SEATTLE, WA | March 3, 2017: Five-piece progressive rock band Versus, who recently inked a deal with Revival Recordings, are proud to announce the release of their debut full-length, The Cardinal out today! The Cardinal was written entirely by Versus and produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Casey Bates (Memphis May Fire, Chiodos, Pierce The Veil, A Skylit Drive) with assistance from Brandon Boylan (tracking engineer/editing/production), Mack Newman and Josh Kendrick as additional engineers. The album comes just a year after the band’s debut EP The Black was released and fans are sure in for a treat! Off the brand new record, they unleashed “Stone Heart,” exclusively withMETAL UNDERGROUND. The song is about how hard life can be at times and how hard it is to deal with mental illness. The band continues “when you feel like the ant under the magnifying glass, it’s already an uphill battle and even harder when there’s weight holding you down.” In addition to “Stone Heart” they unveiled, “No Safety,” a track about not feeling comfortable enough to open up about where you are mentally. The band continues, “Whether that be with your partner or best friend, people dealing with depression and anxiety are good about keeping it all in. What’s what gets you there in the first place.”
Hailing from Seattle, WA, five-piece nu metal grunge band Versus formed in 2014, comprised of former band members in Lakeview Drive. The band utilizes their creative platform to spread a message of hope for individuals battling mental illness after first-hand losing someone significant to them. The band has made it their mission to help each and every person they come in contact with stating, “There isn’t an easy way out of the noise that can overcome your mind, but with understanding that there are a lot of us in the same boat we can fight mental illness with a network of support. We, as people, can be the medicine we all need.” The band continues, “we carry a very emotional performance that brings the show to an emotionally visible experience whether you are listening to the record or seeing it live. It’s very emotionally alive both ways.”
After teaming up with Outerloop Management to fine tune their sound and image, the band headed into the studio with veteran engineer, Casey Bates (Memphis May Fire, Chiodos, Pierce The Veil, A Skylit Drive) where they released The Black, a hard-hitting, hardcore rock-driven 5 track EP, in January 2016. Immediately following the release of The Black, the band hit the road with Affiance, XXI, It Lives It Breathes and Set To Stun followed by a full US run with A War Within and Convictions. Continuing their tumultuous year, the band inked a deal with Revival Recordings where they will debut their first full-length The Cardinal, out early 2017, comprising of “No Safety.”
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