Top positive review
An impressive debut
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.