"The Dystopia Journals" (Ragnarok Records; 2010)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Vulture Industries hail from Norway, so you might think that they would sound like Norse metal ... well, there are some strings here which add an element not often heard and the music is hard rocking and they sound fresh. Each song has something unique in it, whether it's spoken word, carnival music or death metal screams. No two songs sound the same, except for the unique guitar solos.

The first track, "Pills Of Conformity," starts the disc off with a kick. The vocals are clean and some of the songs move in between death metal growls and straight forward singing. The whole reason that Vulture Industries doesn't sound like any band I've ever heard is because they use music in a way that tells a story. The hard-rocking songs might have clean vocals and death metal growls indicating an argument, then, you will have ambient music in the middle but just enough to help you realize it's calm. Then the story will continue.

They have been called avant-garde metal and I guess that's about a close to a description as I could get, too. The music isn't in-your-face or pretentious; it's just really well-written and passionately played. This is one disc that you can put on and play all the way through -- no filler songs to skip -- and there is no way you'll stop it before it's over ... but you will play it again and again. You can also call it progressive metal because it has that sound coupled with a rhythmic song structure. Overall, its one of the best discs I've heard in a while.

Vulture Industries: Bjornar E. Nilsen - vocals, synths and programming; Řyvind Madsen - sessions guitars and Eivind Huse - guitars; Kyrre Teigen – bass; Tor Helge Jengedal - drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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