Of Virtue
To Breathe Again


4.0
excellent

Review

by atavisticguilt USER (1 Reviews)
August 4th, 2011 | 15 replies | 4,882 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Metalcore that doesn't suck...

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Lansing Michigans Metalcore outfit Of Virtues' debut release, To Breathe Again, may be one of the best releases the genre can offer. While the band is collectively very young and still have a growing fan base throughout the Mid-West they write with knowledge of seasoned artists and out perform some of the bands that very well could have been their inspiration.

With an overall sound along the likes of Misery Signals or in a less flattering way For the Fallen Dreams, for a metalcore release there is a lot of melody behind their writing. They take a progressive, clean, melodic approach than the mindless chugging of most metalcore acts. Although its not to say the album is breakdown free, it has a small share as heard in The Feat of Man which has one of the heaviest and yet best breakdowns woven into a song that I have came across. In the case for Of Virtue they have a real talent for well written and fitting breakdowns that will satisfy the crowd that need the breakdowns in their songs and those who will listen only if you have to.

Tracks like The Greatest Height and Blood on my Hands are the kind of tracks that makes you want to love metalcore again, it really does breathe life back into the genre, and that holds some weight when your talking about a band as small as Of Virtue in comparison to some of your household names. The Greatest Height and Blood on my Hands represent the more Progressive tracks on the record and are so beautifully done, you forget your listening to a band that you and only a few buddies know. Clocking in at almost 7 minutes Blood on my Hands shows every angle that this band has to offer from melodic yet crushing guitars, full clean vocal and guitar break for almost 2 minutes and transitioning back into a stand out heavy outro that is sure to resonate with you as the track fades away.

The albums' only fault is that its only 6 tracks and you wish you had 4 or 5 more tracks to really feel the album as a whole. But with their full length due out this month I have no doubt that they will present the same caliber of music produced here, even more mature (than it already is) and just as crushing.

To Breathe Again is an album that stands tall over most metalcore, it breathes new life into a dying genre full of mediocrity. Of Virtue are an emerging band that will continue with their crushing and inspiring live shows around the Mid-West and grow their fan base and show the nation that metalcore doesn’t have to suck.

Look for Of Virtues’ full length album, heart sounds, due out later this month.

You can hear some new songs and old via their Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/ofvirtue?sk=app_178091127385


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AfterTheBreakdown
August 5th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good first review. Pos'd. I will listen to this. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

botb
August 5th 2011



9518 Comments


gtfo similar band name to mine

atavisticguilt
August 5th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude, Its really worth a listen.

atavisticguilt
August 5th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Small world, What your bands name?

AfterTheBreakdown
August 5th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No problem. I will check it out later.

Motiv3
August 5th 2011



8888 Comments


"With an overall sound along the likes of Misery Signals or in a less flattering way For the Fallen Dreams, for a metalcore release there is a lot of melody behind their writing. They take a progressive, clean, melodic approach than the mindless chugging of most metalcore acts"

In that case, im gonna check this out at some point.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

Motiv3
August 5th 2011



8888 Comments


btw u dont need to exclaim that its your first review and it kinda ruins your reviews ending, just saying.

atavisticguilt
August 5th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I agree fix'd

AfterTheBreakdown
August 5th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They have a lot of potential.

botb
August 5th 2011



9518 Comments


"Small world, What your bands name?"

vice or virtue. we're like 7-string ambient groove stuff though.

atavisticguilt
August 8th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope more people actually go and Check this out it was the main purpose of the review haha

atavisticguilt
August 11th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtFOlFvAucw&feature=player_embedded

Brand new song..

AfterTheBreakdown
August 11th 2011



7106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I bought this the other day.

atavisticguilt
August 12th 2011



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh nice...

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 20th 2011



3652 Comments


I will check this out... the previews on itunes kick ass



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