Virus Cycle – Zombichrist
Release Date: October 13, 2012
Label: Bluntface Records
Review by: Mitchell Doucette
Our world has come under an almost fetish-like obsession with zombies and so it is only fitting that Virus Cycle would release an album called Zombichrist. This new album is full of limb-wrenching good riffs coupled by scary pulsing beats that give it a raw feel. It’s also a free download, so read this review and ask yourself, reader, if free “Zombindustrial” is right for you. What have you got to lose?
The first thing I would like to say is that Zombichrist is truly an album suitable for the mindless undead. It never really engages the listener. Vocals drone on every track and remind me of the voice changers you buy at Walmart during Halloween. Meanwhile, guitars carry the buzzing of hungry insects who frenzy and feast on the carrion. The drums and tempo for the majority of the songs are slow and fall like dead flesh from bone adding more to the theme.
Many of the tracks also have sound clips that also add to the zombie theme. These usually precede the music or become oddly synced to it and they talk about ways of killing “ghouls” and how people become “ghouls.” These parts don’t add much musically, but I did find them to be a little humorous. Tongue in cheek, to be honest. During the track “Zombichrist” I giggled as the vocals cried out “I AM THE ZOMBICHRIST!”
Despite some of these traits that I find to be amateurish, Virus Cycle can occasionally surprise with interesting electronic bits that round out their sometimes hollow music. The tracks “Why Don’t You Love Me?” and “House on Haunted Hill” come to mind here. I really wish they had a better guitar sound, since their distortion sounds soulless. Or, maybe that’s what they were going for, to match the zombie theme? I doubt it.
By now you are probably wondering if downloading this album is even worth your time. Well, as I wrote before, it is free so there is no harm in giving it a listen. If you seek complexity or adventurous aural entertainment in your music, you will most likely be let down by this record. It is overly simple to the point of monotony. The only redeeming quality I found is in the electronic sections that add a groove and melody to the otherwise boring tracks. This is not to say, of course, that there are no songs that “work.” I actually enjoyed “The Dead Hate the Living,” “Why Don’t You Love Me?” and “Momento Mori,” since the guitars and beats mesh wonderfully in those tracks. If you enjoy music that is easy to listen to, or if you are seeking music for the zombie apocalypse, then you should go download this album immediately. Your time will be well spent.
- The Dead Hate the Living
- Why Don’t you Love Me?
- Love Me To Death
- From Dusk ‘Till Dawn
- Kir Der Nacht
- Memento Mori
- House on Haunted Hill
Download Zombichrist free from the Bluntface Records website.