Verse
From Anger and Rage


3.5
great

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
October 12th, 2010 | 19 replies | 7,821 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Verse is an enigma to the hardcore genre. Obviously, any true hardcore fan must have their name comfortably situated in their musical brains, but for the most part Verse really are nothing special when it comes to the execution of their music. They play basic modern hardcore that other bands before had already pioneered, they feature your basic, yet exceptionally well done, shouted vocals that convey the message of angst and emotion quite a bit better than any other hardcore band. But Verse are still considered nothing short of an absolute for the genre. Maybe it is their angst and emotion that they convey so well, not just in vocalist Sean Murphy alone, but the entire band somehow correctly finds the right frequency to touch off that nerve in the listener that makes them relive their better days, those outlets for letting out all of one’s emotion.

From Anger And Rage is often a passed by album. When most think of Verse, the modern hardcore band, even veterans of the genre will only cite Aggression as Verse's star album. In all honesty, they are somewhat true. But for those who actually wish to delve further into Verses discography, they will be pleasantly surprised, as I was, to find out that their previous album actually holds up to the stardom that Aggression has, and at points, even surpassing it.

From Anger And Rage tends to be a misleading title. While for some this might not be, for myself the title makes me think of Ceremony ‘Violence Violence’-era aggressive hardcore that is spastic, short and fairly abrupt and brutal in its delivery. Yet, keeping with the basic modern hardcore approach, Verse does not do this in From Anger And Rage. Sure, songs like ‘Weather to a Stone’, ‘Standing in the Ashes’, and ‘Stolen’ showcase the niches of hardcore that feature short tracks keep it sweet and to the point, but Verse excel in use of melody and song structure that Defeater and Modern Life is War uses that makes them so valid in the modern hardcore scene. ‘From Anger and Rage’, ‘We Were Here’, and ‘Follow Conform Repeat’ are stellar tracks that might even outshine most of the songs that are featured on Verse's final album that most seem to put on such a high pedestal. From Anger And Rage is not simply an album that should be looked over simply as ‘Verse finding their niche before Aggression’. No, it is still just as relevant at that.

Yet From Anger And Rage still suffers from minor problems that keep it from becoming the ‘perfect album that no one cares to find out about’. Aggression saw Verse finally channeling all their energy and emotion and crafting it into a semi-concept album of politics, emotion and channeled anger. On From Anger And Rage, all that energy and angst is still present, just scatterbrained throughout. On this album, Verse hasn’t quite found the medium for their sound, and this equivocates to a fairly messy and disorganized album that can be easily looked past for the common bro, but modern hardcore enthusiasts will be quick to point out these flaws and probably turned off at the sound of it.

Verse know (knew) how to craft excellent hardcore. While most will constantly go back to the familiar territory of Aggression, you are indeed selling yourself short if you miss out on From Anger And Rage. While a bit more disorganized and a little harder to ‘click’, the same energy and emotion felt on Aggression is actively felt on each song on From Anger And Rage. Do yourself a favor and pick this album up, do not let the memory of Verse become that of a band that got lucky on one album.



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cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


did you honestly expect someone else to write this?

Relinquished
October 12th 2010



24855 Comments


nope

and:

will only quote Aggression as Verses star album.


cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


thats right. fix'd. sup wolf?

IRAI
October 12th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EVEN WORDS!
WRITTEN IN STONE!
CAN BE...
ERODED WITH TIME!

this was the first album i had of theirs, and i had the pleasure of seeing them soon before they called it quits.

i also think it is nothing special in terms of groundbreaking, but the message behind their music is much more valuable to the staying power of this album, as most hardcore is, and should be.

Relinquished
October 12th 2010



24855 Comments


nm man just relistening to the new intronaut

cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


@IRAI: completely agree.

hows that shit, relinquished?

Relinquished
October 12th 2010



24855 Comments


not as heavy but pretty chill and nice, got cleans and more melodic passages



FLOCKA

Inveigh
October 12th 2010



24863 Comments


sweet review man, I need this as I like Aggression quite a bit.

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IRAI
October 12th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...and i prefer this over Aggression.

their first album Rebuild is solid as well, just not as lyrically powerful, but its a good starting point in hearing their progression.

cvlts
October 12th 2010



8954 Comments


ehh, I have say Aggression is a tad better as it is pretty much the culmination of everything they've ever done, plus the fact that its basically their farewell album.

thanks Inveigh, definately get this.

IRAI
October 12th 2010



1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love Aggression, i just like some of the songs on here more is all.

Edwin
October 12th 2010



1399 Comments


I'm worried about listening to this. Don't wanna be disappointed cos I love Aggression so much.

Captain North
October 12th 2010



6784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is very eh compared to Aggression, and seems to lack a lot of that urgency.

horatiocaine
October 13th 2010



126 Comments


Good review, but when mentioning the band's name, you might want to change it from "Verses" to "Verse's." For example,

‘From Anger and Rage’, ‘We Were Here’, and ‘Follow Conform Repeat’ are stellar tracks that might even outshine most of the songs that are featured on Verses final album that most seem to put on such a high pedestal.

cvlts
October 13th 2010



8954 Comments


haha, ya that was a product of writing this hella fast lol

eternium
January 10th 2011



16332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally listening to this one. Surprised at the difference between it and Aggression.

cvlts
January 10th 2011



8954 Comments


whoa, new comment box feature...

Relinquished
January 10th 2011



24855 Comments


what is that

Kris.
January 10th 2011



12230 Comments


huh?



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