Wage War return with thought-provoking – yet explosive – third album, Pressure.
Wage War have been part of the Fearless Records family for 4 years. In this time, the band have produced two killer albums and now, with the release of their latest record, we are on the verge of getting a third. Fans of the band have been eagerly awaiting this release in the hope that Pressure will continue to trailblaze with their primal and relentlessness energy. The band have an utterly embossed sound, with raw power that is reminiscent of the likes of High on Fire and softcore melodies akin to A Day To Remember – and I am pleased to report that Pressure, even from its first note, lives up to high standards that the boys from Ocala have set thus far in their career.
Pressure offers a little bit of everything. One of its strongest qualities is the way it presents its overarching therapeutic message. Songs such as Hurt and Me against Myself welcome the listener to fill themselves with the strength they may desperately need from within, through the lyrics that resonate with the concepts you may be struggling to articulate.
How you deal with [Pressure] is what determines who you are.
The highlights of this album come through melodic choruses sung beautifully by lead singer Briton Bond, designed for an elation of the inner self, to make the drop back into their classic metalcore bark evermore dramatic and crushing. While some may criticise the band for potentially falling into a formulaic song progression, I think that anyone who comes to this conclusion while listening to this record simply hasn’t spent enough time properly listening to it. Pressure tries, and succeeds in, wiping the slate clean of past critiques and goes all out with neck-breaking rhythm and ecstatic melodies – made only possible by the singer’s range of sound and the band’s raw energy.
In short, the message of this album is poignant and addresses a lot of topics on the cusp of society’s wider agenda. Each track on the record responds to the ever-growing pressure to fit in and discusses that, as we get older, we should find comfort in finding our own authentic and natural identity. When I listened to this album, I was awash with a feeling of freedom – as if I was able to escape all of my own struggles and view the mask that society pushes on us all from a perspective distance. Whether you are a fan of Wage War or not, I am sure that Pressure will invite you to look at yourself with through a fresh, undistorted lens.