Vul­ture In­dus­tries

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STRANGER TIMES

SEA­SON OF MIST NORDIC ECCENTRICS OPEN UP AN EX­HIL­A­RAT­ING NEW BOX OF TRICKS Since their 2007 de­but, Ber­gen’s Vul­ture In­dus­tries have rev­elled in the the­atri­cal, ec­cen­tric, avant-garde ter­ri­tory that be­came a Nor­we­gian phe­nom­e­non thanks to Arc­turus, Ulver, Sole­fald and Fleurety. 2013’s honed mas­ter­work of car­ni­va­lesque prog metal, The Tower, was the most sat­is­fy­ing show­case for VI’s sin­gu­lar strengths, but with their fourth al­bum they’ve stripped it right down, de­vel­op­ing a big arena rock itch that they have au­di­ble fun scratch­ing. Open­ers Tales Of Woe and As The World Burns are some of the band’s sim­plest, most ac­ces­si­ble ma­te­rial, and while the heart­felt acous­tic blues of My Body, My Blood and Gentle Touch Of A Killer’s declam­a­tory doom churn make a ver­sa­tile pair­ing, they main­tain the al­bum’s more straight­for­ward, un­clut­tered ap­proach. While it doesn’t ape the full pop tra­jec­tory of new Ulver, there’s a sim­i­lar ex­u­ber­ance, sim­plic­ity and light­ness of touch in­vig­o­rat­ing the band’s method­ol­ogy, the ghost of Bowie hang­ing dis­creetly over the pro­ceed­ings.

FOR FANS OF: ARC­TURUS, KATATONIA, MR. BUN­GLE

CHRIS CHANTLER

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