Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Vektor: Lineup News

Everyone but the lead singer leaves the band.

I guess this brings up a number of thoughts.

#1 I'm sad to see this still 1st and foremost. Vektor are a band who I've been a fan of for nearly 6 or 7 years. Not immense, but still I enjoy their music. All of their albums are of high quality, and among the extreme metal bands I'm into, they certainly are among my favorites (say 30-50 at least).

#2 As much as I am happy to see their exposure and success, I can't deny, they kind of became a hipster metal band in some respects. The Needle Drop among others probably helped that. What I wonder is if the hipster demographic stay with them or the members new projects, or do they jump ship?

#3 Terminal Redux was in a lot of ways their most impressive record, both sonically and creatively. In other words, I'm not sure how much more or better they could get for what they do. I suppose the ego-centric/selfish artist still says of course a ton better, etc. Which I totally see why, but I guess it seemed to be somewhat of a leap forward in a lot of ways creatively, I kind of wonder, somewhat like Between the Buried and Me and Colors, if it would require too much of them to equal if not top it.

#4 These situations happen a lot, especially around the end of the year. I guess not necessarily everyone but the singer, etc but I guess it doesn't come as, as big a shock I guess as one might think. Now what does this mean for Vektor and the other members? I of course will try to keep up with both going forward, but I suppose my hopes for what they do next isn't necessarily what it might be had this splitting of the roster hadn't happened of course.

That all being said, I do hope this is all for the best and want to support them still.


The below Facebook Post has been deleted, but replaced by a new post from David

New Facebook Post

I apologize to anyone who was concerned about the post from earlier today. Vektor is not stopping. I started writing Vektor songs in 1999 and I'm still writing Vektor songs. As long as I live, Vektor will not die.
I appreciate everything that Blake, Frank, and Erik have done to help this ship take off. I also appreciate all of my band mates before them: Willy, Pablo, Adam, Mike, and Kian.
See you on the road!

Original but now Deleted FACEBOOK Post

Greetings Vektonauts. With sadness we must inform you that we, Blake, Frank, and Erik, are all departing from Vektor effective immediately. It has been a completely incredible 10-ish years that has brought us all around the world and introduced us to so many super generous, passionate, friendly people and produced three albums of which we are extremely proud. Seeing the reception for Terminal Redux in particular after all of the hard work put into it has been very humbling. Sadly we've reached a point where we can't continue with the working arrangement we have, for a number of reasons that we find unnecessary to discuss publicly. There's no big story or drama, people and personalities simply change and drift apart and we've reached our limit. 

The three of us are lifer musicians and will continue to be. You'll be seeing us in other contexts, other bands, recordings, tours, and more. Our time in Vektor has been a major part of our lives and parting with that will be a serious adjustment, but ultimately we're excited to see other new ways we can put our ideas to use. We are -hugely- grateful to everyone that came out to shows, picked up merch, listened to the music, showed us a great time and kept us going. We accomplished more than we ever thought was possible when we joined and we hope you'll stay tuned for what we do next - you have certainly not seen the last of us. 

We don't know if this means Dave will seek new members and continue Vektor or not, that is for him to decide and announce in his own time. 

Given that it's the holidays and the future of the band is out of our hands, we'd appreciate some space for the time being as we enjoy time with friends and family (please don't message our personal pages about it, we won't reply). All the best and we'll see you down the road. 
-Blake, Frank, and Erik