Virvel Av Morkerhatet – Metamorphosia

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/ Label: Avantgarde Music
Released: 2016
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Band line-up:

Howler: vocals, keyboards, effects.
Graakh: fretless bass, double bass, back vocals.
Astaroth Merc: session guitars and drums.


1. Into saltation…
2. Weapon To Be Found Only In The Mind Of Man
3. Reflexive Transfer Of Aether Through City Lights
4. Theory Of distress View
5. Metamorphopsia Diagnosis
6. Dissociative Disorder
7. Stupefying Taste Of Henbane. Coma Ritual
8. Personification Of Adventurer. Overdose
9. Sore Hate Of Human Scum
10. Withdrawal


Having released their debut album in 2010, which mainly consisted of material from former band Den of Winter, Virvel Av Morkerhatet are set to release a more fully fleshed out offering in the form of Metamorphosia. Released via Avant Garde music, the follow up release represents a more refined sound for the band in the spheres of modern black metal.

What’s obvious from the get go with Virvel Av Morkerhatet is that they aren’t afraid to make things interesting through use of experimentation, from the obscurity of opening track ‘Into Saltation…’ with its mirage of effects and nasty sounding riffs; to the sinister sounding beast ‘Weapon to Be Found Only In the Mind of Man’ that comes with gruesome snarls and tremolo picking guitars.

Most of the record follows in a similar formula, from the tortured vocal passages of ‘Theory of Distress View’ to the relentless blast beats found in Metamorphopsia Diagnosis; a track so savage that it can prove too much for the untrained ear.

‘Dissociative Disorder’ crashes down with brooding riffs and the sound of bells clanking in the background. The spoken vocals and bleak guitars provide a foggy atmosphere and a sense of horror lurking around every corner.

The distorted nature of ‘Personification Of Adventurer. Overdose’ is where the band shows signs of straying down the path of versatility as the creepy riffs and spoken narrative quickly erupt into another angry slab of misanthropy.

Virvel Av Morkerhatet have unquestionably poured their souls into this record, with their dedication and quality control being unmistakably present. Both the production and execution of the album are sure signs of a band who are firmly rooted in their bleak sensibilities. However, there are a few areas where the transitions between songs feel clunky and in need of some refinement. But make no mistake they don’t fail to deliver one of the most adventurous black metal offerings of this year so far.

Review by Ben Spencer