Wage War wasted no time in working on new material, making the most of being stuck indoors as the world shut down due to the pandemic. Manic comes just over two years after the previous record, Pressure, which received mostly positive reviews, thrusting Wage War further into the spotlight. They are slowly but surely becoming quite a force within metalcore, whilst combining many common features of the genre, with exceptionally catchy choruses, thunderous screams and breakdowns for days, which all sounds very familiar, but they deliver a very good and memorable record.
The first songs I heard from this record, ‘Teeth’, ‘High Horse’ and ‘Circle The Drain’, made me very eager to hear more and they haven’t let me down. ‘High Horse’ shows Wage War’s heavier side, whilst ‘Circle The Drain’ showcases their ability to mix things up with Cody taking the forefront on this track. ‘Teeth’ sits in the middle of these two, giving us a good mix of singles to ensure it doesn’t feel too samey.
Some of the standouts from this record include ‘Godspeed’ with its ferocious verses and catchy choruses, make this one to hear live, it’s got my head nodding and foot tapping subconsciously and ‘Never Said Goodbye’ is an emotional track and probably the catchiest song on the record, slow but crescendos to a passionate heart-wrenching chorus; it’s one of those I definitely had on repeat.
Overall, this album is solid, it showcases what Wage War are all about and the progression from their prior albums. Whilst there is nothing new and ground-breaking, it’s an impressive showing from the Florida based Quintet and one I’ll be listening to after finishing this review
Manic dropped via Fearless on 1st October 2021
MANIC TRACK LISTING:
“Circle the Drain”
“Never Said Goodbye”
“If Tomorrow Never Comes”