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Virus

Posted: September 21, 2010 by Lee in Uncategorized
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So.  Its been a while since I’ve taken a wander in these parts….. basically its been a pretty crammed summer.  However I’m now back at university and have returned to the endless hours spent in front of the monitor  so I thought I’d put all this time to good use and chat about some music!

If I’m honest I haven’t spent a lot of the summer listening to brand spanking new music: mainly solidifying and expanding my love for old school norwegian black metal – bands like Darkthrone, Mayhem (in the picture to the left) and Enslaved are staples!  A mainly misunderstood genre which everyone, for some reason, presumes is all to do with goth and Satan worship etc etc.  Its far from.  All these blokes care about is stringing some epic riffs together, playing really fast and screaming like something out of the lord of the rings about topics such as death (obviously!), Viking sagas, apocalyptic wars and battles.  The music is all about setting an atmosphere which is much like that of the norwegian landscape itself: cold, dark, desolate and most importantly; uniquely spectacular.

However the band I wish to thrust upon thee today is called virus.  They are a 3 – piece outfit from Norway, with two albums “carheart” 2003 and “the black flux” 2008.  Inspired by black metal, they have managed to create a unique blend involving some of the black metal elements but with the addition of a new post metal/avant garde sound.  I can’t say I’ve heard anything like these guys before.  The music has the simplicity of black metal but loses the screaming and uber fast drumming.  The guitar work is right up my street and the riffs that they come up with sound as though they are being woven right in front of you.  Much Unlike many other metal genres.  Where their only worry is cramming in as many complexities and solos as possible without even thinking about anything else.  Which after 2 songs is repetitive and very, very boring.  All in all Virus are an epic listen and discovery on my part I must say as they are pretty underground.  I’ve added a couple of their songs onto spotify: Blue Air Songs of 2010 but here is a link to youtube just in case you don’t have it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQLHiXRRUSY

And most importantly theres plenty of atmosphere and cold sounding songs…..I see myslef listening to this band a lot in the coming months! Enjoy

Well this is the case with Varg Vikernes’ new album, out today!  Before actually metioning the music I feel I should perhaps enlighten you to the situation?….

Heres the song Belus’ Død, the second track from the new album, to listen to while you read.

The year is 1992.  Burzum, Vikernes as a 19 year old released his first album.  He became a prominent figure in Norway’s black metal scene.  Around the same time he joined another famous black metal band; Mayhem.  In 1993 he murdered Mayhems guitarist (and main man)  Øystein Aarseth (or Euronymous as he was known).  He claims that this is because Aarseth was plotting to kill him.  If you read his explanation and with evidence to support him you realise maybe he is actually telling the truth?  He was convicted in 1994 and in jail he remained until mid 2009.  Interestingly Mayhem’s delayed  album (delayed obviously due to the events) “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” was released in 1994. It contains Aarseth on guitar and Vikernes on bass – murderer and the victim playing side by side – a situation, I presume that has not occurred a great deal  in the music industry?!

Despite finding the time to make two albums while in prison, he was restricted to only using synthesisers.  That would have driven any other musician insane yeah?  Especially as he plays and writes everything.  And you can actually detect some of the riffs on the new album in these previous works.  So the new Burzum album – “Belus” is released and is the first time Vikernes has been able to let loose in quite some time.

Belus does not disappoint.  It is pure raw black metal with burzum’s atmospheric touches.  You feel like you’re back in the old days when black metal sounded fresh.  He still stands by his principles of low production quality which I feel adds so much to the atmosphere of black metal.  Many bands have ditched this in favour of a more polished sound along with adopting a more punky metal style…. Satyricon, disappointingly being one of the names to do so.  Its clear to see Varg is doing it purely for the music and  not as some post prison money grabbing exercise.  Being 16 years in the making this has to be worth a listen! Varg I’m glad you’re back!

Burzum – Belus, is out today (8th March 2010)