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CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Oktober 2016 von Markus W. in Wovenwar, News, Metalcore, Melodic Metalcore, New, CD Review, Modern Rock, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal

(8/10) Wovenwar got on my personal radar when they opened for In Flames on their 2014 tour. That was almost to the point two years ago and I can remember very well the power the guys unleashed. Their music electrified the audience in the 013 in Tilburg.

24 months later the guys from San Diego are back with their sophomore record named “Honor is Dead”. The band that rose from the ashes of As I Lay Dying continues their energetic metalcore endeavor with eleven new songs.

This longplayer begins with the mighty grooving "Confession". This song is a good choice for kicking off this album. It's hard, it's fast, it's grooving and it has a melodic chorus that perfectly fits to Wovenwar's wider approach. "Censorship" is the next strike that adds an additional level of brutality before the title track pays more attention to a melodic expression. This doesn't mean that "Honor is Dead" became a catchy song. It's still loaded with razorbalde-sharp riffs and raw power the Wovenwar-way.

In general I must say that "Honor of Dead" carries on what the band started with their debut. The mixture of the three 'm', melody, metal and metalcore, is exciting enough to open doors to a wider group of metal fans. Wovenwar unites these styles to a unique sound without making too many compromisses.

Even songs like the silent "Compass" add something to the bigger picture. Next to the fact that Wovenwar added a lot of emotion and lifeblood to this tune it still represents the band in a good way. It's actually a well placed moment on this energetic album that allows the listener to take a deep breath before the seong half demands again a lot. There's another moment though that takes things from a more relaxed point of view. "Silhouette" follows the same pattern as "Compass", showing the gentle side of Wovenwar. 

Wovenwar's "Honor is Dead" comes without any filler. This longplayer is the bands next step, an album that will strengthen their position in melodic metalcore. This album is modern, dynamic and powerful - simply good stuff for your ears.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Confession
  2. Censorship
  3. Honor is Dead
  4. Lines in the Sand
  5. World on Fire
  6. Compass
  7. Stones Thrown
  8. Cascade
  9. Silhouette
  10. Bloodletter
  11. 130

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Release Date EU: October 21st, 2016

CD review WOVENWAR "Honor is Dead"
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Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in In Flames, While She Sleeps, Wovenwar, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live Review, News

It seemed that everybody was going towards Tilburg that night - at least looking on the traffic situation it felt like that. Could be also based on the fact that there have been bigger problems with the trains to Tilburg. So it wasn't easy to get there, but it was worth to take the effort. 

The evening started with While She Sleeps. The band from the UK has so far an EP and a full-length record in their backpack. The highlights of those releases are reflected in the setlist.

The melodic metalcore from the band was the perfect start into the evening. And eventhough they might not have that many releases the guys can look back on a long history of shows and tours. And the energy the guys spread during their show I have to say - amazing. What convinced was the unleashed power and dynamic the band spread during their 30 minutes gig. While She Sleeps offered an excellent metalic apperitif.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for Wovenwar to start their show. After an appreciated short break the guys entered the stage and started directly with "Foreword" and "All rise" from their self-titled debut album. Wovenwar, basically the former members of As I Lay Dying with a new singer, has put down a really good show. It goes almost without saying that the guys from San Diego, California purely focussed on their debut album. In case fans have expected some As I Lay Dying songs they have been disappointed. I personally prefer the Wovenwar material anyhow much more, since it has a bigger melodic compentent without losing the heavy riffs. Shane Blay (v) is really singing and not shouting. And he does a damn good job. Combined with the three guitars and a massive rhythm section the band Wovenwar has quite some potential for rwaching a bigger audience. Shows as support for In Flames will help them for sure.

Wovenwar did a good job and added a good starter to the metal menue.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for the main course - In Flames. The guys from Gothenburg have a new album in their offer and the band was eager to present the new material live.

In the end six new songs found their spot on the setlist. In Flames focussed on the more heavy stuff from "Siren's charm" like "Everything is gone", but also didn't forget about the more quite stuff like "Through oblibion" and "Eyes wide open". I like those songs a lot since they transport pure emotions and they have great melody lines. It was a good mix between hard and more melodic when it comes to the new material.

For the rest the setlist covered almost all periods of the band. The emphasis was on the tracks from 2000 onwards. But with "Resin" and "Only for the weak" also some old stuff was played live that evening in Tilburg. 

The setlist didn't leave any wish unfulfilled that night since also the 'hits' "Where the dead ships dwell" and "Cloud connected" have been smashed into the dedicated audience. And the fans rewarded with going crazy.

Next to music the show itself was also very entertaining. An important factor is the light. In Flames seems to have a special passion for a good light show that supports the music. Also this time they did a fantastic job since the created visual atmosphere was a highlight that rounded off a complete In Flames live package.

But also the five guys have been very active. Always in motion, great stage acting and always in contact with the fans. That is what I expect from a metal band and In Flames delivered that - again. 

A remarkable moment was when Anders asked one of the fans who was obviously filming a lot with his mobile to come on stage and film from there during the next song. All of a sudden he was part of the scene and I think that he earliest realized afterwards what happened. Actually he should post the video on YouTube, but I haven't seen anything yet. Hopefully he wasn't too nervious and didn't delete everything ;) (If one of you finds the video, please post it in the comments.)

In Flames are for me still one of my favorite bands, regardless if they play more melodic death metal or modern metal. Both has (had) there moment in time and both can be performed by the band in an excellent way.

Conculsion: Great bands, great shows, pure metal = great evening

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Setlist In Flames

  1. In plain view (new)
  2. Everything's gone (new)
  3. Fear is the weakness (Sounds a ...)
  4. Trigger (Reroute to remain)
  5. Resin (Colony)
  6. Where the dead ships dwell (Sounds a ...)
  7. With eyes wide open (new)
  8. Paralyzed (new)
  9. Through oblivion (new)
  10. Ropes (Sounds a ...)
  11. Delight and angers (A sense of purpose)
  12. Cloud connected (Reroute to remain)
  13. Only for the weak (Clayman)
  14. The chosen pessimist (A sense of purpose)
  15. The quiet place (Soundtrack to your escape)
  16. Rusted nail (new)
  17. The mirror's truth (A sense of purpose)
  18. Deliver us (Sounds a ...)
  19. Take this life (Come clarity)

 

Setlist Wovenwar

  1. Foreward
  2. All rise
  3. Death to rights
  4. The mason
  5. Tempest
  6. Profane
  7. Matter of time
  8. Prophets
  9. Onward

 

Setlist While She Sleeps

  1. Death toll
  2. Dead behind the eyes
  3. This is the six
  4. Crows
  5. False freedom
  6. Our courage, our cancer
  7. Seven hills

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherland

Date: 20.10.2014

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
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1st video from WOVENWAR

Veröffentlicht am 20. August 2014 von Markus W. in Wovenwar, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, News, Video, In Flames

Here comes Wovenwar's first video release. The chosen song is called "All rise" and is from the debut "Wovenwar". Enjoy.

The band is also confirmed as support for Swedish metal icons In Flames. Here are the dates:

7/09/14 PL - Krakow - Studio Club
28/09/14 HU - Budapest - Barba Negra
29/09/14 CZ - Prague - The Roxy
30/09/14 DE - Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
01/10/14 LU - Esch-sur-Alzette - Rockhall
02/10/14 IT - Milano - Live Club
03/10/14 CH - Zürich - Komplex
04/10/14 CH - Lausanne - Les Docks
05/10/14 IT - Trezzo Sull'Adda - Live Club
07/10/14 ES - Madrid - LA Rivierea
08/10/14 ES - Barcelona - Sala Razzamatazz
09/10/14 ES - Zaragoza - Zaragoza
10/10/14 FR - Cenon - Le Rocher de Palmer
11/10/14 FR - Clermont-Ferrand - La Cooperative De Mai
12/10/14 FR - Paris - Le Bataclan
14/10/14 FR - Strasbourg - La Laiterie
15/10/14 BE - Brussels - AB H all
16/10/14 UK - Manchester - The Ritz
17/10/14 UK - Glasgow - 02 ABC
18/10/14 UK - London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
20/10/14 NL - Tilburg - 013
24/10/14 DE - Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle
25/10/14 DE - Kempten - Bix Box
26/10/14 DE - Leipzig - Haus Auensee
27/10/14 AT - Wien - Gasometer
29/10/14 DE - Berlin - Columbiahalle
30/10/14 DE - Ludwigsburg - Arena
31/10/14 DE - Köln - Palladium
01/11/14 DE - Bochum - Ruhr Congress
02/11/14 DK - Copenhagen - Store Vega
04/11/14 FI - Helsinki - Helsingin Jäähalli
06/11/14 SE - Stockholm - Hovet
07/11/14 NO - Oslo - Spektrum Arena Ans
08/11/14 SE - Gothenburg - Scandinavium

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CD review WOVENWAR "Wovenwar"

Veröffentlicht am 6. August 2014 von Markus W. in Wovenwar, As I Lay Dying, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, CD Review, News

(8/10) Even a bad situation can have something positive - as long as you don't give up. This could be the overall header for the debut album from Wovenwar.

The band isn't a new one since it is basically As I Lay Dying with a new singer. I will not go deeper into the issue about singer Tim Lambesis who was arrested and will be in jail for 6 years. But this situation brought the quite successful band into heavy seas. From more or less one day to another the band was standing there without singer and under shock based on Lambesi's situation.

In such a phase of a bands life you either give up or you try to make the best out of it. The members of As I Lay Dying decided to go for the second option. And I must say that they did it pretty smart. Instead of continuing under the label of As I Lay Dying the band took the decision to sail under the flag of Wovenwar into the glorious future.

But will it be a good future? In my point of view I must say 'yes'. A not unimportant part in this is the new singer Shane Blay. It was actually guitarist Nick Hipa who brought the guy into the band and there was an immediate click between the band and him. Blay keeps the vocals more melodic. He is singing and screams aren't part of the sound of Wovenwar. This makes the entire sound more melodic and approachable. I would describe the sound as Modern Metal. I like this development and appreciate the new sound expression. I assume that Wovenwar might loose some old As I lay Dying fans, but that they will also enlarge their fanbase by gaining new supporters.

The songs are diverse. There are hard rockers on the album like "Death to rights" and "Ruined ends" - both with a heavy riffing and great guitar sound. The are the hard, but more melodic tracks like "Moving up" and there is also a ballad on the album. This is new territory and I don't know if it was needed. But I have to admit that "Father son" doesn't sound too bad.

If you expect some metalcore Wovenwar isn't the band you should go for. But if you're looking for a modern metal sound with a great singer you should give this album a chance. I like the album.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Foreword
  2. All rise
  3. Death to rights
  4. Tempest
  5. The mason
  6. Moving up
  7. Sight of shore
  8. Father son
  9. Profane
  10. Archers
  11. Ruined ends
  12. Identity
  13. Matter of time
  14. Propohets
  15. Onward

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Modern Metal

CD review WOVENWAR "Wovenwar"
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