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Virulent is a creation of everything that hard music needs these days. The delivery and musicality behind Virulent’s sound is mixed with passion and might. The band was formed as a project by vocalist Mike Neve and guitarist Matt Nisbet. The two musicians knew they needed to do something with their talents, and with a drive fueled by their desire to be creators of a new art form, they began exploring their creative gifts by collaborating and mixing programmed drum beats. In December 2010, Neve arranged a recording session with a live drummer at Impact Studios. That drummer just so happened to be Barrett Gardner, Virulent’s clean-shaven drumming machine. With Gardner now part of the ensemble, the search was in full force to put their creative efforts into motion.
Over the following 10 months, the group acquired bassist Allan Foster, guitarist Keith Piske, and electronic mastermind Christian Toting. The lineup has remained tried and true over the last two years. Nisbet says, “With these members in place, we somehow created the environment of no drama and straight focus.”
This camaraderie was a first for many of them. With a dedicated and ever-focused lineup, Virulent has set forth to conquer a genre of music that has had its fair share of evolutionary changes.
- Music Journalists Audriana Gates