Vulture Industries - The Tower


8.5 | 166 votes |
Release date: 27 September 2013
Style: Avantgarde metal, Progressive metal

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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]

Top 20 albums of 2013: 19

Line-up
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
R'Vannith
Rating:
9.2
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.

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published 21.10.2013 | Comments (15)

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

Try here or there!

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07.10.2013 - 12:20
annodomini
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.
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there is nothing left to die for...
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07.10.2013 - 17:31
Rating: 8
phanto
The dead won't mind is a relatively weak song, but the rest are great.
Lost among liars is very good.
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07.10.2013 - 18:20
Rating: 9
Neshat
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 !
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08.10.2013 - 04:52
Rating: 9
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Mastercommander
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.
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Coldgrits
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14.10.2013 - 14:12
Numa
Devil Doll cover bonus track, for real?
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21.10.2013 - 00:27
Rating: 9
Mechaniacal
Man, the only weak moment on this album is The Dead Won't Mind. The rest is really good stuff.
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04.11.2013 - 16:39
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
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.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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06.11.2013 - 17:18
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
This band suffers from the same disease as Diablo Swing Orchestra and gets worse with every subsequent release.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.11.2013 - 17:24
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
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 ?
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The Fangirl.
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06.11.2013 - 17:29
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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06.11.2013 - 17:42
Angel N.
Evil Butterfly
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
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The Fangirl.
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27.11.2013 - 02:35
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Very good album. I fucking love the album art too <3
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09.12.2013 - 20:39
Rating: 9
LascaillesShroud
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.
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28.12.2013 - 14:15
Rating: 7
Lethrokai
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.
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Sometimes you just need to roll the dice and look away.
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30.12.2013 - 06:08
Rating: 9
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Mastercommander
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
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27.01.2014 - 11:30
Rating: 9
Michaelis
One from the best albums in 2013. Hope this year will be as good as the last year.
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27.01.2014 - 15:49
Rating: 8
Warman
Erotic Stains
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.
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05.02.2014 - 23:05
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
This album gets better every time!
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06.02.2014 - 00:15
Rating: 8
mz
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.
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Giving my ears a rest from music.
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13.03.2014 - 17:31
Sand
I like to say that this album is something a revolutionist would listen to.
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04.06.2014 - 09:57
Rating: 9
_deepblack
Different atmosphere great album Excellent vocals and everything is cool
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04.06.2014 - 09:58
Rating: 9
_deepblack
Its like watching a musical show
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11.06.2014 - 02:13
Rating: 9
Calabi
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.
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01.11.2015 - 21:02
Rating: 8
TrueMetalJope
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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The guitar is my sword, I'll fight 'til I die /../
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21.03.2016 - 03:50
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Diverge on 21.03.2016 at 03:23
Thought I'd test this out to see if it works. Used your quote from another thread to give you a notification here.

Not without reason tho! I know you like prog/avant-garde stuff so I thought I'd recommend this
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21.03.2016 - 04:03
Diverge
Written by LeKiwi on 21.03.2016 at 03:50

Written by Diverge on 21.03.2016 at 03:23
Thought I'd test this out to see if it works. Used your quote from another thread to give you a notification here.

Not without reason tho! I know you like prog/avant-garde stuff so I thought I'd recommend this

Good recommendation. I've heard this album before but I don't think I made my mind up about it at the time!
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21.03.2016 - 04:05
Rating: 10
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Diverge on 21.03.2016 at 04:03

Good recommendation. I've heard this album before but I don't think I made my mind up about it at the time!

Indeed, it's a weird one. Let me know when you decide
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19.12.2016 - 09:50
Rating: 8
yeah1980
Not exactly my kind of music, but a very good album.
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"Be water, my friend" (Bruce Lee)
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