Since it has been two years since Wage War gave their listeners a full-length album, it is no surprise that people were more than ready for some new tunes, so let’s see if the music was worth the wait. When jumping into the album, one of the first things one will notice is how the Wage War brand is in full swing- no major changes here, and that starts the record off on a good note. What does that mean? We are getting instrumental breakdowns, nice separation of screamed and sung vocals, and heavier articulations to instrumental passages, which provides a more aggressive front to the record. One thing that stands out with this album compared to their previous releases is that the band is starting to throw in dashes of modern and alternative musical techniques. This allows them to play with their characteristic sound slightly, and this will make their music more wide in terms of spectrum and it gives them more room to work with, musically speaking. Overall, I would give this record a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I am giving this album such a score because it feels as if Wage War is taking us back to the good ole days of metal music, while retaining their characteristic sound and experimenting with some modern flair. I would recommend this record to people, especially those who are missing a good metal riff.
“Will We Ever Learn”, “Fury”, and “Prison”
When listening to this album from front to back, there is no question that these tracks just hit in a different way, so let’s talk about it. These selections bring that heavy Wage War approach, and they sprinkle dashes of alternative and modern influence to produce this overly refined Wage War sound. I know, that sounds rather wordy and for lack of a better term- extra, but their sound, especially in these tracks, resonates in such a clean and refined manner. The best way to describe these selections is think of the older Wage War sound, and then, envision a power up in guitar hero, where everything is heightened, and that’s the sound you’re getting on the record but definitely with these works.
At first glance, just talking about the artwork, the image is pretty cool. The cover has a diamond in the center hovering over an orange pathway for depth and perspective use with a color scheme that fades from black to blue. The cover also has the name of the album and the band’s logo in the top corner, so it fits the build of a Wage War album with a slight bump to it since the emblem isn’t the main event for this one. When looking at the cover art it is hard to make a super concrete connection that isn’t an “a diamond in the rough” kind of cliché thing, which the band could’ve totally wanted to convey. I would say a lesser connection would be the hard tones, color wise, connects to the intense nature of the album, both musically and lyrically speaking, but other than that, it rides on the cliché relationship. Overall, I would say the two are fine together, but I don’t think the cover art will enhance the success of the record.
*”Pressure” was released on August 23rd, 2019 through Fearless Records.