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Virgos Merlot was a hard rock band formed in 1998. Their singular album, Signs of a Vacant Soul, was released in 1999, and featured densely-produced atmospheric guitars, a heavy rhythm presence, and the commanding vocals of lead singer Brett Hestla.

Perhaps due to lackluster sales and its lukewarm critical reception, the original lineup disbanded sometime after the release of Signs of a Vacant Soul. The band later reformed for a short while without guitarist Jason Marchant. Due to legal red tape, they were known simply as Virgos and released their only album, The Path of Least Resistance, under Hestla and Marchant’s old record label, Devine. The Devine was also the name of the band Hestla and Marchant were members of prior to the formation of Virgos Merlot. The Devine’s only record, Victim, was also released under this label.

After touring with Creed as replacement for bassist Brian Marshall, Hestla joined Dark New Day in 2004.

Marchant and Ledbetter went on to form the band Red Halo. JD Charlton was also a member of Red Halo for some time, but left to join theDeadline.

Chris Dickerson later played bass for Downstem (with JD on drums), Vonray (with JD on drums), and Course of Nature.

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  • en-dee

    The Sopranos...Bada Bing...

    20 Jun 7:34pm Reply
  • StankDank

    'The Cycle' is a pretty good song...

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • Aldous41

    Yeah, I was pretty upset when I found out the Deacon had passed on. Their new lead singer was a part of the Red Halo group with Merchant and the Deacon. Chase has a good voice and I'd love to hear new stuff from them. I had a farewell concert of theirs awhile ago, but damned if I can find it. They were/are amazing.

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • abe.

    I miss this band...

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    Rest In Peace Ted Ledbetter :(

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    The vids of the new reunion look good, new singer is alright.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • BigB1980

    These guys did not get the play they should have

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • BigB1980

    One of my favorite albums, I think Parasite is the best.

    17 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Zach216

    Such an unappreciated band. If more hard rock sounded like this and was promoted well by dumb labels we'd all be better off and maybe people wouldn't completely dismiss listening to the radio.

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • B_Hammock

    Wow there's nothing like finding a song (Kiss My Disease) that you heard years ago that you totally forgot about haha.

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • zarnywoop

    Yup! Great album, too bad mine is so scratched...although I ripped the titles on my computer to preserve the memories!

    17 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Crash

    One of the Tightest bands I've ever seen live... It's a shame that they're no longer together.... Kiss My Disease is probably the weakest song on the album, so if that's all you've ever heard, listen some more!

    10 Nov 2006 Reply

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