Virvum are a band from Switzerland that plays a very technical and progressive form of death metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 album "Illuminance" which will be released in September.
Sci-fi sounds start off the album before going into more of a heavier and technical direction and the solos and leads also demonstrate a great amount of talent and skill while the faster sections of the songs also utilize a great amount of blast beats and the bass guitar also brings leads into some parts of the songs.
At times the music can be progressive, atmospheric and experimental while t he songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the vocals are mostly death metal growls along with some high pitched screams and acoustic guitars can also be heard more as the album progresses and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some of the fast riffs also bring in a small amount of tremolo picking and there is also a brief instrumental and on the last track a brief use of clean singing can be heard.
Virvum plays a style of death metal that is very progressive and technical sounding as well as being more different and original than most bands of this genre, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Virvum are a very great sounding progressive and technical death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Earthwork" "Tentacles Of The Sun" and "II A Final Warning Sign - Acsension And Trespassing". 8 out of 10.