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Area 11 - Versus

"It's a song about wars between inter-dimensional gods" - Sparkles*
Versus is the first single released from Area 11's second album. It was written primarily by Sparkles*.

It was officially released with a music video on the 13/11/15 and was subsequently made available for download on Area 11's website and for free for anyone who pre-ordered the album.

The song is judged to be the final version of the track Siege Engine , which was played live throughout the band's San Tour. Despite this, there are many lyrical and musical differences between the two versions of the song.

Lyrics

This is the volta
Scuttle the ships, there's no return
With our backs to the river
I dream of it; am I a psycho?
Watching you burn
Nothing else feels this perfect to me
Hands in the air”; salute or surrender?
Close your eyes to open fire

We adapt, mutilate, replicate and survive
Take your square from the arbiter of lives
They look the same, the Right, Left, Rights
But choose a side

The truth, the war; the rise, the fall
The virus in our heads that infects us all
Do you need it once more?
Can you remember what it is we’re dying for?
Fighting for?

Unchecked it grows inside
Urges for sororicide
Apostates alone lacerate distant skies
Little soldier, little girl
Who used to love this fucking world
To love, to despise: such a fine line

We adapt, we mutate, replicate and divide
The hardest strikes always land when hands are tied
Both the same: the X, the Y
Choose your side

The truth, the war; the rise, the fall
The virus in our heads that infects us all
Do you need it once more?
Can you remember what it is we’re dying for?
Fighting for?

The truth, the war
We adapt, we evolve, we destroy, we survive
Outcome set long before we arrive
Play the game: defect/comply
But choose your side

The truth, the war; the rise, the fall
The virus in our heads infects, manipulates our thoughts
Once more: can we remember what it is we're dying for? Fighting for?

Trivia

  • Versus, Override [C] and Angel Lust were written long before most of the other songs in Modern Synthesis.
  • It was written at the same time as Processor and Angel Lust.
  • Its inspirations have been stated as being Crossfaith and Bring me the Horizon.

Music Video

At 2:30 into the music video, patterns of dots can be seen passing by from top to bottom. When slowed down, this pattern is created:

Numbersversus

...a symbol followed by '0-263475'

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And at the beginning^

In the video, there are two different levels of light; a lighter section and a notably darker section. The changes between the two levels occur almost exactly when the chorus starts and ends - turns to bright on the word 'war' in the first and second choruses and goes darker in between the choruses and the following verse. The outlier to this pattern is where it gradually becomes lighter, and then more yellow. This then stays the same for the remainder of the song.

The video, and the song, give off a sense of repetition or looping - the song both starts and ends with almost the same sound pattern - just mirrored. The video reinforces this idea, as at the start it's panning across the ceiling, and the end is almost identical.

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