Wage War

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Wage War
2016 RiP Wage War - by 2eight - DSC8978.jpg
Wage War in 2016
Background information
Also known asEmpires (2010), War Within
OriginOcala, Florida[1]
GenresMetalcore,[2] melodic metalcore,[3] hardcore punk[4]
Years active2010-present
Associated acts
  • Briton Bond
  • Cody Quistad
  • Seth Blake
  • Chris Gaylord
  • Stephen Kluesener
Past members
  • David Rau
  • Jordan Pierce

Wage War is an American metalcore band from Ocala, Florida formed in 2010 under the name Empires. The band signed to Fearless Records in 2015. The band consists of vocalist Briton Bond, rhythm guitarist and clean vocalist Cody Quistad, lead guitarist Seth Blake, bassist Chris Gaylord, and drummer Stephen Kluesener.


Wage War started in 2010 in Ocala, Florida.[3] The band was originally named Empires and consisted of Briton Bond (unclean vocals), Cody Quistad (rhythm guitar/clean vocals), Seth Blake (lead guitar), Jordan Pierce (bass) and David Rau (drums). Rau quit the band to focus on teaching and is now residing as a teacher at West Port High School in the band’s hometown. The band changed their name to Wage War and hired on Chris Gaylord to replace Pierce and Stephen J. Kluesener to replace Rau. In 2015, the band signed to Fearless Records, with a Jeremy McKinnon/Andrew Wade-produced single.[1][5][6][7] After being signed to Fearless, the band released their debut album, Blueprints.[8] Their second album Deadweight was released with Fearless Records on August 4, 2017.

Wage War has done a number of tours, including playing on the entirety of the Vans Warped Tour in 2016, and A Day to Remember's Self Help Festival in 2017. The band has also opened for artists such as August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, I Prevail, The Amity Affliction, Every Time I Die, For Today and Of Mice & Men. The band played with Parkway Drive on their mini June 2017 tour. The band will also embark on their first national headliner this July, in support of their new album Deadweight.

On March 18, 2019, Wage War lost all of their MySpace content from 2016 and earlier in "a server migration gone wrong" from the Empires era (with the exception of The Fall of Kings EP). It was widely reported that over 50 million songs and 12 years worth of content was permanently lost, and there was no backup. [9]



  • Briton Bond – lead vocals (2010–present)
  • Seth Blake – lead guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Cody Quistad – rhythm guitar, clean vocals (2010–present)
  • Chris Gaylord – bass (2013–present), backing vocals (2017–present)
  • Stephen Kluesener – drums (2013–present)


  • Jordan Pierce – bass (2010–2013)
  • David Rau – drums (2010–2013)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Chart peaks


Hard Rock


2015 Blueprints[2][16][17][18] Fearless 3 43 9 28
2017 Deadweight[19] 54 8 2 45


  • The Fall of Kings (2011)


  • "Low" (2019)

The Fall of Kings EP, Previously unreleased songs and B-sides[edit]

The Fall of Kings EP

  1. "The Only Escape"
  2. "A World Reborn"
  3. "Divides"
  4. "Conquerors"
  5. "The Fall of Kings"

Unreleased songs/B-sides

  1. "Maelstorm" - a b-side released under the name Empires but was never on an album.
  2. "The Aftermath" - a b-side the band released when changed to Wage War.
  3. "Westboro" - later appeared on Blueprints as Basic Hate. Live performances are featured on YouTube.
  4. "Honesty" - a previously unreleased song the band performed while called Empires. Live performances are featured on YouTube.
  5. "I Am the Messenger" - a previously unreleased song the band performed while called Empires. Live performances are on YouTube.
  6. "Parasite" - a previously unreleased song the band performed while called Empires. Live recordings featured on YouTube.
  7. "Ambition" - a previously unreleased song the band recorded. A snippet has been released when the band was called Empires.
  8. "Dethroner" - a previously unreleased song the band recorded. It has been played live under the name Wage War.
  9. "My First Hardcore Song" - a cover song the band done in a high school auditorium, originally done by a girl named Juliet.
  10. "It's Come Down to This" - a song the band had done and had surfaced on their MySpace page before Myspace lost all the music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 during a server migration.


  1. ^ a b Chatterjee, Kika (June 15, 2015). "Wage War announce Fearless Records signing with Jeremy McKinnon-produced single". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Litchfield, Rob (December 10, 2015). "Wage War's Blueprints breaks down Metalcore barriers". The Defender. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Yeung, Neil Z. "Biography : Wage War". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  4. ^ Willschick, Aaron (June 20, 2016). "WAGE WAR Are Waging War on Your Ears in Music Video for "The River"". Pure Grain Audio. Retrieved January 16, 2017. The band delivers 11 tracks of uncompromising multi-dimensional hardcore...
  5. ^ "Wage War Signs to Fearless Records". New Noise Magazine. June 15, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Admin (October 23, 2015). "Wage War Shared Intriguing New Single "Youngblood" From Debut Album". Highlight Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Shultz, Thom (June 16, 2015). "Wage War Signs to Fearless Records". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  8. ^ Bomber (February 22, 2016). "Wage War premiere 'Youngblood' video clip". Bombshell Zine. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Brodkin, Jon (2019-03-18). "Myspace apparently lost 12 years' worth of music, and almost no one noticed". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  10. ^ "Wage War". Billboard. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: December 12, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  12. ^ Peaks on the Rock Albums chart:
  13. ^ Peaks on the Hard Rock Albums chart:
  14. ^ "Independent Albums: December 12, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Mark (November 23, 2015). "Wage War - Blueprints". Loud and Heavy. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  17. ^ Pacheco, Anthony (December 27, 2015). "Wage War - Blueprints Review". Flippen Music. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  18. ^ Tyler H. "Album Review: Wage War - Blueprints". Sound Fiction. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  19. ^ "Wage War | Fearless Records". Fearless Records. Retrieved 2017-05-04.

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