• Sammie Starr

EP Review: Of Virtue - 'Sinner'

Michigan Metalcore band Of Virtue continues to expand their sound with diversely heavy and melodic EP Sinner via Arising Empire.



Michigan metalcore luminaries have been a driving force within the scene since 2008. When they released their debut EP To Breath Again in 2009, it propelled the band forward for widespread notoriety within the music industry, establishing their creative elements of melodic hardcore and spry metalcore energy, becoming stable figures locally and beyond.


"Contentiously atmospheric moments like "Hypocrite" and "Cold-Blooded" continue to bring their destructively potent guitar and vocal energies. Intertwined with gravid ethereal bliss and ariose pop sensibilities, Of Virtue manages to dazzle us with their unique kaleidoscopic approach to the genre.

Of Virtue would then issue their 2011 release, Heartsounds, showcasing an expansion of sonic layers and ardent lyricism. Their growth would continue from there as they would release their 2015 album, Salvation, yet again proving the band's undeniable ability to expand their melodic nuances and metallic tenacity. The band would arrive at full circle with their third release, What Defines You, a record that not only cemented their presence in the industry but tested their musical dissonance in ways they had not previously. Now with their new EP release, Sinner, Of Virtue defies what we have come to know about their established metalcore soundscape and takes us on a multi-textural journey of what's to come for the band.

Bold and robust single, "Sinner" is one of the most lively and dynamic displays on the EP. Of Virtue shows that since What Defines You, they have taken the time to finetune their craft and have impressively stepped it up. "Sinner" features a vast conglomeration of heavy and melodic energy to keep the ball rolling for the next few tracks.

Contentiously atmospheric moments like "Hypocrite" and "Cold-Blooded" continue to bring their destructively potent guitar and vocal energies. Intertwined with gravid ethereal bliss and ariose pop sensibilities, Of Virtue manages to dazzle us with their unique kaleidoscopic approach to the genre.

The album gorgeously ends with a massive otherworldly finale, "Echoes." A listening experience filled with grueling guitar riffs, beautifully diverse vocal control, and impressive percussive delivery, Sinner ends on an explosively superb note.

Of Virtue's Sinner EP is abstract and experimental and challenges the way we often look at the genre. Rather than chasing relevance to fit the standard of what their music should sound like, Of Virtue thwarts this idea with Sinner. While this is only a taste of things to come, Sinner puts the band in a good position for what to expect in the next few years.



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