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Release date: 27 September 2013
Style: Avantgarde metal, Progressive metal


8.4 | 154 votes


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01. The Tower
02. Divine - Appalling
03. The Hound
04. Blood On The Trail
05. The Dead Won't Mind
06. A Knife Between Us
07. The Pulse Of Bliss
08. Sleepwalkers
09. Lost Among Liars
10. Blood Don't Eliogabalus [bonus]

Lyrics (9)

Bjørnar E. Nilsen - vocals, keyboards, percussion, guitars
Øyvind Madsen - guitars, keyboards
Eivind Huse - guitars
Kyrre Teigen - bass
Tor Helge Gjengedal - drums, percussion

Session musicians
Gjermund Fredheim - harmonica
Simon Futterlieb - saxophone

Guest musicians
Herbrand Larsen - vocals, keyboards

Additional info
Recorded in Conclave & Earshot studios by Bjørnar E. Nilsen.
Mixed by Herbrand Larsen.
Produced by Nilsen and Larsen.
Mastered by Jens Bogren in Fascination Street (tracks 1-9).
Drum engineering by Iver Sandøy (tracks 1-9).
Track 10 mastered by Herbrand Larsen in Conclave & Earshot studios.

Cover art and layout by Costin Chioreanu.

Staff review by

As it stands, The Tower is a remarkably listenable record for the avant-garde genre. One shouldn't expect Unexpect levels of what some may describe as borderline incoherent music, instead this has a more accessible and immediately satisfying sound. If you hold any reservations for the complex nature of the genre Vulture Industries offer a uniquely charismatic entry point.

published 21.10.2013 | Comments (14)

Staff pick by
Darkside Momo

02.10.2013 Long gone are the Arcturus copycat days, now Vulture Industries just released their most personal album to date. Soaring, theatrical, twisted, deeply emotional, awesome.

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annodomini - 07.10.2013 at 12:20  
  After quite weak second album, I was afraid, that Vulture Industrie won't be able to create something good as :The Dystopia Journals". However, they proved me wrong. "The tower" is definitelly their best to date and so dark and intimate. I evevn wish there would be more saxophone and jazzy parts as in "Lost among liars". Nevertheless it's one of the best this year.
phanto - 07.10.2013 at 17:31  
Rating: 8 The dead won't mind is a relatively weak song, but the rest are great.
Lost among liars is very good.
Neshat - 07.10.2013 at 18:20  
Rating: 9 For me it is one of the best avant gard metal album that i ever heard and also their best album to date
A Knife Between us and Lost Among Lairs are amazing !
-DC-002- - 08.10.2013 at 04:52  
Rating: 9 I've listened to, The Tower a few times so far and I'd say it's easily one of the best albums of the year. Vulture industries are new to me but hearing their other albums now, they seem solid.
Numa - 14.10.2013 at 14:12  
  Devil Doll cover bonus track, for real?
Mechaniacal - 21.10.2013 at 00:27  
Rating: 9 Man, the only weak moment on this album is The Dead Won't Mind. The rest is really good stuff.
NocturnalStalker - 04.11.2013 at 16:39  
Rating: 9 I think I've just listened to the album that I will vote for in the coming MS Awards. Seriously, I doubt any other avant-garde metal band will be able to top it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.11.2013 at 17:18  
  This band suffers from the same disease as Diablo Swing Orchestra and gets worse with every subsequent release.
Angel N. - 06.11.2013 at 17:24  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.11.2013 at 17:18

This band suffers from the same disease as Diablo Swing Orchestra

what's the disease ?
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.11.2013 at 17:29  
Written by Angel N. on 06.11.2013 at 17:24

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.11.2013 at 17:18

This band suffers from the same disease as Diablo Swing Orchestra

what's the disease ?

that the debut is the best and the one after is worse and the one after that even worse and so on
Angel N. - 06.11.2013 at 17:42  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 06.11.2013 at 17:29

that the debut is the best and the one after is worse and the one after that even worse and so on

I agree
BloodJuNkie - 27.11.2013 at 02:35  
Rating: 10 Very good album. I fucking love the album art too <3
LascaillesShroud - 09.12.2013 at 20:39  
Rating: 9 Bought this last week finally, should be here in the next few days and I'm super excited for it. The Tower and Lost Among Liars are killer tracks.
Lethrokai - 28.12.2013 at 14:15  
Rating: 7 Ok, I've listened to this album quite a few times now, but I really don't get what makes it special. It's perfectly good music, but there's nothing that really makes me think the album is worth another try.
-DC-002- - 30.12.2013 at 06:08  
Rating: 9 I have listened to their other albums and it seems like they got rid some of the things that made them experimental. Vulture Industries are still fairly unique and this is still a great album to me, but the squeaky clean production makes it lose a lot of what made the previous albums so good. nockin' it down from 9.... to 8.6 based on these startling reevaluations 0_o
Michaelis - 27.01.2014 at 11:30  
Rating: 9 One from the best albums in 2013. Hope this year will be as good as the last year.
Warman - 27.01.2014 at 15:49  
Rating: 8
Written by Numa on 14.10.2013 at 14:12

Devil Doll cover bonus track, for real?

Haha, that was how I found out about this band. I was looking around Youtube for some Devil Doll stuff and saw that cover in a live video. I was like "someone fucking did a Devil Doll cover?"
And a pretty good one too.
BloodJuNkie - 05.02.2014 at 23:05  
Rating: 10 This album gets better every time!
mz - 06.02.2014 at 00:15  
Rating: 8 Quiet astonishing take on avantgarde metal. I was more expecting a chaotic mess a la unexpect but this one is less extreme when it comes to craziness. My only complain is the production. It's quiet good but not on the same level as other elements of their music.
Sand - 13.03.2014 at 17:31  
  I like to say that this album is something a revolutionist would listen to.
_deepblack - 04.06.2014 at 09:57  
Rating: 9 Different atmosphere great album Excellent vocals and everything is cool
_deepblack - 04.06.2014 at 09:58  
Rating: 9 Its like watching a musical show
Calabi - 11.06.2014 at 02:13  
Rating: 9 Am I the only one that likes The Dead Won't Mind? It's quirky and fun and it's only three minutes long so it doesn't drag.

That closer, though. Lost Among Liars powerful. Raises this from an 8 to a 9 alone.
TrueMetalJope - 01.11.2015 at 21:02  
Rating: 8 IMO this sounds more interesting than their previous album. Need more listens though.

It's a good album, but after a few listens it feels like that many of these songs are too similar. There's not that much of a distinction, except for maybe "The Hound" and "The Dead Won't Mind". Anyway, I'll be definitely listening this more in the future.

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