Artist: VIRUS
Title: The Agent That Shapes The Desert
Format: Digi CD
Year: 2011
Country: Norway

1. The Agent That Shapes The Desert
2. Continental Drift
3. Chromium Sun
4. Red Desert Sand
5. Intermission: Furnace Creek
6. Dead Cities Of Syria
7. Where The Flame Resides
8. Parched Rapids
9. Call Of The Tuskers

- Press -

100/100 Metal Archives

10/10 HeavyMetal.no

10/10 Rock Overdose

10/10 Rock Hard

6/6 Norway Rock Magazine

5/5 Stormbringer

14/15 Legacy Magazine

9.5/10 From The Dust Returned

9.4/10 Metalstorm

4.6/5 Metal Ireland

9/10 Metalopolis

9/10 Terrorizer Magazine

8.5 / 10 Metal Review

8.5/10 Scratch The Surface



The Agent That Shapes The Desert is the third album from Norwegian avantgarde rock maestros VIRUS. its title and its lyrical themes reflect the red desert sands on the cover as well as the shifts of the various lifeforms and elements of a planet headed for extinction. Observing the forces of nature, in contrast to their previous outing The Black Flux, which pictured the end of the world on a more psychological level.
Whereas The Black Flux was a dense maelstrom that threatened to pull you under, The Agent... is dry, sharp and refined.
It combines the dissonant guitar-washes of mastermind Czral's former band VED BUENS ENDE and The Black Flux with the outlandish nature of the band's Carheart debut, while simultaneously moving in several new directions at once. At the same time, The Agent... is the band's most coherent, catchy and well-produced effort yet, and should appeal to music addicts across a vast spectrum of genres. Czral's trademark sideways riffs are perfectly underscored by the concise, efficient drumming of Einz and Bjeima's adventurous bass lines. The vocals, also courtesy of Czral, are stronger than ever, at times reminiscent of a choir of mad preachers, at others subtle and brooding, giving off an air of desperation.



Czral - guitars, vocals
Einz - drums
Bjeima - bass (session)


Available as digipack CD with an 8-panel foldout.
The first vinyl pressing of 500 copies is sold out, second pressing coming soon.
T-shirts are also available.