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There’s something both vitally novel as well as uncannily familiar about “Duper”, a new track by the newish band Crooks on Tape. That’s because Crooks on Tape is the latest project from John Schmersal, a key player in fondly remembered indie eccentrics Brainiac and Enon, the latter which he founded. While the scuzzed-out, bottom-heavy riffing and Schmerzel’s screech-sung vocals hearken back to the beloved acts he was a part of, the warped experimental pop on “Duper” radiates with a bristling energy that can only be of the moment.
Norwegian metal band Vulture Industries might well be based in the city of Bergen, a location famed for its history of disagreeable and diabolic black metal, but the five piece experiments with a far wider range of styles. Progressive, doom, extreme, cabaret, industrial, and symphonic metal all play a role in the band’s dark and demented sound, as do jazz, alt-, hard-, and death-rock. All of this means that Vulture Industries toy with the avant-garde, wearing a similarly misshapen and eccentric crown to that of Arcturus, Ved Buens Ende, or Devin Townsend.