Ah, 2016, thou art a heartless b*tch!
American thrash metal band, Vektor gave fans a shock this year-end, when all their members, except their frontman decided to quit the band for good. Posted on their official Facebook page, and since taken down, you can read the departing members’ statement here –
Greetings Vektronauts. 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 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
We ourselves don’t know what’s in store for the departing members – guitarist Erik Nelson, drummer Blake Anderson and bassist Frank Chin and whether they’ve decided to form their own band together, or are going to start their own projects separately.
However, there is some good news for Vektor fans, as the band hasn’t come to a conclusion so fast. Their only surviving member, founder and frontman David DiSanto is determined to keep the band going, despite several losses, since he says he’s the singer, songwriter and all-round musician anyways. Now, that’s being a fighter. Read his statement on the band’s Facebook page –
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!
It must be a devastating time for DiSanto to have all his mates quit like that, but we wish Vektor, Dave and Blake, Frank, and Erik the best in their careers and may they continue to spread the sweet poison that is thrash metal in the community and out in the world!