Virus Crawl Of the Same
By Marcus Pan
Neo shizo rock. Thats
what I read goes into Virus Crawl. Made up of Palzy Daivah on vocals, guitars
and keys, Adem Daivah on drums and vocals, Deon Prowd on bass (5 string no
less) and Math Clack on guitar. Breaking out of Newcastle, Australia, their
four track debut Of the Same doesnt smack of what I expected
having perused the bands name. With Virus Crawl as the
outfits name, I expected some wanna-be Front 242 or Ministry-like
blahness reheated for the industrial kiddies of the day.
But it wasnt anything like that. Its actually
quite punk, which shocked me because I had this future-computer-techno vision
in mind with the band name. My bad. Instead its more thrashy rock, not
electronic based at all. Prowds bass is dead on cool with its slamming
rhythms and ballsy picking. The jacket artwork is great, with a similar style
to what I did with Legends #148. Its a supermarket tabloid style with
crazy article call outs like Food! Quit for Life! back dropped by a
smiling skeleton. On the back is a dirty crossword puzzle that at one point I
had to take away from my 8 year old who before I realized it had picked it up
and was trying to work it out. Thanks, guys, really.
The music is hardcore and heavy with blistering guitars in
stoner rock style. Id compare them to Sadaharu or Alice Donut
dirty rock. Lyrics are well thought and stingingly accurate in a
truth hurts sort of way. Of the Same has a loping yet heavy
movement breaking into a near Limp Bizkit kind of spit rap rant. Lay
bloated in your piss pool, and swallow until you drown. Well there you
go, mustve been in a good mood when they wrote these.
Most all the lyrics have a blistering style about them,
getting nastier as you move further into the song. Lyrics like
Lights a little creature now it just keeps on crawling make
you thing really hard, which can be good or bad depending on your brain matter.
And while I dont have much here to talk about, the first impression is
that Virus Crawl can be pretty good when they finish something bigger.
I like this one. Its only four tracks (three really,
the third here is a 37 second ambient kind of thing against a storm background
that would be better as an intro instead of its own track) and Id like to
hear more, but at this juncture I give Virus Crawl the nod to continue (not
like my nod is worth anything, really). Stay in your garage and rip
shit up kiddies
lets see how angry you can really get.
Post: T/As Virus Crawl, A.B.N. 22 539 052 181, Australia Phone: +1 0414 596
 The April Fools
issue of 2005.
 Sadaharus The Politics of Dancing was
reviewed in Legends
 Three Sisters was
reviewed in Legends #143.