Virvum

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ILLUMINANC­E SEA­SON OF MIST VIR­TU­OSO BRU­TAL­ITY FROM CUCKOO CLOCK COUN­TRY

First re­leased in­de­pen­dently late in 2016, Illuminanc­e ex­udes wild am­bi­tion and ex­cel­lence from its open­ing sec­onds. No won­der Sea­son Of Mist have snapped up the Swiss quin­tet’s de­but for a well-de­served reis­sue. Au­da­cious on a tech­ni­cal and com­po­si­tional level, Virvum’s sound will be fa­mil­iar enough to stu­dents of tech­ni­cal or pro­gres­sive death metal, but it’s hard to re­call any other re­cent de­but be­ing this well-rounded, sub­stan­tial or brain-spin­ningly berserk. Even the com­par­a­tively suc­cinct on­slaught of opener The Cypher Supreme seems to con­tain about 300 mu­si­cal ideas, all mesh­ing to­gether per­fectly. Mean­while, the ti­tle track’s pro­gres­sive sprawl is fas­ci­nat­ing for ev­ery one of its nine be­wil­der­ing min­utes. Beau­ti­fully melodic when they feel like it, but star­tling in their in­ten­sity when they don’t, Virvum have made an ab­sorb­ing, ex­cit­ing and ad­ven­tur­ous al­bum at the first at­tempt. Bravo.

FOR FANS OF: NE OBLIVIS­CARIS, THE FACELESS, DEATH

DOM LAW­SON

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