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The Malefactor's Bloody Register - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars

The Malefactor's Bloody Register

The Malefactor's Bloody Register
(Dark Essence - 2010)

Norwegian avant-garde dark metal outfit Vulture Industries is back with The Malefactor's Bloody Register. It's been 3 years since their debut album The Dystopia Journals - and their fans will be waiting for this one.
They kick off with the intro Crooks & Sinners which make me think of some fun fair decades ago... Then they offer the first tune Race For The Gallows which starts with heavy riffs, spoken words and whispers, then they speed up. They take you onto a sonic trip, it's like you're in a haunted house. The vocals of Bj°rnar Erevik Nilsen give the song a theatrical touch. At The Hangman's Hatch they combine heavy riffs, hammering drums with psychedelic elements. Some times mid-paced, sometimes fast - this tune is like maelstrom dragging you into the sonic universe of Vulture Industries. Expect the unexpected, so you get some smooth saxophone part at The Hangman's Hatch while The Bolted Door offers some jazzy parts! Images of the band - like aged black&white photos - indicate that there are similarities to The Vision Bleak, but only the theatric vocals and the atmospheric, sometimes horrific stories connect the bands. A great tune is The Cursed Flesh, it's the guitar melody which is simply enchanting, but the organ makes you feel uneasy... At the end a passage with acoustic guitars lead you out of this one. A dramatic tune is I Hung My Heart On Harrow Square, but it's also full of despair and anger. A bit gothic like kicks off Crowing The Cycle, but when the guitars set in the song gets a different atmosphere. Slowly they start the closer Of Branded Blood, and again the switch between extremes. This fast tune is threatening, unsettling - and partly infectious. The vocal line partly sounds familiar, but I can't fathom it...
The Malefactor's Bloody Register is an unusual piece of music, pushing limits and surprising the listener. Some passages need more then one spin to discover all details. I recommend to listen to this album with headphones to give Vulture Industries the chance to drag you into their sonic madness!

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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