity, The Casualties, Negative Approach, Pallbearer, Six Feet Under, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Royal Thunder, Vektor, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Touché Amoré, Code Orange Kids, The Gates of Slumber, Hot Lunch, Rotting Out, The Shrine, Ice Dragon, Call of the Void (who recently played NYC), Subrosa, Gigan, Anciients, Dirty Streets, Inter Arma, Complete Failure, Indian Handcrafts and Noisem.
SRF is free but RSVP (which opens on April 10) is required.
In related news, Inter Arma, who recently played the Invisible Oranges Day Party at The Jr (pictures HERE), have been announced, along with Sannhet, as support for the NYC date of the Intronaut tour, set for Saint Vitus on June 15. Tickets are on sale.
If you missed it, pictures from the official Invisible Oranges SXSW night showcase are available HERE, featuring shots of Pallbearer, John Baizley with Mel from Royal Thunder and Bruce Lamont, Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, KEN Mode and Homewrecker.
Check out a video from Inter Arma's daytime set below...
Vektor at Saint Vitus last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Technical thrash crew Vektor kicked off a round of dates with an appearance at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last night (Feb 14). The band was joined by 15-string brutality from Behold... The Arctopus, the lackluster Vaporizer, and discordant death-metal headscratchers Pyrrhon. Though there were many thrash fans at Best Buy to catch Testament/Overkill across town and still others sharing Valentine's Day with their loved one, Saint Vitus had an impressive number of fans for a Thursday night (insert tired glory hole joke here).
Check out more pictures and some video from the anti-Valentine's Day at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Vektor at Saint Vitus, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Awwww, how romantic! Spend Valentine's Day with your significant other checking out some progressive thrash by none other than Vektor. The Philly crew is preparing to hit the road for a string of dates and will team with Behold... The Arctopus for a show at Saint Vitus on February 14. Tickets are on sale. Full tour schedule for Vektor is below.
In related news, Colin Marston is also busy with Krallice, who have a show coming up as well. The band will celebrate the vinyl release of Years Past Matter with special guests Sacristy and Imperial Triumphant at Acheron on March 2. Tickets are on sale.
All Vektor dates and some streams by Krallice & Vektor are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Vektor at Saint Vitus, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Always something up their sleeve, Saint Vitus has rolled out another set of bangers for the new year. We already discussed shows with Torche, Deafheaven/Sannhet, Yob and Woe, but here's a few more shows to help wipe away your paycheck.
Vektor will expertly unleash their razor-sharp progressive thrash on the crowds at Saint Vitus on a special Valentines Day (2/14), when they team with Behold... the Arctopus for a show at the venue. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of only a few dates scheduled for the now-Philadelphia thrash crew, check out all other dates below.
Crossover thrash legends DRI will hit the road for a string of dates in February, touring the US and eventually making it to Saint Vitus on 2/26. Tickets are on sale, and the full slate of dates is below.
All tour dates -- plus video -- are below.
photos by Greg Cristman
"Barney" Greenway of Napalm Death @ Gramercy Theatre, 10/27/2012
Grindcore pioneers Napalm Death played Gramercy Theatre on 10/27 with party-hearty thrashers Municipal Waste, death metal gore freaks Exhumed, and technical-metal favorites Vektor. Though Napalm's set was plagued with technical difficulties, the remainder of the bill delivered solid sets that got the crowd moving at the sold-out show. Pictures from the mosh/stage-dive-tastic event on Saturday adorn this post.
The show was one of three excellent heavy shows that Saturday before the storm, with the other two being Tombs/-16-/Serpentine Path/Pyrrhon at Saint Vitus and Boston Strangler/Perdition/Crazy Spirit/Waste Management/Prisoner Abuse at Acheron.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Napalm Death at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Municipal Waste, Napalm Death and Exhumed will team up for a US tour together (!), calling on a rotating support cast of Vektor (who just played Saint Vitus), Dayglo Abortions, Attitude Adjustment, Speedwolf, Repulsion (who will play POTR East) and Dwarves.
Look for them to hit Fun Fun Fun Fest along the way, and NYC is in the crosshairs for this mammoth tour, hitting Gramercy Theater on October 27 with Vektor on board as support. Tickets are on sale, and tour flyer and all listed tour dates are at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, Blag Dahlia of Dwarves will be in NYC very soon.
All dates and the MWaste tour flyer are below.
Vektor, ripping at Saint Vitus 8/12/2012
I am not, nor have I ever been, the biggest proponent of the Thrash Metal resurgence. Many of the bands that have come from this scene worship at the altar of some of the greats of the genre but barely have anything to add, instead settling for rehashed riffs that don't move the genre forward. Looking backward is cool, but looking backward and reinterpretting the past is much cooler. Vektor certainly does the latter.
The now-Philadelphia crew headlined Saint Vitus last night (8/12), joined only by support from Brooklyn's own Bezoar in the wake of a last minute cancellation by Soon. Vektor's set touched on favorites like Voivod, Kreator, Sodom and more during their approximately 90 minute set, with the crowd thrashing about and a moshpit parting the audience waters. I see good things for this band.
Bezoar, in their record-setting eleventh appearance at Saint Vitus, also ripped, albeit in an entirely different gothic-doom-meets-psychedelia way.
Pictures from Saint Vitus last night are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Gehenna at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
For those of you not at This is Hardcore this weekend, tonight's can't miss show at Acheron (8/10) will feature Gehenna, the California crew that hasn't blessed NYC since sharing the stage with Catharsis at CBGB's in 1997 (their set was eventually turned into the Eat, Fight, Fuck. Live At CBGB's split with their tourmates). The band will be joined by North Carolinian gods of hellfire hardcore Young and In The Way, death-doom rollers Ilsa, California's Skin like Iron and NYC troublemakers Psychic Limb. $10 gets you in.
The rest of the weekend has similarly interesting appearances. Saturday (8/11) will see a reunion of Shriner at Gramercy, though across town Tommy's Tavern will host Neo Cons (ex-86 Mentality) along with Swaath, Correspondences and more. And make sure and end your weekend with an appearance from prog-thrash favorites Vektor, who will hit Saint Vitus on Sunday
(8/12, tickets) along with Bezoar (who have a new-ish album) and Soon.
Satan's Satyrs will join Nightbitch, Balam and Syphilitic Lust for a show at Acheron on August 24. Flyer for the show is below. For those unfamiliar with the ripping styles of SS, stream some material below as well!
In other news, the previously discussed Red Fang/Black Tusk tour is a reality, and you can check out all dates below. The band play on Bowery Ballroom on November 11 (tickets) and Saint Vitus on November 12 (tickets).
All suggested shows for the next two weeks are below. What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Thrash crew Vektor will hit the road for a string of US tour dates that includes a stop in NYC at Saint Vitus on August 12 with Bezoar and more TBA. Tickets are on sale. Vektor's Outer Isolation was a favorite amongst the thrash-y prog set. Fans of Voivod (check their logo, clearly), take note.
Denton, TX hardcore crew Wiccans will hit NYC for a pair of shows at Tommys Tavern on 8/8 with Deformity, Radiation, Bastard Deceiver & Dead Reich and Acheron on 8/9 with Warthog, Nuclear Spring, Altered Boys and Shoxx. Download the latest Wiccans LP Skullduggery via mediafire and look for the new LP Field II soon via Katorga Works.
Two weeks worth of Evillive-approved shows and Vektor tour dates are listed below, along with streams and video.