Virus rose out of the ashes of avant-garde black metal innovators Ved Buens Ende in the year 2000. VBE founding member, songwriter and vocalist/drummer Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide wished to further explore the more outlandish terrains of his former band and asked bass player extraordinaire Petter “Plenum” Berntsen (of Audiopain fame) and versatile drummer Einar “Einz” Sjursø (Beyond Dawn, Inferno, Lamented Souls) to join him.
The debut album ‘Carheart’ was released by Jester Records in 2003. It combined the off the wall riffing of Eide with an almost post-rock (sometimes bordering on jazz) rhythmic foundation, and topped it off with totally absurd lyrical and visual imagery. Most reviewers hailed it as a masterpiece while a few didn’t get it all.
After the debut, Virus went off the radar for several years, not least because of Eide’s 2005 accident, falling five stories and making a two year-recovery. But, as they say, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and never has this been more apt.