Describe Vulture Industries in a few words.
Dark, captivating and progressive.
I must admit, you sound really interesting, kind of mysterious and abstract. I have actually never heard something like that. Where do you get the inspiration for the music you create?
Everything and everywhere actually, and nothing in particular. Of course there are musical preferences and such, and artists outside of regular boundaries, that have impact, but mostly on how to approach music in general: Keeping an open mind and trying out whatever drops in the lap when inspiration comes.
How would you describe your music?
I think the above answer covers that: We cover a wide variety of moods, velocities and approaches, and might sound musically and lyrically depressive, but we are really trying to convey positivity, making people happy and aware of themselves and their role in today's norms and abnormalities. So, in general our progressive part would be to try to be open minded and not fixed within boundaries.
In your opinion, how much your genre is appreciated in the world?
Progressive music is nowadays more or less non-progressive in a way that is has become a genre in itself describing a certain setting that most often refers to prog music of the 70's. So, this is widely accepted. When it comes to our progressiveness this doesn't really fit into many of the generalized boxes, since we have been doing music that has references from black metal, doom, industrial, 70's prog, 80's hard rock, jazz, disco, country and so on. For some it is challenging to accept, that we don’t fit very well into „true metal“, for instance, and this is sometimes limiting. But on the other hand, it has been proven that we have a very good audience at various festival styles, such as pagan, metal, prog and others, so that makes our potential audience vast, and we find that we have supporters from all over the world.
Can you describe music industry in the Norway?
In general this is naturally biggest on the pop music and classical/jazz scene, and apart from the internationally successful rock and metal bands there is still a quite prosperous musical environment.
You will play on the 25th of November in Močvara, which will be your first performance in Croatia. What can we expect?
You can expect a full throttle show with no limitations and high energy and big smiles. And a smelly front man that tramples on everybody and invites people to join the festivity.
Do you have some special memories which you connect with your previous shows?
Wow; after playing 200 or so shows this list has become quite long. Every places has its own place in the memory list, and revisiting places makes memories flow. But to narrow things down certain shows like Turning Golem in Metal Days, The Babylon Spiral Show in Rockstadt Festival, playing in front of 4-5000 at Hellfest, and attending Kilkim Zaibu in Lithiania twice are high on the list. Then there's the smaller venues with a tighter atmosphere like we always have in Romania and Czech Republic, which we very much enjoy. So, we hope the Croatians can deliver the same enthusiasm.
„Stranger Times“ is your fourth album which will be also introduced to your Croatian fans in Močvara. Can you tell us more about its content?
Croatians and everybody in Europe and the world in general, have for years and centuries been involved in a continously changing environment, ideals, idealism and religion. We are not judging anyone or anything, but trying to loose up on the limitations this progress has proven. Norms are more restricting than it should be, and awareness of one's part of today and tomorrow is possibly limiting or limited. What we can offer is to get people to approach our material, both musically and lyrically with a broad mind and have their own interpretation on both. That's what it is all about; enjoy life – think for yourself.
I've actually listened to „As the World Burns“ which is on your new album, and I can honestly say that I was impressed! And I never really listened to that kind of music. Can you tell us what are the lyrics about and where did you get the inspiration from?
As mentioned afore, we are slowly stagnating on how to think and behave: It being religion or the interactive world, advertising, economics, agriculture and energy production. All is more or less guide by monster corporations and banking, and our world is slowly being controlled, or burned if you like. In all of this we have to take to the dance floor and celebrate, make friends and hopefully make the world a better place. But that is just my opinion on the lyrics. I certainly hope that there might be other approaches.
Note from Bjørnar (vocals): The song is about how extreme world views are interdependent of one another. If the “other” disappears, the first will lose its justification for existence. And as they remain within this dance of destruction the world is set ablaze around them.
Do you have a message for your Croatian fans?
Let's have a ball!