Twenty years ago, desert rock/stoner band Karma to Burn, also known as the masters of instrumental riff rock, proved that vocals are not strictly necessary to write compelling music.
Guitarist Pascal David, bassist Kris Hoornaert and drummer Jens Van Hollebeke from the Belgian instrumental stoner rock outfit Atomic Vulture have taken that lesson to heart. Aimed downward and dustward, their recognisable old school sound weaves a fabric of pumping grooves, ambient, fuzz, prog, space rock and doom influences . They released their self-titled debut EP in 2012; ‘Planet Emerald’ dropped early the following year. In 2014 their full-length recording debut ‘Into Orbit’ delivered on the promise of those early EPs and their fan base grew steadily. With just two tracks their latest EP ‘Stone of the Fifth Sun’ nevertheless has a run time just shy of 23 minutes and the only vocals are a guest appearance by Cowboys & Aliens vocalist Henk Vanhee. A one-off? Or will he be joining them on stage at Alcatraz? Time will tell.