When renowned Romanian multi-media artist Costin Chioreanu says of his new video for pioneering experimental rockers VIRUS “I went beyond all my boundaries and I have a feeling I touched a bit of insanity” you know that it’s going to be something unique. Having made his mark not only as a graphic artist, but also as a stage artist, musician, animator and movie maker at a relatively young age, Chioreanu’s new animated video, for the track “Rogue Fossil” from VIRUS’ upcoming album “Memento Collider”, is the latest in a series of collaborations with artists from Karisma Records, and its sister label Dark Essence Records. The video is making its exclusive debut on the following:
Set for release on Karisma Records on the 3rd of June, “Memento Collider” was recorded at the Amper Tone Studios in Oslo and includes a guest performance from VOIVOD’s Dan Mongrain. It is, without a doubt, an album that demonstrates the true essence of progressive rock.
Artwork for “Memento Collider” is by the Trine + Kim Design Studio (http://www.trineogkim.no). Tracklisting on the six-track album as follows:
2. Rogue Fossil
3. Dripping Into Orbit
5. Gravity Seeker
6. Phantom Oil Slick
For over a decade now VIRUS have maintained their status as one of the most unique bands to have emerged from Norway’s burgeoning progressive music scene, and “Memento Collider” sees the band returning to their original three-piece lineup of Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide on guitars and vocals, Petter “Plenum” Berntsen on bass and Einar “Einz” Sjursø on drums. Their otherworldly sound, replete with flowing bass lines, experimental riffs and groovy rhythms, is still the epitome of all that is contained in the definition of “progressive” and “experimental”, and with this, their fourth full-length release, VIRUS have come storming back with an album that is also catchy and melodic.
A pre-listening session for VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” will be held at Kniven in Oslo on the 26th May, whilst the release concert will take place at Pokalen in Oslo on the 24th June. Tickets available from http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/500013
Karisma Records recently debuted the track “Steamer” from VIRUS’ “Memento Collider” and it can be heard at http://virus.bandcamp.com/album/memento-collider
Fan-filmed footage of VIRUS performing the track “Rogue Fossil” from “Memento Collider” live in New York can be seen velow and at https://youtu.be/VccXpd5Y3Nw