For the last five years, metalcore has been an over diluted genre. It seems like every new band that was appearing all around the country was some sort of metalcore band with breakdowns galore. It’s a crying shame that a genre so pure and interesting has been diluted down to nothing more than generic. The genre is in need of a breath of fresh air in the form of a band brave enough to question the norm, and, in 2015, Wage War released their debut ‘Blueprints’, and with that there seemed to be hope on the horizon.
Two years and a plethora of tours later, and the band are ready to release their new album, ‘Deadweight’.
Opener ‘Two Years’ starts with an intense and melodic electronic instrumental, and then breaks into a brutal and full-pelt track filled with breakdowns, riffs, and haunting screams; a generic formula that’s executed to an absolute tee. The intertwining between Briton Bond‘s growls and guitarist Cody Quistad‘s clean vocals are a stand out on this track, and create the most memorable moments of the whole record.
Lead single, ‘Stitch’, is an absolute juggernaut of a track, and probably the standout track on the whole record. It’s heavy, brutal, and just an absolute monster. You could be forgiven to compare it to some Slipknot tracks, and that is a very, very big compliment.
‘Gravity’ showcases the band trying to opt for a more melodic side, but unfortunately it just falls flat. The track starts off at one point and doesn’t really go anywhere from there, it just dwindles along. The most boring track on the record by a mile.
Ironically, the band that could have been the poster boys for the evolution of metalcore sound at their best when sticking to the generic metalcore formula. You can only praise the Ocala quintet for trying to push themselves to the boundaries and expand their sound, but unfortunately those moments are some of the weakest that ‘Deadweight’ has to display. When the band stick to what they do best, they sound absolutely massive and when you have Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember) as a producer, your best is bound to sound better.
Unfortunately, ‘Deadweight’ doesn’t live up to its promise and is rendered a disappointment. However, despite not being able to take metalcore to the next level, they have more than enough potential to be a standout band in a sadly diluted pool and, with all things considered, that’s not a particularly bad place to be.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)