It looks like Filipino fans of modern metalcore are already showing some love and warmth to the Lansing, Michigan-based metalcore outfit OF VIRTUE.
As of this writing, digital music platform iTunes Philippines just confirmed that the band’s current single, “Sober,” has just reached the number two position on its Rock Charts and is furiously making its presence known on the platforms All Music Charts, effectively inching its way to the top among a multitude of multi-genre artists worldwide, at number 46.
The news came weeks after the announcement that the band would be part of Southeast Asia’s longest-running heavy metal festival, PULP Summer Slam. Now in its 20th year and dubbed PULP Summer Slam XX: Worlds Collide, the lineup features some of the biggest heavy metal/modern rock acts from all over the world, including FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE from Italy, CRYPTA from Brazil, ROLLING QUARTZ from South Korea, PROMPTS from Japan, and from the United States, LA DISPUTE, FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY, festival co-headliners CODE ORANGE and STORY OF THE YEAR, and Australian headliner PARKWAY DRIVE.
The single, which effectively combines electronic elements, chugging rhythms, and a highly melodic and stadium-sized chorus, is among the many singles the band released this in 2023 and part of the band’s recently released full-length Omen.
Notably, Of Virtue – featuring vocalist Tyler Ennis, guitarists Damon Tate and Michael Valadez, and drummer Ryan Trinh – is also steadily increasing its worldwide fanbase, as they’ve acquired over 26 million streams on another popular online music platform, Spotify, and an additional 4 million plus on various other platforms, and have reached the 3 million views mark on popular video streaming platform Youtube.com. Additionally, the band has performed in over 30 countries across three continents.
And now, Filipino fans can finally catch them live for the very first time in the Philippines next year on March 23rd, 2024, at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Tickets to PULP Summer Slam XX: Worlds Collide go on sale worldwide on October 31st, 2023, at 10am PH time.