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MEMENTO COLLIDER

Virus

Experimental/Post Metal


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3.90 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Afield (10:22)
2. Rogue Fossil (4:46)
3. Dripping Into Orbit (6:43)
4. Steamer (7:40)
5. Gravity Seeker (6:37)
6. Phantom Oil Slick (9:00)

Total time 45:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Carl-Michael Eide "Czral" / guitar, vocals
- Petter Berntsen "Plenum" / bass
- Einar Sjursø "Esso" / drums, cymbal

With:
- Bård Ingebrigtsen / symth, percussion, Fx, backing vocals, co-producer
- Marita Vårdal Igelkjøn / backing vocals (3), saw (4), percussion (5)
- Daniel Mongrain / guitar solo (5)
- Bård Tufte Johansen / orchestration (5)

Releases information

Artwork: Trine + Kim Design Studio

CD Karisma Records ‎- KAR106CD (2016, Norway)

LP Karisma Records ‎- KAR106LP (2016, Norway)

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VIRUS Memento Collider ratings distribution


3.90
(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
8%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
50%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
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8%
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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Norwegian band VIRUS was formed in 2000 by former members of the black metal band Ved Buens Ende. They released their debut album "Carheart" in 2003, and have since released a new album every four to five years. "Memento Collider" is their fourth full-length studio recording, and was released by the Norwegian label Karisma Records in the early summer of 2016.

The fourth studio album by the Norwegian band Virus is a creative and rather original production, a dark, bleak and striking piece of oppressive yet alluring and mesmerizing progressive rock. A firm taste and established fascination for themes and music of a darker nature will most likely be required to be able to get the music explored here, and those who recognize themselves in such a description are advised to give this one a spin.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Memento Collider" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian avant garde rock/metal act Virus. The album was released through Karisma Records in June 2016. There's been one lineup change since the release of "The Agent That Shapes the Desert (2011)", as original bassist Petter "Plenum" Berntsen has returned to the fold, restoring the original three-piece lineup from the band's debut full-length studio album "Carheart (2003)". Berntsen was out of the band from 2010 to 2014. The remaining members of the lineup are Carl-Michael "Czral" Eide (guitars and vocals) and Einar "Einz" Sjurs' (drums). While five years between albums is a pretty long time, Virus did release the "Oblivion Clock" compilation in 2012.

Stylistically the long time between albums haven't affected the band's vision and sound too much. We're still treated to dark and atmospheric, surreal, and twisted avant garde rock/metal. Dissonant open chords, semi-jazzy organic drumming and a heavy bass, and on top the odd and deranged vocals by Carl-Michael "Czral" Eide. While I do write rock/metal above, there are actually very few metal traits in the music, so it's more in spirit that Virus are connected to the metal scene.

"Memento Collider" features a powerful and organic sounding production, which suits the music perfectly. The material on the 6 track, 45:07 minutes long album is well written, adventurous, and intriguing. Virus have a very unique sound, but as always they've made little tweaks here and there, which ensure that "Memento Collider" stands out in their discography. The tracks are generally pretty long ("Afield" and "Phantom Oil Slick" are both around 9 to 10 minutes long), but they never become too drawn out, despite their often hypnotic repetitive nature. There's a dark organic drive to the compositions which provides them with great energy although the tempo is mostly slow- to mid-paced.

The haunted monotone vocals and abstract gloomy lyrical content contribute greatly to the bleak atmosphere, but the instrumental part of the music is not exactly in the light department either. There are other moods in the music than pitch black darkness though. The occasional nod towards some sort of twisted surf music and what I'd characterize as spy movie soundtrack tendencies on "Gravity Seeker" are examples of that. The percussion on "Phantom Oil Slick" is also a nice touch, which provides that track with a deranged tribal element. It's not showed down your throat though, because Virus are clever enough to incorporate those elements in a relatively subtle manner, which go along well with their core style.

So upon conclusion this is another high quality release by Virus and fans of the band can safely spend their hard earned money on this one. It's delightfully familiar without sounding too derivative of past releases, which of course also means that "Memento Collider" probably won't win over listeners who didn't enjoy the band's other releases. I'm sure Virus can live with that though, as they pretty surely don't play this type of music for commercial reasons (although we all need bread on the table). There's no mistaking the fact that this is a band who creates exactly this type of music for pure artistic reasons, and while some may find such an elitist attitude towards creating art ridiculous, I think it's great to experience that there are still artists out there trying to break down the boundaries of convention without the thought of anything else but creating unique sounding music. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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