Wage War
Pressure


2.5
average

Review

by brettgoespunk USER (23 Reviews)
September 4th, 2019 | 80 replies


Release Date: 08/30/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Plain and simply plain and simple.

I’m really unsure where to begin with this review. There’s a lot of issues with this record. If you aren’t familiar with Wage War, they’re a metalcore band signed to Fearless Records. This is their third album, and their clear attempt to grab a wider audience. Unfortunately they have fallen victim to the trend of metalcore bands scrounging for a spot on SiriusXM Octane’s “Big ‘Uns” countdown (their version of the top songs of the week). Most late 2000s/early 2010s Warped Core bands have strayed to this career ending demise, but no one expected it from Wage War so early on in their career. Especially with the lead single, “Low,” being such a fantastic song. Unfortunately, with every new single that came out, the fan base grew less and less hopeful for Pressure. Track one, “Who I Am,” was the single that brought the album announcement, and while still being a pretty good metalcore song, signaled the lyrical mediocrity that was to come on the rest of the album.

I’m sure that the guys in the band didn’t mean to write the most painfully average and boring lyrics that could possibly be in a metalcore song in 2019, but they did. There doesn’t seem to be any heart behind what this band is doing anymore. Gone is the pure rage of “Stitch” or “The River.” Two songs which were the jumpstart for many people to love this band in the first place. Of course, there are heavy songs and parts of this album, but nothing matches the raw emotion that the band had on the last two albums. The only thing that could even come close is the aforementioned “Low.” This song doesn’t even sound like it was written in the same time frame that the rest of the songs were (and honestly it probably wasn’t since it came out way before the album was even announced). “Low” has a fantastic riff, a soaring chorus beautifully sung by Cody Quistad (who really does shine on the rest of this album as far as chops go), and multiple breakdowns that are splendidly executed as per usual with Wage War.

The biggest problem with this Pressure is the songwriting. It is plain and simply plain and simple. There is nothing exciting about most of this album. There are things worth listening to it for, but for the most part you’re going to find generic “hope-core” lyrics and uninspired songwriting. If you’re looking for something simple and easy to listen to as far as metal and radio rock/metal goes, this might be the album for you. But for anyone who doesn’t want to hear gang vocal “whoa”s and “hey”s in metalcore in 2019 should probably avoid it altogether. It is not a terrible album by any means, but Wage War were never the most innovative and refreshing band in the metalcore scene. In fact they weren’t really innovative or refreshing at all, but they did what they did really well and this is proof that they should have stuck to what they knew how to do. Frankly, Pressure probably serves as a bad omen for future Wage War projects.



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Sinternet
September 4th 2019


20286 Comments


one of the worst bands to happen to metalcore ever

Digging: Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

Lucman
September 4th 2019


3187 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Beartooth is up (down?) there as well.

Digging: Courtney Swain - Between Blood and Ocean

JayEnder
September 4th 2019


5211 Comments


Extremely shitty album.

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Running through this right now. It's pretty generic and uninteresting, but that's been the case with Wage War's entire career. I'd be a moron to expect anything else.

JayEnder
September 4th 2019


5211 Comments


Blueprints was good

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Blueprints was pretty much generic chuggachugga core. If I'm to be honest, Deadweight had some more interesting moments than both this and Blueprints.

KenboSlice
September 4th 2019


3234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I love Blueprints and Deadweight (hell Deadweight actually had some heavier moments than Blueprints) but this album is ass

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Hurt" sounds like they're trying to rip off Slaves lolol what the fuck

KenboSlice
September 4th 2019


3234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Wage Snore

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What the fuck made them think "The Line" was a good idea? "Fury" isn't much better either.

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Does this album even have an identity?

KenboSlice
September 4th 2019


3234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Fury is one of the better tracks lol

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Of course you'd think that.



Real talk though, the heavier cuts here are mostly just wannabe Architects rips, and the lighter cuts are either ripping off Slaves ("Hurt") or Issues ("The Line"). Also on the topic of "Hurt", for all the shit I gave it, that one still kind of sounds like it'd work were it a Slaves b-side. Just get Matt McAndrew to sing on it.

JayEnder
September 4th 2019


5211 Comments


Grave sucks sooooo bad.

TooManyFriends
September 4th 2019


3114 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i gave their last album a bad review when it came out and everyone neg'd me well guess what fuckers i was right this band has sucked shit all along

JayEnder
September 4th 2019


5211 Comments


Shoulda listened to Charlie Brown guys.

Dude, you got 18 pos's outta 28 not everyone negged u. In fact, I'm almost certain I dropped a pos because I had similar feelings for their last album.

TooManyFriends
September 4th 2019


3114 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

to be clear, this album is only marginally worse than their previous albums. they've always been bottom of the barrel, ultra derivative dreck

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah they have always been pretty bleh aside from a song here and there.

JayEnder
September 4th 2019


5211 Comments


Stitch is probably the best song they ever wrote.

veninblazer
September 4th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Johnny Cash*

But yes, Stitch is easily up there



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