A hard-hitting American metalcore crew, Wage War emerged in 2013 with a sound that blended the raw vitality of punk with the sleek power of melodic hardcore. Down in Ocala, Florida, two guitarists met in high school and the seeds of a band were sown. Those friends, Cody Quistad and Seth Blake, recruited singer Briton Bond, bassist Jordan Pierce, and drummer David Rau, forming the band Empires. In 2013, after a change in lineup (Chris Gaylord on bass and Stephen Kluesener on drums), Wage War were born. The melodic metalcore band combined a brutal punch with a positive message, signing with Fearless Records. They recorded their first album, Blueprints, which was released in late 2015. Co-produced by fellow Ocalan Jeremy McKinnon (A Day to Remember) and Andrew Wade (Neck Deep, A Ghost Inside), the LP was preceded by the ferocious singles "Alive" and "Twenty One." After touring in support of the album, the band returned to the studio to record a follow-up. In 2017, Wage War returned with the punishing "Witness," the first single from their sophomore set, Deadweight, which arrived later that August. For their third full-length effort, the group enlisted producer Drew Fulk (Motionless in White, Lil Peep), and the resulting Pressure was released in August 2019. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Metal - Released August 4, 2017 | Fearless Records
The sophomore studio long-player from the Ocala, Florida-based metalcore unit who used to operate under the moniker Empires, Deadweight is the follow-up to Wage War's notable 2015 debut, Blueprints. Delivering another lethal set of punishing breakdowns, pit-inducing riffs, and clean/savage vocals, the Fearless Records-issued 12-track set includes the singles "Stitch," "Don't Let Me Fade Away," and "Witness." ~ James Christopher Monger
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