WOVENWAR

"Wovenwar" (Metal Blade; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Wovenwar was born out of the hiatus of As I Lay Dying. Tim Lambesis was the lead singer for As I Lay Dying but he was arrested and plead guilty to hiring an undercover police officer to murder his wife. He is now serving a six-year prison sentence.

Wovenwar have clean vocals and an awesome sound. I know that this may be a one-off since Tim has the band put on hiatus but that's too bad; this is the stuff I can crank in the car and at home. Nothing against As I Lay Dying but I long for the clean vocals of singers. I mean, what the heck is everybody so angry about? I know, I've reviewed AILD in the past and I dig their sound and their message so don't push me out of the way just yet.

The guitar is always going on this self-titled monsterpiece. It's got plenty of hooks and you can jam to every track and the clean vocals give it a sweet sound that makes it more of a heavy metal record rather than a straight metalcore disc. Melodic metal is what Wovenwar are selling here plus hard rock and alternative metal. Wovenwar is not AILD #2 but it will be interesting to see where this is going. I can tell you this: these guys aim to make great music and an awesome tour so if you want to see them live then get out and support their direction.

Wovenwar: Shane Blay lead vocals, rhythm guitar; Nick Hipa lead guitar; Phil Sgrosso - rhythm guitar, programming; Josh Gilbert bass guitar, backing vocals; Jordan Mancino drums.

For more information on the band - http://wovenwar.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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