Rating:
7.0
Vulture Industries - The Malefactor's Bloody Register
13 September 2010


01. Crooks & Sinners
02. Race For The Gallows
03. The Hangman's Hatch
04. The Bolted Door
05. This Cursed Flesh
06. I Hung My Heart On Harrow Square
07. Crowning The Cycle
08. Of Branded Blood


In the absence of Arcturus (of the mid era to be more precise), The Dystopia Journals was a big boost on the avant-garde steps upon which their renowned co-country mates reflected their anxious mind. Three years later Bergen starts dancing incoherently once again, The Malefactor's Bloody Register, Vulture Industries' second full-length to date, is reality and it's here to confuse us all with its heretic nature.

I still consider their debut album more complex and inspired, but don't misinterpret me, The Malefactor's Bloody Register isn't and can't be your next common work around, they still like it obscure, overwhelming and entrancing through whirling key signatures that try to trespass the boundaries of your mind. It's just that on their second effort they depict a more structured and massive aura upon their naturally flowing chaos rather than the story-telling character their flow used to possess, leaving you unaware of what to expect.

Bjørnar E. Nilsen offers once again an extraterrestrial interpretation and despite sounding like the little brother of La Masquerade Infernale Garm he manages to sound magnificent and with a sense of demented grandeur whether he disenchants the night from a satellite from afar or shrieks in trance, whispers in paranoia or whatever way he entraps his expression within his vocal chords. The guitars accompany him in the same way, they never fail to present mind-flirting ideas through soloing moments, riffing, leads, melodies which consist of the main body of the album that steps upon the tight foundations the rhythm section so frequently managed to compose. Yet apart from those, the keyboards, the FX, the slight electronics and some sort of sampling along with the guest appearance of the Hammond organ, make their appearance whenever the ambiance desires so, keeping alive the affiliation of the band with diversity, on a lesser role this time though.

As it happened with its predecessor, the album doesn't surpass the 44 minutes in duration, Vulture Industries tend to unfold everything they have to say within a welcome amount of time without tiring the listener. Although someone might have expected something more, including me, The Malefactor's Bloody Register remains still a good release to keep the heart of their fans both in shape and pulse, but also ring the biological clock of all those nostalgic ones remembering the Arcturus-esque aesthetic. Inspiration, creativity and atmosphere are existent, yet this time Vulture Industries lack a bit of them all. What shine through their absence have to be the moments that will shake your mind with delight in a wide range and part of their theatrical vibe, along with the fact the album strengthens in character mainly during the second half, from "This Cursed Flesh" and on.

Proceed at your own risk, this album holds three faces, either it will satisfy you for its more massive composing manner or you will miss the vast diversity and find it not that pleasing; well, the third truth lies somewhere in the middle, something like it pleased you but it could have been better, that's where my personal truth lies. I can wait until the next time, hoping they won't become "Grim Apparitions" of themselves.

Where's your mask? Oh, you can hang it from this rope!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Vulture Industries
Album: The Malefactor's Bloody Register


 



Written on 15.11.2010 by
DerRozzengarten
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annodomini - 15.11.2010 at 01:18  
It seems it is the same as with Tristanias - Rubicon, I'm the one who really loves it No really, this one is amazing.
DerRozzengarten - 15.11.2010 at 01:54  
Written by annodomini on 15.11.2010 at 01:18

It seems it is the same as with Tristanias - Rubicon, I'm the one who really loves it No really, this one is amazing.

You're their true lover
Marcel Hubregtse - 15.11.2010 at 02:02  
I agree with annodomini, this is a great album and in my books at least an 8.5
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.11.2010 at 02:32  
I still haven't given this and the new TB? proper listens yet so I look forward to comparing the two. Great descriptive and visual review as always
DerRozzengarten - 15.11.2010 at 02:37  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.11.2010 at 02:02

I agree with annodomini, this is a great album and in my books at least an 8.5

You can't always agree with marcel, but when it does happen, it's a kind of magic
DerRozzengarten - 15.11.2010 at 02:37  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.11.2010 at 02:32

I still haven't given this and the new TB? proper listens yet so I look forward to comparing the two. Great descriptive and visual review as always

It's obvious which one i do prefer thanks cyberpunk
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.11.2010 at 02:40  
I suspect I'll feel the same way =J
DerRozzengarten - 15.11.2010 at 02:42  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.11.2010 at 02:40

I suspect I'll feel the same way =J

We'll find out hopefully soon enough. My preferences have to be the first and the new TB? and the debut from VI. Their second albums weren't enough to ruin my brain in a good manner of speaking!
Mikyz - 15.11.2010 at 08:40  
Nice Review, but personally I'd rate this higher I like the craziness in the composition and the vocal performance.
Rhan - 16.11.2010 at 22:13  
Good review, very plastic, that is, still I'd rate it at an 8.7. Even though it didn't catch me as much as The Dystopia Journals (oh, the insanity...) it is a solid performance and has another, totally different, atmosphere and view: that of a criminal of sorts, quite delicious. The originality... I don't know how many "from a malefactors point of view" themed albums are there, not so many I suppose... but a pleasing review nonetheless.
Danny Devilto - 17.11.2010 at 12:35  
I'd give it a 9. One of the best avantgarde efforts this year
Ag Fox - 26.11.2010 at 02:11  
I like it more than The Dystopia Journals tbh and I know I am the minority, but I just feel their debut it too "Sham Mirrors". While this one is slightly less crazy, it feels more original and has more of their own idenity
Array - 26.11.2010 at 02:19  
I've always considered dystopia being closer to masquerade.
verjnuarmu - 06.12.2010 at 19:52  
What an amazing number of comma splices in one review! Does anyone check for grammatical errors around here?
mz - 03.10.2013 at 00:10  
Sounds like a must check for me.
I really wish Der was active

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