Release Date: Jul 17, 2012
Record label: Bridge Nine Records
Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Hardcore, Post-Grunge, Punk/New Wave, Hardcore Punk, Screamo
Agony. Sheer, beautiful agony. Where most heavy bands plough a good line in angst, Verse (like Defeater and Burn Down Rome to name but two) deal in sheer agony. It is so purely articulated here that they can afford to push the boundaries of progressive hardcore; from ultra-melodic post-rock guitars to rap-infused aggression that recalls Downset and early Vision Of Disorder, without ever feeling forced or out of place.
The once-defunct, Providence, RI-based hardcore band Verse have reformed and released a new album, titled Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace. There was a time when you could go to a hardcore show in any city across the U.S. and rub elbows with at least one person sweating in a Verse T-shirt, and the band’s return has been met with a positive reception thus far.