Florida-based metalcore band Wage War recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of their debut album Blueprints. Their newly released single “Surrounded” was initially an unreleased track from the aforementioned album, however it ultimately was excluded. What was once unable to find its place on the album now proves to be a track that fully encompasses the essence of Wage War, from the duality of their gritty and clean vocals to the headbanging breakdowns that they are known for.
The narrator begins by stating that they are unlike those that allow other people’s opinions to change them, making them unrecognizable to themselves. They question why people allow their lives to be influenced by the decisions and ideas of others, to the point that they become surrounded by things that hold them back. Again, reiterating that they are unlike those that follow a crowd, the narrator reminds the listener that it’s not too late to find a path of their own, encouraging them to look toward the future and the possibilities it holds. The accompanying music video takes fans down memory lane with footage of live performances during previous tours and their travels around the world during the Blueprints era. The intro to the video includes a short description of the video, thanking their fans for helping the album become the success that it is today:
“5 years ago we put out an album, aptly titled ‘Blueprints’, that would be the foundation of our career as Wage War. The following song is unreleased from that album, and the footage here consists of personal videos from the 212 shows in 13 countries of the Blueprints era. We appreciate every person who has supported us from the beginning with our release of Blueprints and continue to join us on this ride.”
Watch the video here!
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Review by: Cristina Herrera