Pim B. : After the demo Codex Perfida (2014) and EP The Cursed Travails Of The Demeter (2016) Vircolac delivers their first full-length. On the aforementioned releases these Irishmen showed they were able to give their death metal a twist. Nothing has changed in that perspective. The five-piece mainly excel in the guitar parts. Here and there dissonant, once in a while progressive and sometimes following note schemes as if being in guitar class. Backed up by old-school drumming and a nicely rumbling bass. And topped off by the fitting vocals of Laoghaire. It all fits like a puzzle.
In a time where originality is hard, Vircolac hits the right note. Fans of DarkThrone their debut, The older material of Tribulation or a band like Bolzer should take note. Yours truly totally appreciates Masque, but I have to admit I had to give the album multiple spins. That is because of the compositions that simply demand some time to get used to. The production is great and fits the style well. Vircolac did great to record at the Sun Studio with Ola Ersfjord again. Masque is released on CD and LP in Europe through Sepulchral Voice Records. On the other side of the pond Dark Descent Records takes care of business.