Virvatulet is one of those bands. Apparently singing on their native Finnish language, their FB page only have three posts, all of them from August 3, 2015: their profile picture, their cover photo and the Youtube link to one of their songs, titled Sodan Roihuava Aamunkoitto. Although they have three more songs on official Youtube channel, there is little to no information about them. Their inclination towards a raw, but nevertheless remarkable and quite fascinating style of Black Metal, with aggressive and cutting melodic intonations, is not just intriguing and impressive, but could have turned them into one of the greatest references of the genre, not only on their native Finland, but on the global underground scene. So, if they have really broken up, and faded away definitively, below the horrible obstacles that most bands have to endure, we can only express our sadness for one more case of wasted talent, along the sorrowful and depressive road of buried bands and deceased acts, that were promising features, from the very beginning.
It’s perfectly understandable the difficulties and obstacles that all underground bands have to face, in order to simply play their music, and exist. Since all of these musicians have jobs to support themselves, and can’t live exclusively on the music, or at the meager money they make on the gigs they play, the overall exhaustion of day to day life, the obstacles imposed by ordinary existence itself, and also the lack of time and outside support can be a very hard ordeal for a band to make it, manage to exist, and thrive a prosperous musical career. So it is no surprise at all that a lot of bands simply go defunct every year, on the path of this hazardous and tough process.
Nonetheless, if Virvatulet is still on the scene, or not – we simply don’t have information enough to tell for sure if they only went inactive, or have disbanded for good, especially given the fact that most underground bands don’t have management, and handle all their online communications and social network by themselves – you can check it out their great, amazing and tempestuous black metal, on their official Youtube Channel. It’s pure, delirious, true to the ground and amazingly solid Black Metal. If they haven’t had the chance to make a career, they managed to throw away some fantastic and unforgettable pearls on the process.