In conspiracy with Duplicate Records, Nuclear War Now! is reissuing the first three Virus (Norway) albums Carheart, The Black Flux and The Agent that Shapes the Desert, on the vinyl format. As a somewhat distant but still closely musically-related descendant of Ved Buens Ende, the music of Virus bears a somewhat more striking similarity to Nothingface-era Voivod than it does its black metal antecedent. With its generous reliance on an almost mechanized sequencing of dissonant chords and riffs, in confluence with a predominantly bass-driven backdrop, Virus draws an unmistakable influence from Voivod's more experimental, post-thrash period.
At the same time, these recordings exude a darkness that also resembles the prominent involvement of the band's mastermind, Czral, in Ved Buens Ende, whose vision of black metal already contained traces of a genre-breaking evolution in the mid-1990s. The combination of these influences results in a series of recordings that straddle the boundary between second-wave black metal and one of its early offshoots.
The outlandish threesome's debut Carheart, originally released on CD by Jester Records in 2003, and later on vinyl by Duplicate in 2009, remains a fan favorite with its unheard of mixture of Czral's trademark dissonant riffs and alien vocals, Plenum's rollercoaster-gone-bad bass excursions and Einz's infectious grooves. All is seasoned with a healthy dose of Monty Python-esque imagery and absurd darkness.