IrklisThe Plague Year

Label:Sturm – Mandat nr. 39
CD, Album, Stereo
Style:Rhythmic Noise, Abstract, Industrial


1Dire Overture4:44
2In All Conscience3:08
3A Sallow Sign In The Sky4:05
4Inner Concern2:45
5A Visitation5:35
6Desperate Haste3:36
7In The House3:36
8No Hope, No Limit5:15
9Pride And The Fall5:34
11Breath Of Death5:15
12100,000 Souls4:34


Inside Cover Liner Notes:
Music and Lyrics by Irklis. Recorded between 2004-2014.
Distributed by Sturm, Sturmmandat 39. All Rights Reserved by Irklis.
Mastered at PRODAM by Eric Van Wonterghem. Artwork by Designburo Luigs.
Inlay Photo by Alice Angeletti.

Irklis are
Robin Brüning, Roman Alexander Brüning and Aleksandrs Olgerts Berzins.
All Lyrics are inspired by Daniel Defoe's novel, "A Journal Of The Plague Year".

From Sleepless-Berlin website:
IRKLIS are Robin Brüning, Roman Alexander Brüning and Aleksandrs Olgerts Berzins who have been active members of the band AUDIOSCOPE since 1988.The reunion in 2003/2004 was the starting point of their new concept album, which finally led to the rebirth of the band under the new name, IRKLIS in 2014.IRKLIS is an old latvian word for oar/helm, mostly used in a poetic or philosophical sense.

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  • Matrix / Runout (on inner collar of CD): 26304 prodam berlin



  • ultra-negative's avatar
    A creation of a cold, narrative atmosphere reflecting the time of the Great Plague of London (1665-1666).
    Two guidelines were used to capture this horrifying atmosphere. First, is Daniel Defoe´s novel ”A Journal of the Plague Year“; all lyrics inspired by this novel. Second - the harsh ambiance of 1980's industrial music, created by utilizing equipment from that and preceding eras, analogue synthesizers and sound technology as: EMS VCS 3, ARP 2600, Doepfer A-100, Roland TR-808, Moog Source, Roland Alpha Juno, Yamaha SS30, Doepfer Vocoder, Roland Space Echo RE-201 and many more.
    • Old_Captain's avatar
      Edited 9 years ago
      "... many people had the plague in their very blood, and preying upon their spirits, and were in themselves but walking putrefied carcases whose breath was infectious and their sweat poison". A visitation of the plague was a divine punishment centuries ago and nowadays the disease works as a trigger to discover evil within, examine human nature via catalyst of a dramatic and tragic event from the past since the plague years come and go in a Camus manner. The sound is melancholy addictive, it infects, it spreads and then it is just pure existential deliverance. Irklis story has a moral in every part of the album and their whole conduct is a pattern. The music corresponds to a blazing star or comet mentioned in the journal: now of languid colour, and its motion very heavy, solemn and slow; then bright and sparkling, flaming, and its motion swift and furious. I'd call the overall laconic structure minimal, though each track possesses an array of catchy ambient textures to burst into a melody or song in a conventional way ("A Sallow Sign In The Sky", "No Hope, No Limit", "Lasting" or "100,000 Souls"). Rhythmic analogue music of Irklis reminds me some popular LOKI names, Antlers Mulm for example, but Irklis are maturer, more transcendental in an attempt to discover the root of wickedness within man and the price we pay for it.


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