You Stream Now! Vulture Industries, The Tower
I am really getting into, as my pal Axl framed it so eloquently, the “Danzig-by-way-of-Broadway vocal style” of Vulture Industries’ crooner Bjørnar Nilsen. MS commenter “Las7” pointed out that he sounds a bit like The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that’s true, but I’d take it one step farther: what Ian Astbury might’ve sounded like if he listened to The Cure during his teenage years. One thing’s for certain: Nilsen’s vocals are certainly different than most of what we usually listen to. That makes for a welcome breath of fresh air in my opinion, although I’m sure there are many who would disagree.
I’d imagine there will also be disagreement about the band’s music, which I find as fresh and novel as their vocals. In his official review of the album, MetalSucks Reviews Editor Sammy O’Hagar sums it up nicely in the opening paragraph: “The Tower is both a granite slab of moody European metal and an amusingly flexible chunk of heavy prog.” And also, yes indeed: “Elements of wackiness do rear their goofy heads, but it works.”