I was fortunate to see Virtues when they shared a gig with Darkcell.
Here’s what I wrote after that experience:
“From the opening growl that soon escalated into overdrive, we knew that were about to be audibly assaulted by this Brisbane band. These guys had an immediate stage presence, taking out the audience by the scruff of the neck… and we LOVED it.
They were the architects of many moshes, whipping the crowd up into a frenzy, then responding in kind. Many times they were up on the speakers, literally and figuratively encouraging their music to new heights. Their brand of metal reverberated through all the punters.
Their music was robust, thrash level metalcore. They list Lamb of God as an influence on their Facebook page and this is apt.
They obviously love their work – they were rarely still, prowling around the stage, playing their hearts out. They acted as if possessed, displaying a freneticism that was infectious. The guitar work was fast, clean and powerful and the drumming reverberated in me so much my grandkids will fell it… when they’re born.”
But, what about “Double Think”, the latest beast that have released into the wild?
I actually jumped up, startled at the opening. The machine gun-like guitar and sinister vocals were an assault on the senses. This was followed by a killer tempo change that should come with a health advisory warning – may cause neck pain from power head banging.
This track changed character faster than an opposition leader at election time. But, there’s much more than meets the eye. Or, ear. The vocals had sinister intensity, menacing and muscular. Stellar production had different guitar arrangements capering in the background, anchored by precise percussion and an often throbbing and mesmerising bass line. The more I listened and the more times I listened, the more I appreciated the sound. Some bands serve up the same sound over and over, but Virtues have delivered a buffet of clever innovations on a theme.
I really enjoyed the way the track wound down, removing elements, dropping the sound into a gloomy soundscape before ending abruptly.
On a whim, I did a Wiki search on the highest virtue. Here’s what I got; “Truthfulness. By illuminating what the spirit fails to see, Nietzsche aims to make a general point about truthfulness – that our truthfulness is always grounded in the cares, passions or love that connect us to our world, and to our own future.”
This is ridiculously appropriate. With “Double Think” Virtues has produced a track that is true – true to themselves , true the sound and true to their fans. There is care and passion that connects us to our world and to our future.
And, a track that is tougher than the re-entry tiles on space rockets.
“Double Think” is available on all platforms from October 30.