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VIRVUM Announce North American Tour Dates in Support of ARCHSPIRE

Technical death metallers VIRVUM will embark on Tech Trek IV’s North American tour in support of label-mates ARCHSPIRE. The band will be touring to support their latest album, “Illuminance,” which was re-released by Season of Mist in 2017. The trek kicks off on May 9 in Seattle, WA and will conclude on June 4 in Boise, ID.

When a relatively unknown Swiss band released their debut album ‘Illuminance’ in 2016, only insiders suspected the massive impact it would stir. Yet it was on the strength of this release that VIRVUM were offered to sign on Season of Mist. Now their new home is reissuing ‘Illuminance,’ which is to be available on vinyl for the first time.

VIRVUM were founded by childhood friends in 2007 and since then the aspiring and hard-working musicians continuously fine-tuned and honed the tracks of their first full-length to match their burgeoning skills.

VIRVUM first got noticed when guitarist and main songwriter Nic Gruhn happily took the offer to join a European tour with California’s progressive death metal pioneers FALLUJAH while also opening for such renowned bands as SUFFOCATION and CEPHALIC CARNAGE in 2013. On the return of their guitarist, VIRVUM immediately set out to perform as many shows as possible in order to establish the band in Europe.

In 2015, a first single, entitled ‘Internal Howl,’ attracted immediate attention and, that same year, VIRVUM were picked to internationally support big names such as DYING FETUS, FLESHGOD APOCALPYSE, and DEFEATED SANITY among others.

In advance of their self-released debut full-length, VIRVUM received a massive response for the song premieres of “Ad Rigorem” and title track in 2016, while the album was highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike.

With their professional attitude, the exceptional technical prowess of each individual musician, and last but never least the outstanding collective songwriting skills, the Swiss are now ready for the next step. While VIRVUM create a new monstrous record in studio, their amazing debut ‘Illuminance’ is made available again.

ARCHSPIRE + VIRVUM
(Tech Trek IV w/ Inferi and Wormhole):
05/09: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
05/11: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
05/12: West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey-A-Go-Go
05/13: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
05/14: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
05/15: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill
05/16: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
05/17: Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live!
05/18: Corpus Christi, TX @ Boozers Rock Bar
05/20: Orlando, FL @ The Haven
05/21: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Purgatory)
05/22: Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
05/23: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
05/24: Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland
05/25: Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom
05/26: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
05/27: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
05/28: Louisville, KY @ The Tiger Room
05/29: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
05/30: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
05/31: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
06/01: Denver, CO @ Roxy Theater
06/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
06/04: Boise, ID @ The Shredder

Additionally, VIRVUM will be keeping busy this year with a slew of European dates and festival appearances as well. Those dates are as follows:

VIRVUM (w/ BLOODSHOT DAWN):
03/03: Brighton (UK) @ The Green Door Store *
03/04: Newscastle (UK) @ Trillians
03/05: Edinburgh (IE) @ Bannermanns
03/06: Leicester (UK) @ Dryden Street
03/07: Hitchin (UK) @ Club 85
03/08: London (UK) @ Black Heart
03/09: Paris (FR) @ Gibus
03/10: Haarlem (NL) @ Patronaat
03/12: Copenhagen (DK) @ Beta
03/13: Hamburg (DE) @ Bambi Galore
03/14: Hradec Kralove (CZ) @ CC Lucie
03/15: Prague (CZ) @ Modra Vopice
03/16: Graz (AT) @ Club Q
03/17: Perugia (IT) @ Rework Club
03/18: Baden (CH) @ Werkk
*No Bloodshot Dawn

Headlining:
04/21: Luzern (CH) @ Sedel / Nothing But Metal Fest

w/ BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:
04/23: Paris (FR) @ Petit Bain
04/24: Angers (FR) @ Le Chabada
04/25: Villava (ES) @ Totem
04/27: Madrid (ES) @ Caracol
04/28: Barcelona (ES) @ Boveda
04/29: Apr Lyon (FR) @ Rock n Eat
04/30: Mulhouse (FR) @ Le Noumatrouf

Festival Appearances:
08/02 – 08/03: – Gränichen, (CH) @ Open Air Gränichen (Exact date T.B.A.)
08/26: Prasice (SK) @ Loud Farm Festival


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