VEKTOR IS the most legit metal band in the US today. Period. When it comes to originality, technical ability, and speed, nobody can touch them. While that may sound like an excitable fanboy mouth breathing over a new obsession, Vektor's two full-lengths Black Future and Outer Isolation easily provide enough jaw-dropping proof to justify such a claim. Both records contain multi-dimensional space thrash that makes Voivod sound like the Ramones, and early Kreator and Destruction sound like they're thrashing at a snail's pace. It's almost as if Vektor's experimentation with the outer limits of time signatures and triple harmonies is actually the output of an extraterrestrial supercomputer that's hell-bent on melting the brains of the entire human race.
Well, that, or it can all be attributed to a modest, self-taught guitar player and singer named David DiSanto.
"Over the years it worked out—by just playing my guitar—I figured out all the scales and theory," DiSanto explains. "With music theory, I know all the rules... I just don't like following them all the time. I think it's more interesting to break or bend the music rules."
Along with being the band's primary riffmaster, DiSanto writes the lyrics. Like Carcass, who coupled their gore-splattered death-grind with anatomically correct lyrics, DiSanto looks to the stars to find the words to match Vektor's science-fiction style.
"I used to read some sci-fi novels in high school, more of the classic writers like Ray Bradbury and Arthur C. Clarke, but I don't really like reading anymore," he chuckles. "A huge inspiration is astronomy. That's been a hobby of mine for 10 years now. I took a couple classes and had a subscription to Astronomy magazine."
DiSanto also has a degree in biology, so when he pens songs like "Deoxyribonucleic Acid" or "Cosmic Cortex," he's smart enough to know what he's talking about—not just pulling big words out of some textbook.
From the start, DiSanto and the rest of Vektor rocketed the bar as high as their creativity would allow. It makes you wonder what strange parallel universe their music could take us to next.