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What’s that old saying again? “The more things change, the more they stay the same”—right? When it comes to Michigan based metal outfit For The Fallen Dreams, perhaps a more fitting—but just as timeless—adage would be “change is the only constant.”

With a career defined by constant progression and dedication to refining and rejuvenating their unique brand of aggressive, passionate metal, For The Fallen Dreams have consistently demonstrated an incredible ability to adapt and evolve their sound and dynamic despite overwhelming adversity—and all without sacrificing the core components of their sound.

Built around explosive breakdowns, gut-wrenching grooves and lyricism that touches on everything from an introspective glimpse into the human condition to brotherhood and camaraderie, these Midwestern masters of metal have made themselves a staple within the international heavy music community.

Today, For The Fallen Dreams released their first single via Arising Empire called ‘What If’!
Production by Jonathan Dolese at Konkrete Studios (Cane Hill), vocal production by Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz (All That Remains, Bad Wolves) and visualized by Wombat Fire (Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria).

“We are very excited to be breaking into this new era of For The Fallen Dreams with the extremely dedicated and hard working team at Arising Empire. Sharing the vision for future of the bands success is extremely refreshing and motivating. We look forward to a great rest of the year and everything that follows with our new single “What If“. See you on the road.” – For The Fallen Dreams
While For The Fallen Dreams was founded in 2003, their story starts in earnest with the release of »Changes« in 2008—a record that would irreversibly and unremarkably impact the footprint of heavy music.

Following »Changes«, For The Fallen Dreams would go on to release five more remarkable full length records, from the atmospheric and moody »Relentless« to chart-topping comeback record »Heavy Hearts«, which landed at #162 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on Billboard Heatseekers lists and »Six«, their debut venture into more metallic territory with over 20 million views on YouTube and tens of millions of streams across various streaming platforms.

While For The Fallen Dreams have certainly been through their fair share of changes, one thing has remained constant: their dedication to constant growth while never failing to deliver primal-yet-emotional music that had made them a staple in modern metal.

For The Fallen Dreams are:
Chad Ruhlig | vocals
Jim Hocking | guitar & vocals
Damon Tate | guitar
Kalan Blehm | bass
Marc Esses | drums

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.
What began as a humble, promising metalcore act born from the blistering chill and barren fields of mid-Michigan has erupted into an internationally recognized and critically acclaimed alternative powerhouse. From opening slots on regional metalcore tours to reaching #28 on Billboard’s Current Hard Music chart, performing in over 30 countries across three continents and accruing a staggering 6 million plus streams on Spotify alone, Of Virtue’s growth is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Today, Of Virtue released their second single via Arising Empire called ‘Hypocrite‘!
Produced by Andrew Baylis (Sleeping With Sirens) & Evan McKeever (VRSTY), mixed and mastered by Dan Braunstein, known for his work for SpiritboxDayseekerVolumes and visualized by Dana Willax & Orie McGinness (Bad Omens, Wage War, Kingdom of Giants) this blistering new track by modern metal experience Of Virtue will hit you straight in the face and leaves no doubt that this 4-piece is going to blow up pretty fast.

Hypocrite is all about the negativity building up inside of us. Everything that you hate about yourself, looking at you in the mirror. We know who we are but we refuse to change, eroding our potential by burning bridges in the meantime.” – 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.

Of Virtue are:
Tyler Ennis | vocals
Damon Tate | guitar & vocals
Michael Valadez | guitar
Ryan Trinh | drums

Germany’s exciting heavy music label Arising Empire are expanding their reach into the rest of the globe and are today announcing their latest signing, US band OF VIRTUE!

Today, Of Virtue released their new single via Arising Empire called ‘Sinner‘! It’s the first track they are releasing through the label and they couldn’t be more stoked.

Produced by Evan McKeever (VRSTY), mixed and mastered by Dan Braunstein, known for his work for SpiritboxDayseekerVolumes and visualized by Dana Willax & Orie McGinness (Bad Omens, Wage War, Kingdom of Giants) this heavy rock oriented first piece of brand new Of Virtue will hit you straight and leaves no doubt that this 4-piece is going to blow up pretty fast.

The band say of their new track ‘Sinner’ – out Friday April 29 – “This is a conversation between the protagonist and the “monster/affliction” almost in a romantic way. Same concepts of a relationship where our protagonist is tired of the position they are put in by the “monster”, the lack of empathy shown, the idea that they have been lied to and betrayed by something / someone that is supposed to “love” them. This is our protagonist openly rebelling and rejecting the “monster” once and for all. It can’t be everything our protagonist wants or needs.

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.

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.
What began as a humble, promising metalcore act born from the blistering chill and barren fields of mid-Michigan has erupted into an internationally recognized and critically acclaimed alternative powerhouse. From opening slots on regional metalcore tours to reaching #28 on Billboard’s Current Hard Music chart, performing in over 30 countries across three continents and accruing a staggering 6 million plus streams on Spotify alone, Of Virtue’s growth is nothing short of jaw dropping.
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.


Of Virtue are:
Tyler Ennis | vocals
Damon Tate | guitar & vocals
Michael Valadez | guitar
Ryan Trinh | drums