No. 15

September 01, 2014

Wovenwar have finally released their debut self-titled album. The supergroup consists of members from the bands As I Lay Dying and Oh, Sleeper. They were formed from the events which transpired in 2013, when As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested and convicted for attempting to hire a hitman to assassinate his wife. Instead of continuing with a new vocalist, the rest of the members of As I Lay Dying decided to start a new project. They then joined with Shane Blay, vocalist from Oh, Sleeper and Wovenwar was born.

Guitarists Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa are the powerhouses they always have been. Every track is just jam-packed with full and atmospheric textures of distorted guitars and high melodic leads. Since they aren’t as concerned with writing as heavy as possible, it’s given them opportunities to stretch their wings in being more creative to utilizing their guitars in multiple ways. “Ruined Ends” provides a perfect example as they go back and forth from double picking, to high leads, to power chords, and even to guitar solos. “Father/Son” even has the presence of acoustic guitars in one of the more memorable songs in the whole album.

Of course people are already complaining with things like it’s just not heavy enough, Blay needs to start screaming, it’s generic and easy-listening metal, with many many more complaints to come. Perhaps the naming of Wovenwar is just a deep and artistic statement on the human condition and nothing else. It would be foolish to assume that Lambesis wasn’t on each of their hearts and minds during this new chapter of their lives, and that it wouldn’t bleed into their songwriting. And none of it, if any at all, is attacking or mean-spirited or anything negative whatsoever. All in all, the lyrics are vague enough to never make anything definite and they leave everything to individual interpretation. In the end that’s exactly what the band wants.

Overall, Wovenwar completely delivered on what they’ve been teasing. The combination of Shane Blay’s voice with As I Lay Dying’s style of metalcore sounds almost effortless as if they’ve been playing and writing together for several years. Whatever the future may hold for As I Lay Dying, Wovenwar is here for the moment and have made their presence known.

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