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Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars It's all gone weird: 8/10

Looking broadly, VIRUS proves to be of a wholly different species from their ancestors, VED BUENS ENDE but, just like in every good evolutionary process, they still share a few similarities, especially regarding their intrinsic characteristics.

In fact, if I were to point said similitudes - of which only one is worth noticing -, I'd go around saying both fellas are able to paint a bleak and mesmerizingly surreal atmosphere to their songs through absurdist and seemingly nonsensical lyrics, dissonant tunes that cause unsettlingness similar to ants crawling your skin, and being overall unmatched in terms of melody. Easy now though. Remember? Wholly different species. Don't get your avant-blackjazz all too aroused, "oh yes, finally, a continuation for WRITTEN IN WATERS". Nope. After all, they're unmatched in terms of melody, including among themselves.

You see, VED BUENS ENDE did all of this within a black metal atmosphere, with all its gloomy, tenebrous, cold glory. And Virus don't. Fuck being copycats of themselves, they play their own style, their own, eerie style of heavier-than- heavy-but-not-heavier-than-death dissonant metal; the drumming isn't nearly as bold and inventive as VBE's (in fact, rhythmically speaking CARHEART is a banger but also formulaic). That's the difference. But then you ask me, how does CARHEART sound? To which I'd answer, as I hardly do answer, you really gotta listen to it if you know how it's like. Well, it's not spectacularly innovative or off-this-world material, brought to us by genius minds to revolutionize music, it's just different, peculiar, unlike anything else. But hey, isn't that how evolution works, it just creates new things? When starfishes were invented, no one in the sea had seen anything alike. Doesn't make them amazingly important though, does it? Just... interesting. An interesting addition to the sea, the already freakish, filled with interesting things, sea.

To wrap it up: it's good. It's fun. It's CREEPY. A concept album about cars. That alone should warn you, this is creepy. And the vocals at Gum, Meet, Mother. Oh, my. You know, VIRUS shows potential. Just like starfishes eventually became humans (well, not really), maybe VIRUS is prone to, eventually, release something truly revolutionary. 'cause, just like DNA mutations, these guys clearly show a burning passion for creating new, weird things no one expected to exist.

Checka-checka-check it out! Worth your time, metal fans.

Luqueasaur | 4/5 |


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