Produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Polaris, Hollow Front), with additional production by Chris Shifflett, mixed and mastered by Dan Braunstein (known for his work for Spiritbox, Dayseeker, Volumes), this heavy new material hits you straight in the face.
“This song is about being uncomfortable in your own skin and being so far in your own head that you allow outside factors to break you down,” says vocalist Tyler Ennis. “While you may know you need to change, not knowing how, not wanting to ask for help, not allowing yourself to be vulnerable to change — all due to the fear of the unknown, the anxiety — that’s what paralyzes us. This all isn’t talked about enough because of guilt or shame. The last few years have been very difficult for a lot of people, including us, for this reason. So we decided to speak up in case anyone felt the same way.”
OF VIRTUE LIVE:
7/15 — Grand Rapids, MI — UpHeaval Fest
Of Virtue were formed in 2008 and catapulted onto the Michigan metalcore scene in 2009 with their debut EP To Breathe Again. Combining elements of melodic hardcore and metalcore into a mosh-friendly and energetic amalgam, the band became a staple within its local scene. Of Virtue issued their debut full-length Heartsoundsin 2011, followed by an extensive regional touring cycle. The album found the band expanding on the sound that defined its earlier effort, with lyrics speaking of positivity and determination. It was sonically vicious, yet passionate and inspiring. In 2015, the band dropped Salvation, a sprawling and ambitious example of meticulous and melodic metalcore. Third full-length What Defines You arrived in 2019. That album marked incorporation of alternative styles into a backbone of bold, robust metalcore. Even in the setting of a global pandemic, Of Virtue continued to blossom worldwide, accruing new listeners and fans, effectively expanding their reach even in a time where live performances were all but impossible.
OF VIRTUE ARE:
Tyler Ennis | Vocals
Damon Tate | Guitar + Vocals
Michael Valadez | Guitar
Ryan Trinh | Drums