Sri Lankan Extreme Music Label – Virupi – Back in Action [Sri Lanka]

Sri Lankan extreme music label Virupi Records have returned with a revamped website and their first release. According to the label head, “The main inspiration for the label is centered around a core of individuals collaborating to make each other’s art happen. We are inspired by labels that came before us, but it’s hard to pinpoint this or that as the inspiration. We are driven by a shared vision so to speak and agree on the core values (spiritually). The goal of the label is to make music and other art happen like any other label elsewhere. We aim to craft out an identity for Virupi. The name Virupi means ugly or deformed.”

Prior to the label actually being an entity of its own accord, Virupi was actually a black metal band in Sri Lanka. “Before Virupi became a label and publishing platform, it existed as a three-piece Black/Doom Metal band for a brief period from 2012-2014. The name Virupi was chosen as the band name because the band originally had a different vision and a goal but as people started to get comfortable, the music that came was quite far off that original vision, hence it de-formed. The core concepts of the band remained relevant to the friend group surrounding the band, hence we used the name when the band folded.”

The first release of the label is the re-release of the BAND Virupi. “The band broke up as the guitar player was no longer able to commit due to personal reasons. The drummer and the bass player continued as a duo for several months and split up for good. This is the first release as this material was never issued on a physical format, just some songs on SoundCloud/YouTube.”

This first release is also part of a series of reissues to celebrate the return of Virupi. “This beautiful release was crafted over several months painstakingly for your listening pleasure. Despite the many challenges we faced, we are delighted to share this beautiful tape with you all. These demos were recorded live-off-floor at the band’s rehearsal space. This new tape edition includes a rediscovered never-before-released song that the band was working on towards their demise. The music is best suited for those that like to embark on distant solitary journeys, immerse in their inner selves and enjoy the occasional psychedelia.” is an underground Asian music news website created for the sole purpose of supporting our own world. We support all bands and genres HOWEVER we do not support nor have any sympathy for homophobic, racist, sexist rhetoric in lyrical content or band material. UNITE ASIA!