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Ward XVI – The Art of Manipulation

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock with tags , , , , on 12th July 2017 by Nico Solheim-Davidson
Ward XVI
The Art Of Manipulation
Avant-Garde Rock
Released 1st July
via Rock’n’Growl
Earlier this month, northern metal outfit – though they describe themselves as “theatrical avant-garde rock” – Ward XVI released their debut album, The Art of Manipulation, which follows the story of a female psychopath locked away in a high security asylum. Having seen this band before, when the news came out that Ward were releasing this album, I immediately knew I had to listen to it.

Starting with the generically named Intro, the track starts the story written within the album, as a rather sinister and villainous psychiatrist is heard talking to his patient, who replies stating that she’s “not insane”. Take My Hand is a light trance inducing track before it changes at the flip of a coin into a pure, chaotic guitar barrage. The title track, The Art of Manipulation, stands out with its ephemeral passages that appear between the faster, hard hitting sections of the song. The vocals come across exquisitely with the ebb and flow of the track.

There are three interludes on the album, each of which serve the purpose of moving the story forward with more dialogue. As the first interlude finishes, The Flight comes bursting in like a hand grenade, as the the guitars merciless blare out their rhythmic, almost hypnotic riffs. The use of keyboards on this track comes as a welcome surprise, adding a new dynamic to it. The vocals are very much good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll as they race along side the keys and guitars. Crystal Ball  has its own little charm as the sounds of accordions blare over the driving guitars and thundering rhythm sections. A reassuring and warm piano melody leads the way in Hold Me, adding an expected emotional feel to not only the song but the album as well.

Blackened Heart is a poignant track, with memorable vocal lines and a contrasting use of guitars, the rhythm section and keys, with one section being quite nu-metalesqe in its composition while Run For Your Lives  jumps in the sound of wailing sirens before a haunting accordion melody is heard. The track being proceeds into barrage of drums flanked by raging guitars and energetic vocals. Adrenochromania is quite a misty and cimmerian track with a lot of mesmerising passages.

Cry of the Siren is an aggressively energetic track as the guitars and keys go toe-to-toe with one another between vocal lines. Toy Box however contrasts greatly, taking a slower pace verging on the edge of a traditional and folkier sound with the accordion commanding the song. Inner Demon diverges onto a different route with a unique sound that really shows the theatrics of the band. The Art of Manipulation closes its curtains with a song named after the band: Ward XVI. It is quite a solemn listening affair, as the vocals call out like a Plutonian requiem while the keys and guitars have become the musical incarnation of a somber midnight sky.

Ward XVI have done something spectacular with The Art Of Manipulation, while their on-stage theatrics don’t translate well into recorded form, their story telling and unique melting pot of different styles and influences speaks for themselves.

3.5/5

Nico Solheim-Davidson

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Vulture Industries post new video for “Lost Among Liars”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 11th September 2013 by Pieni

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On the verge of releasing their third album “The Tower” (on the 27th of September in Europe and the 1st October in North America), avant-garde black metal band Vulture Industries released an animated video for the track “Lost Among Liars”. It can be seen on the following locations:

Metal Hammer in the UK:
www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/exclusive-nordic-avant-metallers-vulture-industries-premier-their-stunning-new-video-with-metal-hammer/
Zillo in Germany:
http://zillo.de/template.cgi?page=news_detail&id=2456
Pyro in Norway:
http://p3.no/pyro/premiere-pa-fantastisk-ny-vulture-industries-video/#more-30293
Roadburn in The Netherlands:
www.roadburn.com/2013/09/video-premiere-vulture-industries-lost-among-liars/
Rocking.gr in Greece:
www.rocking.gr/news/Apokleistiko-To-Rockinggr-sas-parousiazei-to-neo-video-clip-twn-Vulture-Industries/17178/
This Is Rock in Spain:
http://thisisrock.net/home/?p=1305

The video was made by young Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu, who also designed the cover art for the album itself. It is a surreal critique of today’s society, showing several characters with their own duties, functions and stories of oppression, restitution, control and freedom.

“The Tower” can be pre-ordered at http://vultureindustries.bigcartel.com/, in digipack CD or gatefold double LP, the latter available in three different colours (solid white, transparent green and black). The LP versions, as well as the digital edition, will include the bonus track “Blood Don’t Eliogabalus”

Vulture Industries will be supporting the first leg of Leprous’ European tour, starting in their homecountry:

13/9: John Dee, Oslo, Norway
14/9: Tribute, Sandnes, Norway
15/9: Buddy, Drammen, Norway
16/9: Parkbiografen, Skien, Norway
17/9: Musikken Hus, Gothenburg, Sweden
18/9: Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
20/9: Nosturi, Helsinki, Finland
21/9: A2/Sputnik, St Petersburg, Russia
22/9: Tapper Club, Tallinn, Estonia
24/9: TBC, Gdansk, Poland
25/9: Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
26/9: Kwadrat, Kracow, Poland
27/9: Alte Zuckerfabrik, Rostock, Germany
28/9: Beta, Copenhagen, Denmark

Vulture Industries online:
http://www.vulture-industries.net
https://www.facebook.com/vultureindustries