Vircolac - Codex Perfida - (6.5/10)
Published on February 23, 2015
The Romanian word for ‘werewolf’ may not be an obvious choice of name for an death metal band from Dublin, but that’s what Vircolac are. They formed in 2013 and Codex Perfida is their debut release, being issued in digital and cassette formats only.
Vircolac are well-schooled in classic death metal; the riffs on their debut release variously recalling some of the greats such as Incantation, At The Gates, Brutality, Vital Remains and others.
After a title track is an instrumental, consisting of gloomy, sinister piano comes “Confessio”, a track in two distinct parts. First there’s upbeat, catchy death metal performed expertly with catchy riffs, nice lead guitar and evil growls. The second part of the track is instrumental, made up of crawling guitars and atmospheric keys and closing with gentle yet eerie piano straight out of a late seventies / early eighties horror film like Halloween. It’s unusual, perhaps the result of a band trying to do something different and while the result is no classic, it’s certainly good enough to be worth checking out.
“The Worm Turns” has a long, building intro followed by a mixture of upbeat death metal and slower sections that make for relatively pleasant, but quite forgettable listening. “Effigy” combines rhythm guitar that recreates the thick sound of Incantation with some leads that could have come from Morbid Angel’s Blessed Are The Sick sessions and like “Confessio”, the second half of the track is mostly instrumental. It’s very catchy and should get heads moving.
All of the songs on Codex Perfida have good points and one of them truly hits the spot. Vircolac show a great deal of promise and plenty of ideas, bringing a rare dose of originality to the genre. An interesting new band worth keeping an eye on.