One of 2016’s most acclaimed albums was Vektor’s Terminal Redux, the third album from the Philadelphia band. And while singer/guitarist David DiSanto formed the band back in 2002, the majority of their growth has come since 2009, when their first album Black Future was released. They’d had the same lineup through Terminal Redux, their breakthrough album. We say “had” because yesterday, a since-deleted Facebook post from the other three members of Vektor, guitarist Erik Nelson, bassist Frank Chin and drummer Blake Anderson, announced that they were leaving the band, effective immediately:
“Greetings Vektonauts. 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 super 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.”
That post was deleted, but DiSanto then left another post claiming that the band was far from over:
It’s hard to say what this was about. Perhaps it was money, maybe it was ego, but due to his memorable high-pitched vocals, DiSanto is the most recognizable member of the band, and should be able to find replacements quickly enough. Likewise, the other three members of the band, having played on one of the best records of 2016, should be able to recruit a singer and form a new band should they decide they want to remain playing together. In a best case scenario, at least two great bands will come from the dissolution of Vektor’s current lineup.
[via Metal Injection]