As many of you may already know, we’re also running Black Forest Records, which is a record label, a management and a webshop dealing with extreme metal. In December, we unleashed Vyrju’s long awaited debut EP named ‘Black’. Behind Vyrju is no other than Jan, my partner in crime and life. Ever since we started Black Forest Magazine, our policy has always been to only write about music we really like, and I think Vyrju has qualities that deserves to be shared with our readers.
Lets start with the basics: Vyrju is an international band project with base in Norway, and can best be described as dark, melancholic and melodic black metal. It was started as a one man band by Jan F. Lindsø (Gjenferdsel) back in 2006. All instruments are performed by him, except drums and clean vocals which are performed by Tim Yatras (Germ, Austere, ex-Nazxul, ex-Woods of Desolation etc.) which appears as a session musician.
The feedback so far has been nothing but amazing! Zero Tolerance rated the EP 5/6, and wrote that ‘Black’ was an “immensely promising EP with its depressive, yet alluring, bittersweet black metal soul…”. Others said “Vyrju play grandiose and gorgeously melodic black metal that isn’t short on frostbitten sorrow and grief, straddling a similar line that bands like Austere”.
No Clean Singing ment that “Black is captivating”, and Kim Kelly (Kerrang, Pitchfork, Terrorizer, Metalsucks etc.) wrote that “Vyrju offer windswept melodic black metal buried under new-fallen snow. Oddly catchy and prettily plaintive”.
Meat, Mead and Metal sums it up in a great way: “Those who can reconcile having a record collection heavy on early Darhthrone and the newer stuff from Alcest (such as me) are sure to spend plenty of time with “Black.”