Oct. 1 — Wage War’s new album, Manic is now available.
The video features vocalist Briton Bond in an apartment, singing his part to the song as he fights everything going on in his head. The whole thing is visually dark, including a shadow figure of sorts that is meant to personify the dark thoughts in the subject’s mind. This all happens as the song plays over the visualization.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Manic’ is so much unlike that of the rest of the album’s entries. In this case, the use of the electronics alongside the rapping and metal immediately lends itself to comparison to works from Hed (p.e.). Guitarist Cody Quistad was even cited as saying the song is “my favorite Wage War song ever…It lends itself to a manic headspace, summing up the album.” Quistad is right. The energy and stylistic approach here is manic in its own right, and it does just as well to help translate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme. The theme in question in fact does take on the topic of what a person going through so many emotions feels.
The noted, familiar theme is expressed well here right from the song’s lead verse, which states, “Fear hits like a drug in the veins/Hard to stop like a runaway train/Look around but there’s nobody to blame/Oh, what a shame/Spent nights just staring at the wall/Pay no mind to the demons in the hall/Yeah I’m numb/I don’t feel nothing at all/Braced for the fall/Try to calm myself down/But I feel the panic/Is it all up in my head/Am I going manic?” Again, some of the lyrics are tough to decipher sans lyrics to reference, but enough can be understood to the end that the noted message is clear. The song’s second verse builds on the message, stating, “It’s a war/But I’m never on attack/Holding on, but I’m slipping through the crack/Don’t wanna be another body on the stack/I’m never coming back/Spending nights just staring at the wall/Pay no mind to the demons in the hall” Again here we have that theme of mental health, which deserves the fullest seriousness. That is especially in the current era as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The statement later in the song that, “I don’t wanna die” shows just how serious someone going through mania (or any major mental health concern) feels and thinks. Hopefully this familiar and fully accessible presentation will help anyone who is battling a mental health concern fight that battle and win every day. Such lyrical and musical content collectively shows once more, the power of Wage War’s latest album. That is even more the case when the song is considered with the other songs examined here, the album’s current singles, and the rest of the record’s songs. The whole comes together to make the album in whole a powerful new offering from Wage War that is among the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums.
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