VIRUS
Avant-garde Metal • Norway

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
VIRUS picture
Obscure Norwegian Avant-Garde Metal band VIRUS was formed in 2000 by Carl-Michael Eide (also known as "Czral", "Aggressor") on guitars and vocals, Petter "Plenum" Berntsen (AUDIOPAIN) on bass guitar and Einar "Esso" Sjurso (INFERNÖ) on drums. VIRUS was meant to be a musical continuation of Eide's previous group VED BUENS ENDE, which had released only one full-length album at the time, however, VIRUS's approach to songwriting also changed with the new adherents hired by "Czral". The self-taught minds of VIRUS were influenced by a diverse variety of groups, from VOIVOD to TALKING HEADS, from MILES DAVIS to SODOM, from TORTOISE to UNIVERS ZERO... This explains how the group's only album to date, titled "Carheart", which was released in 2003 on Ulver's label Jester Records, managed to incorporate elements of rock, jazz, pop, electronic and metal music into their sound. However, as complex and genre transcending VIRUS's sound is, the songwriting read more...
Thanks to UMUR for the addition

VIRUS MP3, Free Download/Stream

No VIRUS MP3s available for streaming.

VIRUS Online Videos

See all VIRUS videos

Buy VIRUS music

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
VIRUS Labyrint CD 2002 VIRUS Labyrint CD 2002 USD $66.00 Buy It Now 30m
BLACK FLAG BLACK FLAG "SIX PACK" 3 TRACK E.P..ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES.VIRUS 9. EX. USD $11.24 (0 bids)
49m
Front Line Assembly Virus Us Cd Front Line Assembly Virus Us Cd USD $18.99 Buy It Now 53m
Harold Ray - Live in Concert (CD, Alternative Tentacles/Virus) Harold Ray - Live in Concert (CD, Alternative Tentacles/Virus) USD $0.45 (0 bids)
USD $0.99 Buy It Now
59m
HEATHER NOVA virus of the mind UK cd single rare tracks HEATHER NOVA virus of the mind UK cd single rare tracks USD $8.75 (0 bids)
1h 1m
!!! LOOK !!! AURA NOIR Deep Tracks Of Hell LP 2nd PRESS MAYHEM VIRUS VED BUENS !!! LOOK !!! AURA NOIR Deep Tracks Of Hell LP 2nd PRESS MAYHEM VIRUS VED BUENS USD $18.00 (0 bids)
1h 21m
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY - VIRUS - 12 FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY - VIRUS - 12" SINGLE 45 RPM USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 49m
VIRUS Teo Macero Chick Corea Janis Ian Kinji Fukasaku Japanese soundtrack lp VIRUS Teo Macero Chick Corea Janis Ian Kinji Fukasaku Japanese soundtrack lp USD $44.99 Buy It Now 2h 10m
VARIOUS not so quiet on the western front 2 LP Nm- VIRUS 14 Vinyl 1999 Record VARIOUS not so quiet on the western front 2 LP Nm- VIRUS 14 Vinyl 1999 Record USD $24.95 (0 bids)
2h 11m
Spreadin the virus  RARE   White Label Promo  Mint LP-QUEEN-AC/DC-STONES-ZAPPA Spreadin the virus RARE White Label Promo Mint LP-QUEEN-AC/DC-STONES-ZAPPA USD $20.95 Buy It Now 2h 30m
Heavenly - Virus [CD New] Heavenly - Virus [CD New] USD $15.23 Buy It Now 2h 48m
DEAD KENNEDYS Too Drunk To F*ck The Prey Alternative Tentacles Virus 2-1981 DEAD KENNEDYS Too Drunk To F*ck The Prey Alternative Tentacles Virus 2-1981 USD $13.99 Buy It Now 3h
Butthole Surfers Live Pepper Alternative Tentacles Virus 39 Butthole Surfers Live Pepper Alternative Tentacles Virus 39 USD $6.00 (0 bids)
3h
VIRUS REVELATION LP REISSUE NEW KRAUTROCK SEALED VINYL VIRUS REVELATION LP REISSUE NEW KRAUTROCK SEALED VINYL USD $24.11 Buy It Now 3h
THE VIRUS - BENEFITS OF WAR - 7 THE VIRUS - BENEFITS OF WAR - 7" 4 Song EP Blue & White Colored Vinyl Punk 2003 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3h
HEAVENLY-VIRUS CD NEW HEAVENLY-VIRUS CD NEW USD $17.69 Buy It Now 3h
HEAVENLY - VIRUS NEW CD HEAVENLY - VIRUS NEW CD USD $20.69 Buy It Now 4h
VIRUS - WADU WADU NEW CD VIRUS - WADU WADU NEW CD USD $20.32 Buy It Now 4h
VASILIS KARRAS-OLA ENA PSEMA ORIGINAL VIRUS MUSIC RARE CD  FREE SHIPPING!!! VASILIS KARRAS-OLA ENA PSEMA ORIGINAL VIRUS MUSIC RARE CD FREE SHIPPING!!! USD $13.50 Buy It Now 4h
HEAVENLY - VIRUS - BONUS TRACK NEW CD HEAVENLY - VIRUS - BONUS TRACK NEW CD USD $32.23 Buy It Now 4h
Clit 45 Broken Glass EP  7 Clit 45 Broken Glass EP 7" 492/500 Virus CASUALTIES A Global Threat USD $59.99 Buy It Now 5h
Cold Water Flat CD - Virus Road - Rare CD! Cold Water Flat CD - Virus Road - Rare CD! USD $5.99 Buy It Now 5h
VIRUS - REVELATION 1971 GERMAN PROG TOCK w/ ATMOSPHERIC PSYCH LTD #'D SEALED LP VIRUS - REVELATION 1971 GERMAN PROG TOCK w/ ATMOSPHERIC PSYCH LTD #'D SEALED LP USD $32.95 Buy It Now 6h
VIRUS VIRUS "LUNACY" CD 1989 RARE Metalworks Deathwish Slammer Xentrix *Not Boot* USD $64.90 Buy It Now 6h
Unkindness Of Ravens - Virus [CD New] Unkindness Of Ravens - Virus [CD New] USD $16.08 Buy It Now 6h
Reggaeton Virus [CD New] Reggaeton Virus [CD New] USD $11.42 Buy It Now 6h
Ed Rush / Optical - Zardoz - Virus LISTEN Ed Rush / Optical - Zardoz - Virus LISTEN USD $8.02 Buy It Now 7h
Metallica - Hungarian Rock - Vinyl Virus Germany 1992  - Very Rare Near Mint Metallica - Hungarian Rock - Vinyl Virus Germany 1992 - Very Rare Near Mint USD $65.00 Buy It Now 7h
Meet the Virus - SEALED U.S. cd - RARE! Meet the Virus - SEALED U.S. cd - RARE! USD $8.97 Buy It Now 7h
REGGAETON VIRUS / VARIOUS NEW CD REGGAETON VIRUS / VARIOUS NEW CD USD $17.44 Buy It Now 8h
EXODUS / HYPOCRISY – [4 Track SAMPLER] (CD, 2005) Collectors Item Virus, Shovel EXODUS / HYPOCRISY – [4 Track SAMPLER] (CD, 2005) Collectors Item Virus, Shovel USD $0.99 Buy It Now 9h
Virus 100: Dead Kennedy Covers by Various Artists (CD, Dec-2013, Alternative... Virus 100: Dead Kennedy Covers by Various Artists (CD, Dec-2013, Alternative... USD $4.99 (0 bids)
9h
SQUASH BOWELS - Grind Virus GrindVirus CD Goregrind Regurgitate Carnal Diafragma SQUASH BOWELS - Grind Virus GrindVirus CD Goregrind Regurgitate Carnal Diafragma USD $6.99 Buy It Now 9h
AGGELOS DIONYSIOU-POS MPOREIS ORIGINAL VIRUS CD SEALED FREE SHIPPING!! AGGELOS DIONYSIOU-POS MPOREIS ORIGINAL VIRUS CD SEALED FREE SHIPPING!! USD $14.50 Buy It Now 9h
Brotha Lynch Hung - Virus [CD New] Brotha Lynch Hung - Virus [CD New] USD $17.08 Buy It Now 9h
Virus-Revelation German prog psych cd Virus-Revelation German prog psych cd USD $18.99 Buy It Now 10h
Virus 7 Sick In the Head CD SEALED NEW True Pain You Better Believe Obey Or Die Virus 7 Sick In the Head CD SEALED NEW True Pain You Better Believe Obey Or Die USD $6.99 Buy It Now 10h
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - BEETHOVEN VIRUS - NEW CD ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - BEETHOVEN VIRUS - NEW CD USD $21.47 Buy It Now 11h
THE DEAD KENNEDYS HALLOWEEN / SATURDAY NIGHT HOLOCAUST 7 THE DEAD KENNEDYS HALLOWEEN / SATURDAY NIGHT HOLOCAUST 7" 45 '82 VIRUS 28 NM+ USD $34.99 (0 bids)
11h
DEAD KENNEDYS Bleed For Me 7 DEAD KENNEDYS Bleed For Me 7" Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 23 US 1982 VG++ USD $13.59 Buy It Now 12h
Numina Sanctuary of Dreams dark-ambient spacemusic synthesizer Wavestation Virus Numina Sanctuary of Dreams dark-ambient spacemusic synthesizer Wavestation Virus USD $9.00 (0 bids)
USD $12.00 Buy It Now
13h
KMFDM Virus US 12 KMFDM Virus US 12" EP 1989 wax trax orig ministry skinny puppy wax9108 industria USD $33.00 Buy It Now 14h
VIRUS SYNDICATE - SICK PAY NEW CD VIRUS SYNDICATE - SICK PAY NEW CD USD $20.32 Buy It Now 16h
VIRUS OF KOCH - LUX ET VERITAS, tape-LP (Cult of Fire, Xeper, Acherontas) VIRUS OF KOCH - LUX ET VERITAS, tape-LP (Cult of Fire, Xeper, Acherontas) USD $6.99 (0 bids)
18h
VIRUS SYNDICATE - WORK RELATED ILLNESS NEW CD VIRUS SYNDICATE - WORK RELATED ILLNESS NEW CD USD $20.32 Buy It Now 19h
Matrix - Sleepwalk (2000) VIRUS RECORDINGS Matrix - Sleepwalk (2000) VIRUS RECORDINGS USD $12.85 Buy It Now 19h
Reggaeton Virus CD Reggaeton Virus CD USD $15.55 Buy It Now 21h
Virus Syndicate - Sick Pay CD Virus Syndicate - Sick Pay CD USD $17.08 Buy It Now 21h
Brotha Lynch Hung - Virus CD Brotha Lynch Hung - Virus CD USD $18.71 Buy It Now 22h
Virus - Black Flux CD Virus - Black Flux CD USD $13.19 Buy It Now 22h
Subliminal - Cyrus The Virus - Japan CD - NEW - 10Tracks Subliminal - Cyrus The Virus - Japan CD - NEW - 10Tracks USD $15.19 Buy It Now 22h
Sick Pay - Syndicate Virus New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping Sick Pay - Syndicate Virus New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $20.89 Buy It Now 23h
Heavenly - Virus [CD New] Heavenly - Virus [CD New] USD $25.51 Buy It Now 1 day
Erase The Virus - Songs In The Key Of Filth (2008 CD) New & Sealed Erase The Virus - Songs In The Key Of Filth (2008 CD) New & Sealed USD $5.55 Buy It Now 1 day
Virus - Wadu Wadu [CD New] Virus - Wadu Wadu [CD New] USD $16.57 Buy It Now 1 day
ONAR-DEN MPORO NA HARAMISO ALLI ANASA ORIGINAL VIRUS CD NEW FREE SHIPPING !!!!! ONAR-DEN MPORO NA HARAMISO ALLI ANASA ORIGINAL VIRUS CD NEW FREE SHIPPING !!!!! USD $15.50 Buy It Now 1 day
RARE One Sided 12 Inch VIRUS Vs THE CURE White Label Test Pressing REMIX PROMO RARE One Sided 12 Inch VIRUS Vs THE CURE White Label Test Pressing REMIX PROMO USD $5.61 (0 bids)
1 day
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY Virus 12 FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY Virus 12" vinyl single 2 vers USD $11.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Jello Biafra TUMOR CIRCUS Virus CD 1991 RARE Jello Biafra TUMOR CIRCUS Virus CD 1991 RARE USD $8.04 (0 bids)
1 day
Virus Cd Lab 4 Live Set Hard House Hard Trance NRG Japanese Import Very Rare Virus Cd Lab 4 Live Set Hard House Hard Trance NRG Japanese Import Very Rare USD $24.11 Buy It Now 1 day
Virus Cd Lab 4 Live Set Hard House Hard Trance Acid Trance NRG  Rare Tidy Trax Virus Cd Lab 4 Live Set Hard House Hard Trance Acid Trance NRG Rare Tidy Trax USD $16.07 Buy It Now 1 day
SKRAPYARD Sex Is Sex 1991 Lady Marmalade Virus 103 East Bay Ray Dead Kennedys SKRAPYARD Sex Is Sex 1991 Lady Marmalade Virus 103 East Bay Ray Dead Kennedys USD $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ISOLATED IN THE GAME * THE VIRUS * 2000 * RARE * RAP * BAY AREA * G-FUNK ISOLATED IN THE GAME * THE VIRUS * 2000 * RARE * RAP * BAY AREA * G-FUNK USD $5.99 Buy It Now 1 day
THE BEATNIGS - THE BEATNIGS LP VIRUS65 1988 ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES VG+ THE BEATNIGS - THE BEATNIGS LP VIRUS65 1988 ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES VG+ USD $11.24 (0 bids)
1 day
Virus – Feel The Rhythm - Creative Rhythm  LISTEN Virus – Feel The Rhythm - Creative Rhythm LISTEN USD $16.07 Buy It Now 1 day
VIRUS STEPPING STONE 7 RARE KBD Oi ONE WAY SYSTEM BLITZ CLASH DAMNED VIRUS STEPPING STONE 7 RARE KBD Oi ONE WAY SYSTEM BLITZ CLASH DAMNED USD $14.46 (0 bids)
1 day
Virus 100: Dead Kennedy Covers by Various Artists (CD, Original 1992 Release) Virus 100: Dead Kennedy Covers by Various Artists (CD, Original 1992 Release) USD $4.00 Buy It Now 1 day
HALF JAPANESE HALF JAPANESE "Bone Head" 1997 Alternative Tentacles ‎ VIRUS 197 12" w/Insert EX USD $19.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Iron Maiden Virus - 1996 EMI CD-Single Iron Maiden Virus - 1996 EMI CD-Single USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Slim Cessna's Auto Club Unentitled LP Alternative Tentacles Virus 425 2011 New Slim Cessna's Auto Club Unentitled LP Alternative Tentacles Virus 425 2011 New USD $14.99 Buy It Now 1 day
45 RECORD LAURIE ANDERSON LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS WLP WHITE LABEL PROMO 45 RECORD LAURIE ANDERSON LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS WLP WHITE LABEL PROMO USD $5.98 Buy It Now 1 day
BUTTHOLE SURFERS-acid punk-virus 32 alternative tentacles-USA EX+ BUTTHOLE SURFERS-acid punk-virus 32 alternative tentacles-USA EX+ USD $7.71 (0 bids)
USD $14.84 Buy It Now
1 day
THE BEATNIGS-1988-alternative tentacles-insert-booklet-USA virus 65- VG++ THE BEATNIGS-1988-alternative tentacles-insert-booklet-USA virus 65- VG++ USD $7.71 (0 bids)
USD $14.84 Buy It Now
1 day
The Melvins Mangled Demos 2005 2 10 The Melvins Mangled Demos 2005 2 10" Record SIGNED King Buzzo NM Virus 337 USD $142.50 Buy It Now 1 day
DOA LET'S WRECK THE PARTY VINYL VG+ VIRUS 44 W/LYRIC SHEET HARDCORE PUNK DOA LET'S WRECK THE PARTY VINYL VG+ VIRUS 44 W/LYRIC SHEET HARDCORE PUNK USD $10.00 (0 bids)
1 day
D.O.A. Positively No God No Country No Lies 1981 Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 7 D.O.A. Positively No God No Country No Lies 1981 Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 7 USD $37.90 Buy It Now 1 day
TOTAL CHAOS TOTAL CHAOS "Pledge of Defiance" CD the virus varukers chaos uk USD $5.99 (0 bids)
1 day
Heavenly - Virus CD SEOUL RECO Heavenly - Virus CD SEOUL RECO USD $29.04 Buy It Now 1 day
SKARF - 1st Mini Album: Luv Virus CD NEW $2.99 S/H SKARF - 1st Mini Album: Luv Virus CD NEW $2.99 S/H USD $13.98 Buy It Now 1 day
DJ ARSENIY vs. DJ BINOKL DJ BATTLE VIRUS PRODUCTIONS DJ ARSENIY vs. DJ BINOKL DJ BATTLE VIRUS PRODUCTIONS USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BEATNIGS Beatnigs LP 15 Track (virus65) Wear To Sleeve UK Alternative Tentacles BEATNIGS Beatnigs LP 15 Track (virus65) Wear To Sleeve UK Alternative Tentacles USD $13.49 Buy It Now 1 day
D.O.A. 13 Flavours Of Doom LP 13 Track  (virus117) UK Alternative Tentacles 1992 D.O.A. 13 Flavours Of Doom LP 13 Track (virus117) UK Alternative Tentacles 1992 USD $13.01 Buy It Now 1 day
D.O.A. Let's Wreck The Party LP 12 Track With Insert (virus44) US Alternative Te D.O.A. Let's Wreck The Party LP 12 Track With Insert (virus44) US Alternative Te USD $12.24 Buy It Now 1 day
ERASERHEAD Original Soundtrack LP 2 Track/sides With Inner And Insert (virus30) ERASERHEAD Original Soundtrack LP 2 Track/sides With Inner And Insert (virus30) USD $49.65 Buy It Now 1 day
VIRUS - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF T26) VIRUS - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF T26) USD $16.00 Buy It Now 2 days
SKRAPYARD Sex Is Sex LP 7 Track Sticker And Pen Marks (virus103) UK Alternative SKRAPYARD Sex Is Sex LP 7 Track Sticker And Pen Marks (virus103) UK Alternative USD $8.43 Buy It Now 2 days
VIRUS SOUNDTRACK Various Artists LP 10 Track With Insert And Strip Sleeve Has St VIRUS SOUNDTRACK Various Artists LP 10 Track With Insert And Strip Sleeve Has St USD $22.40 Buy It Now 2 days
VIRUS REVELATION 1ST EDITION RARE OOP CD VIRUS REVELATION 1ST EDITION RARE OOP CD USD $39.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Global virus Hart House America CD SEALED Global virus Hart House America CD SEALED USD $2.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Unseen Protect And Serve Test Press 7 Unseen Protect And Serve Test Press 7" Vml Casualties Virus A Global Threat USD $20.50 (2 bids)
2 days
Coracko - New Virus Spreads! Melodic Hard Rock Icon King Kobra Coracko - New Virus Spreads! Melodic Hard Rock Icon King Kobra USD $5.00 (0 bids)
2 days
IRON MAIDEN  -  VIRUS  -  3 TRACK CD SINGLE IN DIGIPAK ON EMI LABEL IRON MAIDEN - VIRUS - 3 TRACK CD SINGLE IN DIGIPAK ON EMI LABEL USD $6.43 (1 bids)
2 days
DEAD KENNEDYS FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTING VEGETABLES LP VIRUS 1 ORIGINAL ISSUE DEAD KENNEDYS FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTING VEGETABLES LP VIRUS 1 ORIGINAL ISSUE USD $29.23 Buy It Now 2 days
En Mis Venas by El Chivo (CD, 2010, Virus Enterprises) kinto sol, En Mis Venas by El Chivo (CD, 2010, Virus Enterprises) kinto sol, USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
CD Single: Dance Floor Virus : Message In A Bottle CD Single: Dance Floor Virus : Message In A Bottle USD $2.40 (0 bids)
2 days
CODEX TV , VIRUS & MAGIKA CODEX TV , VIRUS & MAGIKA USD $20.79 Buy It Now 2 days
CD Big Boy CD Big Boy "Virus" Latino rap & reggae groove 2000 IMPORT USD $0.99 (0 bids)
2 days
Carcel de Suenos by Kinto Sol (CD, Mar-2009, Virus (USA)) Carcel de Suenos by Kinto Sol (CD, Mar-2009, Virus (USA)) USD $9.99 (0 bids)
2 days
Showing all 100 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com
Amazon (logo)
Nuestras 30 Mejores CancionesNuestras 30 Mejores Canciones
Import
Sony Bmg Europe 2007
Audio CD$11.15
$9.99 (used)
Vivo: Obras 1986Vivo: Obras 1986
Import
Sony Import 2011
Audio CD$2.81
$16.89 (used)
LocuraLocura
Import
Sony Import 2011
Audio CD$4.98
$9.21 (used)
Superficies De PlacerSuperficies De Placer
Import
Sony Import 2011
Audio CD$2.64
$6.00 (used)
Singles and RaritiesSingles and Rarities
Sound Pollution 2001
Audio CD$18.47
$23.74 (used)
Showing 5 items | Cache expiring in 72h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com

More places to buy metal & VIRUS music

VIRUS Discography

VIRUS albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.02 | 4 ratings
Carheart
Avant-garde Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.99 | 3 ratings
The Black Flux
Avant-garde Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.76 | 8 ratings
The Agent That Shapes the Desert
Avant-garde Metal 2011

VIRUS EPs & splits

VIRUS live albums

VIRUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Demo 2000
Avant-garde Metal 2009

VIRUS boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Oblivion Clock
Avant-garde Metal 2012

VIRUS singles (0)

VIRUS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

VIRUS Reviews

VIRUS Carheart

Album · 2003 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
On Carheart, the blasted remnants of avant-black metal outfit Ved Buens Ende shudder into life again in the new form of Virus. This time, the black metal focus which had kept Ved Buens Ende's sound anchored and coherent is set aside, resulting in freewheeling experimentation even more reminiscent of Mr Bungle. There are points where the band seem to be experimenting for experimentalism's sake and trying to feel out their new sound and songwriting preferences, and sometimes they make decisions which don't really add much aesthetically (the production applied to the vocals on the title track I find to be particularly pointless aesthetically), but on the whole it's an interesting grab-bag of ideas.

VIRUS Oblivion Clock

Boxset / Compilation · 2012 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"Oblivion Clock" is a compilation album by Norwegian avant garde rock/metal act Virus. The album was released through Virulent Records/Duplicate Records in December 2012. It´s sometimes refered to as an EP, but it´s actually a compilation of a four track EP featuring new recordings (only available on this release as far as I know), the two tracks from the rare 7" single that came with only 250 copies of the vinyl version of "The Agent That Shapes the Desert (2011)" and one unreleased track from "Carheart (2003)" sessions.

While there are notable differences in sound production between the tracks (all tracks feature a raw yet well sounding production), it´s actually amazing how well "Oblivion Clock" goes down as one consistent product. At least I´m greatly entertained all the way through the relatively short playing time of 31:30 minutes. The music on the album is in the band´s trademark dissonant avant garde rock/metal style. It´s dark and sinister and delivered with a sense of carnival madness that only Virus master. While the music only borders metal, it´s often damn heavy and while it´s not always directly aggressive, there´s aggression just underneath every note played, but also a deep despair. References to acts like Bauhaus and Joy Division aren´t completely wrong but the dissonance of Voivod is also a big part of Virus sound. It´s however Carl-Michael Eide´s lunatic singing style that´s the number one defining element in Virus sound. The man sounds positively deranged...

Because the tracks are compiled from different sessions, "Oblivion Clock" is a rather varied release. While all tracks are unmistakably the sound of Virus, tracks like the upbeat "Saturday Night Virus" and the Walker Brothers cover "Shutout" are a bit different from what I usually expect from Virus and I think it suits them well to branch out and try new and different things. Other highlights to me are the title track and "Inverted Escape".

Not all compilations featuring rare material and B-sides, which I´d put "Oblivion Clock" in catagory with, are equally interesting or necessary for that matter, but "Oblivion Clock" is not one of those. It´s in fact a very great release with material that´s fully on par with anything the band have released on their preceeding studio albums. I find "Oblivion Clock" highly recommendable both to fans and to newcommers, who could do well by starting their Virus journey here. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

VIRUS The Black Flux

Album · 2008 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"The Black Flux" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Norwegian experimental rock/metal act Virus. The album was released through Season of Mist in November 2008. Virus is the brainchild of Czral (Carl-Michael Eide) who handles vocals and guitars. Esso (Einar Sjurso) handles the drums and the bass is played by Plenum (Petter Berntsen). There are a few guest musicians on the album. Bård Ingebrigtsen add baritone guitar, violin, piano and slide to the mix while Benny "B9" Braaten adds ambience (whatever that is).

The tracks for "The Black Flux" were originally meant to be released on the comeback album by Ved Buens Ende who had reformed in April 2006 after they originally split up in 1997. Czral and Vicotnik (Yusaf Parvez) apparently weren´t able to make the ends meet though and split up again in 2007. Vicotnik went on to work on the "Supervillain Outcast (2007)" album by Dødheimsgard and more recently the "Resplendent Grotesque (2009)" album by Code. Czral on the other hand opted to take the tracks that were originally written for the next Ved Buens Ende album and turn them into Virus songs.

The music the three-piece conjure up on "The Black Flux" is dark, twisted and slightly experiental rock/metal. Imagine what would happen if Joy Division and Voivod made a collaborative album. This is indeed a bleak and dissonant sounding album. The vocals by Czral are desperate, monotone and depressive while the instrumental side of the music is built upon twisted, dissonant riffs and a great playing rythm section. The music can seem a bit repetitive and maybe a bit too monotone in nature upon first listen but given time small recognisable hooks start to appear. There are many excellent compositions on this album but the ending track "Strange Calm" and especially the intense "As Virulent as You" really make my blood boil. The latter simply blows me away. It´s one of those rare songs that literally creates vivid and unpleasant images of vile and dark things in my mind. The opening lines to "As Virulent as You" belong in the twisted and bizarre genious catagory when Czral sings: "Your contaminated majesty, You live in my wounds". He sounds like a cross between a scary lunatic and a delirious alcoholic. Brilliant.

The production is organic and dark. It suits the music perfectly.

"The Black Flux" is an excellent release by Virus and I find it a highly recommendable purchase for fans of dark and twisted experimental rock/metal. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

VIRUS The Agent That Shapes the Desert

Album · 2011 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Conor Fynes
'The Agent That Shapes The Desert' - Virus (7/10)

From a country known for its relatively wintery landscapes like Norway, I would not have expected to hear an overtly desert-rock styled album, as I do with avant-garde rockers Virus and their third full length. From the ashes of legendary avant-metal act Ved Buens Ende came Virus, a band that has often been met with conflicting genre labels and categorizations, and all to their credit; they do bear a strikingly unique sound to them. 'The Agent That Shapes The Desert' starts 2011 on quite a good note for these talented musicians, and while I cannot say that the magic of this album is all too suited to my tastes, I have no trouble seeing why fans of metal and avant-garde music alike are swooning over the record.

From a personal perspective, I see the music on Virus' 'The Agent That Shapes The Desert' as being some sort of eccentric cross between fellow Norwegians Arcturus, and the latter-era Americana of drone pioneers Earth. Contrary to the 'metal' label that this band and album has been receiving alot, the sound is instead more rooted in a sort of jazz-inspired desert rock, full with dissonant riffing, strange song structures and odd time signatures to hold up the rear. Instrumentally, I must say that the music is incredible at painting some quirky imagery of a post-apocalyptic desert, complete with tumbleweed and wind-bitten cow skulls.

Where the sound of Virus starts to go wrong with me are primarily to do with the vocals of Czral. Feeling far too highly mixed in terms of volume, Czral's somewhat operatic croon really tends to grind against the sound of the album, feeling cheesy and even campy at times. Although I will admit that the voice does grow with each listen, the mixing issue remains an issue. Also, while melody is obviously not a big concern with alot of avant-garde music, Virus' fairly concise and riff-based music songwriting could have done with some hooks to add a more engaging quality to the music.

An excellent album on an instrumental level, although I still am not yet convinced by the vocal work even after several experiences with it. 'The Agent That Shapes The Desert' will be sure to be an album that sticks around for quite a while on playlists, and while the desert rock style here doesn't much mesh with my personal tastes, I can certainly see this as certainly being one of the more unique albums to come out in 2011.

VIRUS The Agent That Shapes the Desert

Album · 2011 · Avant-garde Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
UMUR
"The Agent That Shapes the Desert" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Norwegian avant garde rock/ metal act Virus. The album was co-released in February 2011 by Virulent Music/ Dublicate Records.

During the recording of the album Virus parted ways with Season of Mist and had to resort to alternative funding to complete the album. Therefore Virus announced on the Dublicate Records homepage that they encouraged fans to pre-order "The Agent That Shapes the Desert", in order for the band to be able to finish and release the album. So "The Agent That Shapes the Desert" is one of those albums that was forged with blood, sweat and tears (and with help from the dedicated fans). Not only did the band co-release the album on their own label Virulent Music, they are also responsible for paying for additional studio time, mastering, printing and promoting the album.

The music on the album continues the dark, twisted and bleak rock/ metal style that Virus have become known for. The vocals are bleak, monotone and desperate sounding, the guitar riffs are dissonant, twisted and open strings and chords are often used. The drums are laid back and cool and session bassist Bjeima plays some rather intriguing basslines. Take a listen to the bassline in the opening title track for an example of that.

As usual though there are enough twists and turns and unique sounding ideas to tell the album apart from the band´s previous releases. First of all the production is very different from the bass heavy and dark production on "The Black Flux (2008)". The sound is lighter and the guitar has a distinct thin sound. Not thin in a negative sense, but the sound is purposely not very distorted or heavy. The compositions themselves also deviate some. So while the band definitely have what I would characterize as a core sound, they are not afraid to try new things. The rather progressive "Dead Cities Of Syria" and "Chromium Sun", the latter which features a semi-disco beat, are examples of songs where Virus incorporate new features into their core sound. The way Czral delivers his vocals in the title track is also a new element. An element I hope the band will explore further on subsequent releases. If the band were to start using more varied vocal styles, their releases could be even greater IMO. Speaking of varied vocal styles the closing track "Call Of The Tuskers" features a guest vocal performance by Garm (Ulver), which is never a bad thing.

As with the two predecessors "The Agent That Shapes the Desert" is an album that takes time to sink in and appreciate. Even though the music is mostly based on simple rock instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums ( there are also a few keyboard parts as far as I can hear), there are lots of details in the music that you probably won´t catch on your first listen. "The Agent That Shapes the Desert" continues the high quality that I´ve come to expect from Virus and while I still feel the album hasn´t completely clicked with me yet and has the potential of growing even more on me over time, I´ll risk my neck and give out a 4 star rating. It´s not everyday you come across an act as unique sounding as Virus and succesful innovation and experimentation is always something I´m prepared to honour.

VIRUS Movies Reviews

No VIRUS movie reviews posted yet.

VIRUS Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

VIRUS Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Traditional heavy metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Symbolic Death Metal
DEATH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Idolized Hard Rock
SILVER
Buy this album from MMA partners
Lacrima Dei Gothic Metal
MEDEN AGAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Come To Wither Power Metal
VANISH
Buy this album from MMA partners
Confronto / In Other Climes Metalcore
IN OTHER CLIMES
Buy this album from MMA partners
Cult of Steel Power Metal
LONEWOLF
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

Why
EMBERSLAND
misschuckiny· 1 day ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online