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3.99 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stalkers Of The Drift (4:29)
2. As Virulent As You (5:56)
3. Archives (6:31)
4. The Black Flux (6:39)
5. Intermission: The Ocean Highway (3:54)
6. Inward Bound (6:50)
7. Lost Peacocks (5:48)
8. Shame Eclipse (4:12)
9. Strange Calm (8:52)

Total time 53:11

Line-up / Musicians

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

- Bård Ingebrigtsen / baritone guitar, violin, piano, Fx, co-producer
- Benny "B9" Braaten / soundscapes (3,5)

Releases information

Artwork: Trine Paulsen with Sapfo Stavrides (photo)

CD Season Of Mist ‎- SOM 188 (2008, Europe)

LP Duplicate Records ‎- DUPLO 50 (2012, Europe)

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VIRUS The Black Flux ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
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Review by Tapfret
4 stars More black, less flux

Sub-genre: Progressive Metal (with a side order of AvantGarde)
For Fans of: Voivod
Vocal Style: Gothic sounding Peter Murphy/Steele-esque
Guitar Style: Distorted electric
Keyboard Style: I hear a piano once
Percussion Style: Standard rock kit played much heavier than previous album
Bass Style: Picked electric, occasional overdriven sound
Other Instruments: Piano and Violin somewhere

Summary: Five years removed from a nearly perfect freshman effort, Carheart, Virus returns with a more metallic presentation. The feel of dissonance in the guitar/bass remains, but the contrast has taken a back seat to a more straight forward distorted sound. The eerie clean breaks have been substituted with heavy handed power throughout the album, but not in an overly-compressed Meshuggah style stomp. The musical structure still contains a significant complexity, but not nearly comparable to Carheart.

A definite shift in vocal style occurs as well. An almost evangelical dissertation is pronounced in very gothic fashion that is reminiscent of the more guttural moments of Peter Murphy (Bauhaus). One thing that remains the same is the darkness and despair conveyed by the sound. This is not one for those seeking out the Yeses of the Progressive world.

The Highlight for me is the franticly busy Lost Peacocks with its sinister walking bass and creepy chromatic chorus. The bridge vocal harmonies will make the hair stand on the back of your neck.

Final Score: The first listen was at times disappointing due to the aforementioned lack of contrast. Where Carheart required no break-in time, The Black Flux was distinctly different in that regard. But the growth factor kicked in quickly. This album will appeal less to Avant-Garde/RIO fans and more to Post Metal or Extreme Metal fans. 3.8 stars, rounded up.

Review by Bonnek
4 stars It's no coincidence I reviewed this album together with Intronaut's Prehostoricisms. They are quite different but expressions of the same musical philosophy: free expression, highly innovating musicianship, dense chord progressions and other jazzy goodies.

The music is decidedly less heavy then Intronaut and replaces the Neurosis and Tool stylings with an equal amount of Voivod complexities and the haunting anguish of Bauhaus, especially in the vocal department, but also in the yearning guitar licks. Again, this music has little to do with metal. It's highly experimental but not heavier then Voivod was around Nothingface. It's highly chromatic, not to say atonal and almost categorically non-melodic.

To draw a last parallel with Intronaut, the vocals might be the aspect that will shy away most listeners. The plaintive declamatory diction gets heavy to take after a few songs. Maybe the album would have benefited from more instrumental parts or from some melodic relief left or right. But I'm quite sure they did it on purpose. Easy-listening this is not, but one of the most unique and innovative bands around? Sure. 3.5 stars

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "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.

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