New Music: Verdict by Via Novus

Back again on this blog are Via Novus, a band from Mississippi we interviewed earlier this year. Today the alternative/metal band released their new single, “Verdict” on Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music. What’s the verdict?

Verdict is a 3 minute and 46 second long metal song that guitarist and bassist Jae Murphy says expresses the band’s passion for what they do and fight to get to where they want to be. The heavy instrumentals fit the theme.

Jae identified “hold your future high, the battle is your bride” as a standout lyric and told me “The road to success is a love-hate relationship with the struggle to get there. Embrace it. Let it consume you.” Very true words there.

As for the inspiration, Jae had this to say: “The instrumental was written well before the lyrics were. When the time came to start working on vocals, we were talking about concepts, and the topic just came in a very authentic manner. We had just played Midwestern RockFest where we met a lot of really incredible people and had a ton of fun. We were inspired by that and excited for the future ahead. A lot of the lyrics were actually improv by Clinton as he was writing melodies, and I think that speaks volumes for how sincere the message is.”

When it comes to the production, the band found it easier than with their first EP, Dusk to Dust and that with that experience they could experiment more and try new things. The biggest challenge was with vocals: especially layering the backing vocals and harmonies.

If heavy riff-driven metal is your thing you might want to check out this new song.

You can listen to the song here:

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