The Greensboro, North Carolina-based trio of Jon Case (bass), Jason Duff (guitar, sax, moog) and Jason Ward, a.k.a Irata released one of my favorite albums of 2010, and they’re back with a new EP, Vultures which SIlber Media will be releasing this month. “Old Smoker,” is the first single from the new EP and what you’ll immediately notice is that in place of the squealing saxophone, there’s lyrics and vocals. Cheryl Hill has been enlisted to join the band and her guitar work adds a punishingly aggressive, sludgier sound to the proceedings. It’ll kick your ass, and leave you panting for a bit more. (Yes, it’ll probably remind some of you of Tool, and a harder King Crimson, perhaps.)