by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Vektor at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Vektor

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.

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Stream "Ultimate Artificer" and check out tour dates below...

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Voivod/Vektor -- 2016 Tour Dates
2/6 Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom*
2/7 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre*
2/8 Philadelphia, PA @ TBA*
2/9 Morgantown, WV @ Mainstage*
2/10 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar*
2/11 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony*
2/12 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club*
2/13 Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
2/14 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter*
2/16 Raleigh, NC @ Kings*
2/18 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre*
2/19 Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Co.*
2/20 Ybor City, FL @ The Orpheum*
2/21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
2/22 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse*
2/23 Newport, KY @ Southgate House*
2/24 Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub*
2/25 Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill*
2/26 St Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam*
2/27 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room*
2/28 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird#
2/29 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar#
3/1 Valpariso, IN @ Big Shots#
3/2 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar#
3/3 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch#
3/4 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club#
3/5 Hamilton, ON @ This Aint Hollywood#

* - w/ Eight Bells
# - w/ Black Fast