Vektor – Terminal Redux May23

Vektor – Terminal Redux

If you’ve been following the metal scene at all over the last few years then it’s hard not to be even peripherally aware of Vektor. Their story began back in 2009 with Black Future, which despite its Voivodian aesthetics was much more than an exercise in artful plagiarism. Where Voivod’s underpinning is squarely in punk, Vektor’s sound moves past the prototypical progressive thrash metal formula by infusing it with elements of both black and death, resulting in a much more aggressive tone than their Canadian muse. Two years later, they reaffirmed their position as one of the most exciting bands in the thrash metal...

Dynamic Range Day 2016 May20

Dynamic Range Day 2016

The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on YouTube. Today is Dynamic Range Day! A day where the industry as a whole celebrates dynamics in music and where the holiday’s founder, Ian Shepherd, gives his annual keynote address. If you haven’t yet seen one of Ian’s live webcasts, you really should, as he is not only a fantastic speaker in his own right but also always has some interesting hands-on listening demo for your ears to feast on as well. Think of it like a TED Talk. It’s loads of fun and this year’s live webcast starts at 5:30PM EST today....

Black Future Vinyl Follow Up May13

Black Future Vinyl Follow Up

Five years after Outer Isolation, Arizona’s Vektor have finally returned with their latest, Terminal Redux. I imagine Alex will have something to say about this album and how good it is before too long (Oh I will. -Alex), but in the meantime, I thought it might be a good idea to go back to the beginning and take a look at the vinyl release of the band’s 2009 debut, Black Future. For those not already in the know, Vektor weaves some ‘80s thrash influences (particularly Voivod) together with more modern technical progressivism. Guitarist and vocalist David DiSanto’s blackened wails are coupled with interesting and fairly unique sonic...

Hit The Road Jack May09

Hit The Road Jack

Did you know that the 1/4 inch (6.35mm) jack was first popularized by early telephone operators in the late 19th century? Its original design, with that light fold out on the tip, was driven by the need for operators to be able to easily pull them in and out quickly but still get a secure connection. And that hasn’t really changed in over a century. However, its smaller 3.5mm variant didn’t become popular until the mid-20th century with the advent of the transistor radio. Audio manufacturers wanted to make headphones that were compatible with these smaller devices but obviously had a lot less real estate to work with than your...

…And Justice For Sound? May03

…And Justice For Sound?

If you follow our Angry Metal-Fi series, you know what I generally think of remasters (Honestly guys, you really have no idea. -Alex). While there are some rare exceptions where a carefully done remaster can actually improve on an old classic – the recent FDR release of Carcass’ Heartwork being a prime example – the vast majority of the time remasters are just a cheap and easy way to hype up what would otherwise be an uninteresting reissue with phony promises of better sound. In reality, they are usually much worse than the originals because old records must be “louderized” in order to compete with modern Loudness...

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner May02

Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner

Cult of Luna are one of those bands that are so underrated it’s almost criminal. Part of the problem stems from the fact that when this particular batch of Swedes finally arrived about a decade ago, it was already too late. As Ian Cory’s recent Invisible Orange piece astutely points out, by 2006, post-metal had clearly reached its saturation point, with its sludge variant having its groundwork laid out by Neurosis in the early ’90s and then finally codified by ISIS at the start of the 21st century. And although most Luna cognoscenti would claim that the band really came of age two years prior with 2004’s Salvation,...