Verso is a melodic, semi-progressive metal band formed 2004 in Pori, Finland. Line-up of the band has remained same since the beginning: Petteri Salonen/Voc, Ville-Veikko Laaksonen/gtr, Mikko Porvari/gtr/key, Marko Mäki-Panula/bass, Mikko Kulju/drums. All the members of Verso have a long history with music and they’ve all had their share of gigs and studio work. The music of Verso has been characterized to be hard, dark and melodic metal. The people and critics who have heard the band have said that they can hear such bands as: In Flames, Chimaira, Soilwork, Tool and Dream Theater in Verso’s music. The spectrum of influences is so broad that the music style varies from modern metal to older Black Sabbath style heavy metal and more progressive rock music (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson etc.). The goal of the band is to make something distinctive and personal. Unlike in many other modern metal bands the music of Verso relies heavily – in addition to the strong guitar riffs- on the interpretation of the vocalist, Petteri Salonen. Sometimes Verso may sound like soft swinging lullaby and sometimes the style changes into mammoth-sized and dramatic chorus based metal. And of course screaming/growling style of singing is used when needed. The latest single Gone Into My Blood was recorded and published 2007. After a short period of promotion and gigs, Verso signed a record deal with Kampas Records. In addition to this new single Verso has made a CD single, No harm done (2005) and a three-song MCD This cold place (2006). All the CD’S were recorded in Cotton Studio in Pori with an outside producer called Häiriö Piirinen (known as a guitarist of finish gold selling band Maj Karma). Apart from these recorded songs Verso has an album worth of songs left to be recorded. A full length CD release is in the waiting for the fall of 2008.
Current (or Last Known) Lineup
|Musician||Instruments||Currently Also In||Used To Be In||Guest Appearances|
|Ville Veikko Laaksonen||Guitar|
|Mikko Porvari||Guitar, Keyboard|