Sunday, May 19, 2013
Vektor @ Blackthorn 51, 5.18.13
So I was irritated that this show at Queens' new Blackthorn 51 club was advertised as strictly 21 and over; I was doubly irritated when I entered the club and discovered that most of the audience was clearly underage. Besides the tell-tale "x"s drawn on hands, I spotted a few moms waiting patiently for it all to be over. A tip for underage heshers: Going to a show with your mom is not metal (unless your mom is Doro Pesch). Tell her to pick you up when it's done, preferably at the end of the block. The kvlt black metal shirt you ordered on e-Bay has way more cred that way. [Though mom and I are probably in agreement that when the young heshers put their arms around each other for some synchronized headbanging, that shit is adorable].
Carcinogen. How could I not? I'm a sucker for death metal rooted in thrash - think Ripping Corpse, but with a hefty Suffocation influence (duh, they're from Lawn Guyland) and a drummer who beats his snare like it owes him money. The circle pit was instantaneous, but a stone faced security lug quickly put the kibosh on any stagediving. The only reason I didn't go home in a Carcinogen shirt is that they didn't bring any. [Though I would have settled for buying the guitarist's sweet Demolition Hammer hoodie... I had no idea such a thing existed and now it's my favourite thing in the world.]
As much as I'd like to call a moratorium on thrash revival, I have to admit Vektor have a pretty interesting gimmick. Not thrash revival but Voivod revival? Leave alone the fact that Voivod just put out their best album in over a decade, it's a unique enough concept for me to belay my skepticism. And who wouldn't want a younger, faster, hungrier Voivod?
Except besides a kinship with Killing Technology's blistering speed and off-kilter rhythms, Vektor don't really sound like Voivod. Can I argue that Vektor have more in common with Coroner without being accused of simply being contrarian? [Probably not.] Which may be why I'm reluctant to paint these guys with the same retro-fetishist brush as, say, Aura Noir. More than most thrash revival bands, they capture the original spirit of thrash by striving to be forward thinking and unique. You can't play "sci fi thrash" and not have an eye towards the future, after all.
Dreams of Consciousness was only kidding about not bringing your mom to a metal show; tell her to bake cookies and send them here.