15 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rising from the ashes of the As I Lay Dying’s tragic demise, Wovenwar veers away from metalcore’s harsher side towards a more melodic approach that favors clean vocals and thoughtfully spiritual lyrics. Ex-Oh, Sleeper singer Shane Blay displays a moody gravitas on the band’s self-titled debut, ably supported by the heavy yet dexterous fretwork of Phil Sgrosso and Nike Hipa. The album moves from the darkly seething “Foreward” into the ferociously propulsive “All Rise” before soaring into the balladry of “Tempest.” Abrasive outbursts (“The Mason”), atmospheric pieces (“Father/Son”) and grandly orchestrated numbers (“Onward”) speak to the group’s collective ambition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rising from the ashes of the As I Lay Dying’s tragic demise, Wovenwar veers away from metalcore’s harsher side towards a more melodic approach that favors clean vocals and thoughtfully spiritual lyrics. Ex-Oh, Sleeper singer Shane Blay displays a moody gravitas on the band’s self-titled debut, ably supported by the heavy yet dexterous fretwork of Phil Sgrosso and Nike Hipa. The album moves from the darkly seething “Foreward” into the ferociously propulsive “All Rise” before soaring into the balladry of “Tempest.” Abrasive outbursts (“The Mason”), atmospheric pieces (“Father/Son”) and grandly orchestrated numbers (“Onward”) speak to the group’s collective ambition.

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