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Signs of a Vacant Soul, the 1999 debut from the Alabama quintet, Virgos Merlot, is a sometimes melodic, sometimes aurally jarring alternative rock interpretation of standard goth-rock. More similar in sound to Creed than Nine Inch Nails, Virgins Merlot is powered by heavily amplified guitar assaults, insinuating basslines and the sensual vocals of lead singer Brett Hestla. Songs like "Beautiful Lie," "Gain" and "The Cycle" waiver between calm ruminations to explosive outbreaks, yet all are based on an appreciation for densely atmospheric guitar rock. Signs of a Vacant Soul is not all that original in its overall sound, but it makes for an intriguing disc nonetheless.


Formed: 1998

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

With a name that conjures images of purity and smooth blends, Birmingham, Alabama's Virgos Merlot was not always the smartly attired, reptilian contact lensed group they appeared to be in 1998, the year they first toured with such notable alt-rock bands as Fuel) and Eve 6. Singer/lyricist Brett Hestla, guitarist Jason Marchant, who had known oneanother since high school, and drummer JD Charlton all played together in a band named Wanton Rut. When that band later became the Devine, guitarist Ted "Deacon"...
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Signs of a Vacant Soul, Virgos Merlot
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 02 March 1999

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