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on 9 August 2015
Damn Amazon's 5 star rating system. It's too restrictive for album reviews. To be more accurate, Wovenwar's debut would score a good 8 to 8.5 out of 10. This album isn't perfect, but few albums ever will be. As a fan of metalcore but having never listened to As I Lay Dying (shocking as that may seem) I had a rough idea of what to expect but had never heard what any of these musicians were capable of. I bought this at the same time as the latest release from August Burns Red, during a phase of listening to heavier music. As AILD fans will have quickly realised, Wovenwar certainly aren't metalcore. They aren't even a particularly heavy band, which may put off a lot of potential fans. However, anyone who isn't afraid of hard rock/metal that is melody driven will find a real gem in this album.

Admittedly, the two tracks that feature a slow, acoustic opening, Father/Son and Prophets, don't quite work as well as the rest of the album. I can understand the desire to change the pace, and the band could easily have been accused of being predictable had they not tried anything different, but it doesn't quite work as well as they might have hoped.

Other than that, there's no much to critcise. Sure, it's fairly accessible and radio friendly, but there's no reason to be negative towards a band that can create songs with good hooks, and there are some pretty infectious choruses to be found. That's not to say there aren't heavy moments here. The riffs are good and there's some technical skill on show, it's just more subtle and understated. I wasn't familiar with Shane Blay before but his vocals are impressive here and definitely help to create a cohesive sound. For a band that's in its infancy there are signs that Wovenwar could have a lot to offer.

What the band have created here is a solid album that is accessible but still packs enough of a punch to please fans of heavier artists. You can easily listen to this album all the way through without skipping a track, which is a testament to their songwriting ability. That alone should give this album a broad appeal.

Stand out tracks: Death to Rights, The Mason, Archers, Ruined Ends and Matter of Time.
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on 3 February 2015
took a gamble on this as id never heard of the bands these members were previously with. brilliant album and i got lucky getting the silver vinyl with an etch on side d ltd to 300 worldwide
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on 12 October 2014
Sweeping inspirational lyrics and artfully written and mixed - an incredible album from incredible musicians.
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on 4 August 2014
Being a big As I Lay Dying fan, I was looking forward to seeing what the guys would do without Tim Lambesis. Go radio friendly and rather bland is the short answer! As I Lay Dying songs are predominantly filled with harsh vocals and the few clean vocals included tend to compliment the overall sound. Wovenwar is the complete opposite with pretty much all vocals being clean. I'm maybe being a little bias as I prefer Lambesis style growls but even the melodies are average so it doesn't make up for it in that way either. People criticise bands like Bring Me the Horizon for selling out but their last 2 albums are far more metal than this! I still respect them as musicians, for trying a new project and overcoming the dodgy events involving Tim going to jail etc but they could have done much better than this unfulfilling record.
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on 6 August 2014
Massive AILD fan myself but trying to get your Wife murdered is unacceptable so the band have had to move on. The remaining AILD members of Josh, Jordan, Nick and Phil are all here but now with new vocalist Shane Blay. Tim he 'ain't but his clean not scream style works really well when combined with the amazing skills of the rest of the band. Thia album is quite simply, brilliant. I for one can't wait to see them in London soon and with tracks like 'Prophets' (mind blowing riffing), 'Sight of Shore', 'The Mason' and 'Identity' it will be epic.
Forget about the doom merchants, this album is a nice slice of gorgeous Metalcore. The King is dead, long live the King.
Johnny H 2014
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on 6 August 2014
An incredible offering from the ex-As I Lay Dying members (Nick, Josh, Phil and Jordan) and Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper. 'Wovenwar' will sound familiar to fans of both bands, but this new formation has given the respective musicians a greater opportunity to breathe, resulting in a harmonious and blistering offering.
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