I’m positive that you read Children’s Suicide Music and that turned you off because you began thinking of little kids committing suicide. And while Viranesir and the rest of the Merdumgiriz groups aren’t out to make friends, this album isn’t out to promote kids killing themselves in macabre fashions either. Merdumgiriz-which is the name of the label as well as the man behind the kit on this album-isn’t exactly shy about making people feel uncomfortable on that same token the label is not shy about making thought provoking music as well. As a matter of fact, Merdumgiriz’s catalogue has gotten the boot from Bandcamp, but that article will be for another time. For now we will focus on the music that is at hand.
And the music that is at hand comes from a band called Viranesir. As metal progresses and different genres form, and different bands take on different sounds, I’m not quite sure Viranesir conform to any genre changes, or conform to anything that is of the metal “norm”. Much like the other bands that fill the Merdumgiriz roster, this band is entirely unique and sits in a dark bleak room all on its own.
Not only does this not sound like any other band out there, this doesn’t sound like anything that I have ever come across. The band themselves took it upon themselves to label their music and it is the most accurate label anyone will ever come up with. The label in which they placed upon themselves is “blackened doom synth”. That description is spot on as the only real instrument played here are the drums. Everything else recorded on this album is synth and creepy singing.
Children’s Suicide Music is seven tracks of glacier slow doom metal (synth metal?) that really truly makes you believe that you’ve stumbled into the imagination of a deranged man. That deranged man happens to have very peculiar nightmares, the walls of his mind melt around you while you become sucked in by this odd dissonant music, and that odd dissonant music ends up being Viranesir and their album Children’s Suicide Music. There really is no other way to describe something like this believe me I’ve tried.
What you do end up hearing all throughout the album are interesting discordant sounds paired with the disturbingly slow doom synths. The vocals are something that only nightmares can conjure, as they are oddly mystifying and draw you in in a twisted sort of curiosity.
Interesting may be putting it entirely lightly as this album may take more than the average number of spins to completely comprehend. Digesting this piece would be the equivalent of trying to eat a whole live horse by yourself. There is an odd charm about it, something that draws you in. Maybe it is the fact that it is so foreign, or maybe it is the dark twisting world in which Viranesir create with their music. No matter which way you slice it, Children’s Suicide Music is a very intriguing statement indeed. One that needs multiple listens, one that needs a warped mind, and one that needs someone with an open mind to listen to. If you have that open mind and that adventurous side then Viransesir is exactly what you are looking for.