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Vektor

9 p.m. Monday, August 20. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Vektor formed in 2003 in Tempe, Arizona, and quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with within the new wave of thrash movement. Relentless regional touring earned the band a loyal local following; its melding of progressive influences with lightning-quick ultra-technical thrash sets it apart from the cookie-cutter bands of the genre. New York's Heavy Artillery Records picked up the band in 2009 and released its subsequent Black Future and Outer Isolation LPs. The recent acquisition of Heavy Artillery Records by Earache Records could prove very advantageous for the up-and-coming band, provided that the latter label doesn't choose to cannibalize the former. Either way, Vektor certainly has enough talent to land on its feet.

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