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Heavy Haul: Wage War transmit dispatches from the Knotfest Roadshow

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Culture on March 30, 2022

Watch the Floridian metelcore unit celebrate some of their biggest indoor shows with fierce sessions of Mario Kart and spicy pickled eggs in a shopping mall parking lot.

Among an elite class of artists leading the pack of a new generation of American metalcore, Floridian collective Wage War have long been ready for their time in the spotlight.

As the most recent addition to the counter culture caravan of the Knotfest Roadshow, the band is positioned to broaden their reach nightly in what they have referred to as “the pinnacle of heavy metal touring”.

Armed with selections from their most complete recorded effort to date with Manic, Wage War has began a new chapter in their career on the Roadshow, performing the biggest indoor shows of their tenure. Proving they are more than capable of meeting the task of taking on arena-level shows, the band have provided some insight to what the professional milestone has been like.

Wage War document the trajectory of the band, the milestone of the arena show, and what it’s like to open for Slipknot in the first installment of their tour diary, Heavy Haul.

Photo by Ana Massard

Mario Kart all day. Ruins friendships. Stephen is now referred to as Mr. Nintendo. Briton – Cat Peach, Chris – Villager, Cody – Shy Guy, Seth – King Boo, Stephen – Baby Mario.

Photo by Ana Massard

Early load in’s for soundcheck every day. This is our first arena tour and some of the biggest indoor shows we’ve ever played.

Photo by Ana Massard

We brought some Florida tailgate energy to the Knotfest Roadshow. Corn hole is a must.

Photo by Ana Massard

The King of the Godrack. A lot of work goes into the show behind the scenes to make it all happen.

Photo by Ana Massard

This is my third tour on this custom SJC kit. It’s a white pearl wrap with mirror brass accents and hardware. All maple. She sounds as good and she looks. We have two mics mounted in the kick featuring the patented Kelly Shu technology, showcased through a clear resonant head.

Photo by Ana Massard

*When you see Death Roll on the set list*

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We’ve got some merch we’re very excited about on this run. John is the man who makes it all happen while we’re out here. We get shipments of boxes every few days and he gets a free workout.

Photo by Ana Massard

Go Gators. Seth repping his Alma Mater.


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