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4.14 | 32 ratings | 6 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Something Furry This Way Comes (1:36)
2. Carheart (3:56)
3. Queen of the Hi-Ace (4:15)
4. Road (5:44)
5. Gum, Meet, Mother (5:00)
6. Dogs With Wheels (1:33)
7. It's All Gone Weird (5:39)
8. Kennel Crash Recovery (2:30)
9. Hustler (5:19)
10. Bandit (4:32)
11. Be Elevator (8:49)

Total Time: 49:01

Line-up / Musicians

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

- Aggie Peterson / backing vocals (3)
- Kristoffer Rygg / backing vocals (3)
- Øyvind Hægeland / backing vocals (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Kim Sølve with Trine Paulsen (logo)

CD Jester Records ‎- Trick 011 (2003, Norway)

LP Duplicate Records ‎- DUPLO 32 (2010, Norway) New cover art

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VIRUS Carheart ratings distribution

(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (19%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars Virus is a project band for norwegian musician Czral ( Ved Buens Ende and Dødheimsgard) and this is the debut album Carheart. The style is very much in the same vein as Ved Buens Ende´s sole album Written in Waters, which was also very much Czral´s brainchild. On that one he was helped out by Vicotnik from Dødheimsgard though and Written In Waters had a lot of black metal influences. Carheart is more modern sounding than Written in Waters but Czral´s sense for desperate and strange vocals are still intact. Sometimes he reminds me of some of the darker new wave vocalists from bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division or maybe even a darker Nick Cave crooner.

The music is not conventional heavy metal and even though the members of Virus are deeply rooted in the norwegian black metal community Carheart doesn´t sound much like black metal either. The riffs are dissonant and not your conventional metal power riff or tremolo picking. The clearest influence I can hear is Voivod or maybe even some of the more dissonant King Crimson. Two other albums I would say is related to Carheart are Killing Joke´s Extremeties and various other Emotions and Morgoth´s Feel Sorry for the Fanatic. The overall mood in the music is that of desperation and despair which is emphazised really well by Czral´s vocals. Just listen to a song like It's All Gone Weird. The music is not very complex and relies much on dark emotions. The prog tendencies are not in complex structure but more in the whole concept and innovative nature of the music. Songs like Road and Hustler is a bit different than the rest of the songs as they delve more into post rock territory.

The musicians are very competent even though there is no particular need for that in this kind of music.

The production is dark and raw but a bit more polished than Ved Buens Ende if you compare those two.

I think Carheart will mostly appeal to post metal/ experimental metal fans and not black metal fans. Fans of Ved Buens Ende and Dødheimsgard should take a listen too. I think this album is really special and allthough I don´t think Virus is as innovative as Czral´s other bands Ved Buens Ende and Dødheimsgard I still consider Carheart to be an excellent addition to your prog rock/ metal collection. Not recommended to depressive minds though, this might bring you down even more. A sure 4 star album for me.

Review by Tapfret
5 stars Metal in Opposition

Sub-genre: Prog-Metal (Ventures well outside conventional Prog-Metal, though the genre provides the best overall fit)
For Fans of: Voivod (Dimension Hatross, Nothingface era), any of the heavier Avant-Garde/RIO bands
Vocal Style: A more melodic version of Denis (Snake) Belanger. Hints of Peter Murphy. No Cookiemonster or Wailing
Guitar Style: Electric, not as distorted as typical Metal fare, frequent eerie FX like tremolo
Keyboard Style: A rare note or two of a phased out moog.
Percussion Style: Modest rock/metal kit played with skillful contrast
Bass Style: Picked clean electric, often played in walks that counterpoint the guitar
Other Instruments: Cars, dogs, wood blocks

Summary: This Norwegian band, supposedly a side project, is one of those bands that comes along and requires no "grow on" time. The immediate feeling is that Virus is a non-thrashy version of Voivod. The vocals and guitar dissonance immediately conjures images of Nothingface. But differences are quickly apparent. The guitar parts are more arpeggio driven and stray from standard metal conventions in both composition and sound. The distortion is often substituted for creepy effects that harkens back to tense scenes from 70's horror films. But the influence of Piggy is all around. Frequent broad reverbs create mysterious auras in the songs.

One of the primary differences that can be pointed out Between Virus and Voivod is the story within the music is more human. The themes are of loss and madness with strange allusions and metaphors to dogs and cars. The older of the two bands had a more typically science-fiction element to their concepts. One envisions in Carheart the descent of an isolated soul into insanity during a long Nordic winter night.

While the attachment to the punky side of their primary influence is a bit subdued, further attachments can be made to bands like Univers Zero and Present. The unusual chord structures and atonal counterpoint are identifiable, though the instrument selections may not be as eclectic. More comparisons may be drawn to fathers of the gothic world such as Bauhaus, though those comparisons would be more cosmetic than substantive, though an undeniable Peter Murphy-like vocal is used in the song Its All Gone Weird.

Final Score: I became an instant fan of this "side project". Like anything that is Avant-Garde/RIO related, it is not for everybody. But those music listeners who appreciate the genre and enjoy it delivered with a more distorted electronic approach will really dig this album and should be considered essential. Carheart takes a wrinkle in Progressive Metal started by a thoughtful quartet of Canadian punks and runs with it. 4.7 stars rounded up.

Review by frippism
5 stars The full-fledging arid dry daunting intimidating hilarious and beautiful masterpiece of metal.

There are few albums to which I go to more than this one. In many ways- it contradicts any and all stereotypes of Norwegian metal. Where the stereotypical Norwegian metal band will immediately bring you images of sharp and steep cliffs and fjords, daunting and freezing winters, the first thing I usually think about when I listen Virus is the desert. A flat, bare, empty, desert. Bizarre, dissonant, with production where everything just sounds so dry and compact. Czral (who is also well known as the drummer in Ved Buens Ende), the eternal genius he is, has a distortion so dry, crunchy, bare, that it almost makes my mouth dry really. The drum set is jazzy and punchy, with all drums tuned to sound tight and with minimal echo. All cymbals are incredibly crisp. And then that bass. Almost galloping, almost as if at times it's chasing those guitar lines. It all comes to indent in the end Czral's brilliant, arpeggio-picking, drop tuned guitar. The drop-C guitar tuning brings more than heaviness in this album, but darkness, the sort of darkness I get from a hallucinations, insanity. Czral's guitars are never showy, but they are what drive this album forward into new, twisted directions. It's not that this album is that heavy, it is that it is in conclusion so twisted, dark, somewhat insane, that metal seems the only logical choice to identify Virus as.

But the sound is so different! Not quite like anything I've heard. And one of the stronger trademarks of this album, is Kvohst's powerful, epic, sincere, croon. It's almost god like. Almost as if you're walking in a desert and he is speaking over you calling you a fallish mortal and making fun of your hair. Like he doesn't take anything you do with your life seriously. It is impressive and at times really funny. There's also quite an interesting use of ambient passages in between songs. Many of them actually consist of cars whizzing by (Carheart eh?), and a particularly powerful and creepy sampling from what I assume to be dialogue from a French movie.

Every tiniest little detailed was fine tuned, to give the album the correct atmosphere, to give it that Virus vibe. It is a joy to revisit this songs to find this little tweaks, to appreciate the powerful wall of sound which the guitar work display here. It is a sound that is so unforgettable, and in many ways inspiring and thought provoking. It is emotional as it is maniacal as it is beautiful.

I suggest you join the fun!

Review by Warthur
3 stars 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.

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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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#1947197) | Posted by Luqueasaur | Monday, July 9, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Virus to me is one of the most original, brilliant and innovative band in the progressive metal scene this day. Signed with Jester Records (the label which includes a lot of unusual bands, Ulver being amongst them), these norweigen threesome play a distorted sound of the guitars, creating a very ... (read more)

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