Remember ‘70s sci-fi movies? Not the major ones like Star Wars or Alien, but the more offbeat and depressing ones? Ones like Soylent Green, The Omega Man and Solaris?
Well, Terminal Redux is the heavy
metal version of films like that.
A focused and unwavering concept album, Vektor’s third
full-length is one with a fascinating and psychological narrative, telling of
an astronaut that discovers, in deep space, the secret to controlling life and
death. His find soon gives him seemingly infinite power but, having to endure life eternal, the astronaut descends into madness. (Click here for
a summary of the full plot, it is actually mind-blowing.)
As far as concept records go, Terminal Redux is one with a better understanding of storytelling
than most, knowing just what to tell the listener and what to keep
intentionally cryptic. The album’s music, furthermore, is just as stylised and
driven as its plot, with Vektor’s unique style fusing progressive rock, thrash and
even hints of 21st-century black metal. With Terminal Redux’s bookending suites – “Charging the Void” and the
reprise “Recharging the Void” – both clocking in at around ten minutes, this is
a disc promising Rush-like levels of aural adventure.
Terminal Redux is
by no means an easy listen but, once your head is wrapped around it, it’s an
undeniably genius one.