(Metal Blade Records)
Release Date: August 5th 2014
The members of Wovenwar have a little over 300 years of recording experience between them and boy does it show in the recording.
Originally medieval lutists, these men have travelled through time to bring us unparalleled musicianship.
Every note hit, played or sung is the perfect choice. Every stop, start and tempo change happens so accurately science has had to invent new ways of measuring time.
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Every chorus has a hook, every line a message, every chant a reason to be there. Each song has been created using a modern scientific formula that unleashes the Metal directly from each of their android brains.
The real back story of these guys is almost more interesting than time travelling lutists.
The metaphor I employed was all about representing the vibe of this adult oriented Metal album. The reality is that the surviving members of As I Lay Dying, forced to make a break from their jailed former singer, (and cynically born again Christian), recruited the immense talent of Shane Blay on vocals and set about carving themselves a new future.
As you may have guessed from the preamble, this album is clinical in its recording and composition. I can say with all honesty that I have never heard an album that can be more completely recommended or damned on the listen of a single YouTube offering.
The album has 15 tracks, the highlights of which are the infectious intro to 'Sight of Shore' and the opening riff to 'Identity' which is by far the most inspired moment of the album.
These are sure to be a great live act and seem to have the backing that should see them appearing around the world. What better reason to buy an album, go give yourself something new to sing along with.