Viva la Muerte
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Viva la Muerte

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Established on Jan, 2005
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"A life of creativity, and talks with dad"

It’s a beautiful piece of work, with pedal steel guitar, mandolin, piano and songs full of love, death and serendipity. - Jeri Rowe - Greensboro News & Record

"Dead On: Viva La Muerte"

When you hear the name of Greensboro-based band Viva La Muerte, winners of YES! Weekly’s readers’ poll for the Triad’s Best Original Band, you might find yourself wondering what they’re all about. First of all, they’re not a death metal band, though the name loosely translates to “long live death.” They’re prepared for your curiosity. They have a paragraph on the homepage of their website wading into an explanation of sorts about the band name. There are allusions to obscure movie references, to poetic philosophies of beauty, and to the code of the samurai. It’s all a riff basically on memento mori — the maxim that states ‘Remember that you, too, will die one day,’ and so you should live life with the fire and passion derived from that understanding. - John Adamian - Yes! Weekly


The Eyes of Men

  1. Time to Play
  2. My Shirt
  3. Lion Eyes in the Moonlight
  4. Revolution of the Heart
  5. Tom Waits' Basement
  6. The Eyes of Men
  7. Second Life
  8. Traditional American Murder Ballad
  9. Ghost Chord
  10. About Love
  11. Knockin'
  12. The Eyes of Men II
All The Birds
  1. Feel Like I'm Feeling Again
  2. Obscuro
  3. Santa Muerte
  4. Loan Me a Wolf
  5. All The Birds
  6. David Carradine
  7. Every Once In Awhile
  8. The Bootlegger's Son
  9. The Song of Now
  10. Stellar Wind
  11. 11:11
  12. Oneiromancy



Viva la Muerte was recently selected by YES! Weekly's readers as THE BEST ORIGINAL BAND IN THE TRIAD (Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem). Born as a fiddle and two guitars back in 2005. In 2012, VLM expanded their sound and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for their first album, "All the Birds." Critical acclaim for "All the Birds" came from all over the country. "The album screams with creativity," said Amplifier magazine. "It's a beautiful piece of work," wrote Jeri Rowe of The Greensboro News and Record. Even David Gans of Tales From The Golden Road took note, writing, "Very nice variety of feels and flavors here. Hearkens back to the 60s in the best possible way. Armstrong's voice brings to mind Jim Morrison but without the false menace."

In 2015, VLM launched a second Kickstarter campaign for their second album, "The Eyes of Men," and again raised more than $10,000. They are currently at work on their third album, "Storm Country," and were just this year featured by Relix Magazine as a "Band on the Rise." VLM can be found at

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