July 14, 2023
Photo: Alex Bemis.

Today, midwestern metal act OF VIRTUE have released their brand new single and music video for Sober, a cautionary tale on substance abuse taken from their upcoming full-length album Omen, due 29th September via Arising Empire. 

On the new track, the band comment: “Sober is a cautionary tale about the effects that addiction can have not only on the user, but friends, family or anyone that is close to them. It is hitting that “rock bottom” with no where else to go except for finally turning over a new leaf. It can be hard to accept accountability for your actions when it has damaged so many things and make it harder to stop the self destructive behaviour that got you there in the first place.”

Delving further into the deep-rooted substance abuse culture, they continue: “The substance abuse has gotten out of control and you start to see the effects it can have on not only yourself, but the ones you care about. People often distance themselves from those who display toxic behaviours and patterns out of self preservation. The song relays that the user understands this but cannot stop themselves from their own impulses and self destructive behaviours, despite the irreparable damage they are doing. Being sober requires accountability, which is only attained by taking responsibility and accepting the truth and consequences of your actions. In the end, we want to believe that if we simply stop using that all of their problems will go away – but at the same time, using seems to be the only thing that can give comfort since there is no one left to turn to.”

Progression, or more generally, change, is a constant in music; in order to adapt and survive, you must grow and develop – and no band knows that more than midwestern metal act OF VIRTUE.

Born from the blistering cold, barren fields of Michigan and erupting into an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed alternative powerhouse, OF VIRTUE‘s growth is nothing short of jaw dropping. Whether it’s having shared their music with fans in over 30 countries across the globe, amassing a multitude of Billboard charting positions, gaining Top 50 Mediabase radio play slots, having over 20 million total streams or beyond—OF VIRTUE is always looking forward to change and progress, to evolve and grow.

The band have just wrapped up their headline UK tour, but rest assured they’ll be returning again this September as support to Being As An Ocean. Full tour dates below:

September (supporting Being as An Ocean)
05.09 – The Loft, Southampton
06.09 – O2 Academy 2, Leicester
07.09 – The Studio, Sheffield
08.09 – The Dome, London
09.09 – Devil’s Dog, Birmingham
10.09 – Sin City, Swansea

Omen

  1. Omen
  2. Hypocrite
  3. Cold Blooded
  4. Cut Me Open
  5. Sober
  6. A.N.X.I.E.T.Y
  7. Floating (Ft. Rory Rodriguez – Dayseeker)
  8. True Colours
  9. Sinner
  10. Holy
  11. Cannibals
  12. False Idols

About OF VIRTUE:

The band combine an eclectic taste for the melodic, catchy and ethereal with a foundation in heavy music and a penchant for punishing breakdowns and immolating riffs, to define themselves as a multifaceted, diverse and engaging act that draws on influence from metal and alternative music of all types and styles to create something that fans of just about any type of music can find something to fall in love with.

OF VIRTUE was formed in 2008 and catapulted themselves into 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 almost instantaneously cemented themselves as a staple within their local scene.

In the months that would follow, the band would create and release their debut full length record, Heartsounds in 2011, followed after an extensive regional touring cycle. Heartsounds saw the band expand on the sound defined by their breakout effort, with lyrics speaking of positivity and determination, underscored by a blend of metalcore that was both vicious yet passionate and inspiring. By 2015, the band would release Salvation, a sprawling and ambitious example of meticulously done melodic metalcore which would earn them nationwide attention as a promising, prodigally talented metal act.

Shortly thereafter, OF VIRTUE would release their third full length record, What Defines You in 2019. The album saw a marked incorporation of alternative rock and hard rock into their backbone of bold, robust metalcore with an overwhelmingly positive message. The result was a release that would launch them into the stratosphere of heavy music. Even in the setting of a global pandemic, OF VIRTUE continued to blossom worldwide, accruing new listeners and fans in countries tens of thousands of miles away and expanding their reach even in a time where live performances were all but impossible.


Band Members:
Tyler Ennis – vocals
Damon Tate – guitar/vocals
Michael Valadez – guitar
Ryan Trinh – drums


OF VIRTUE online:

Official Website