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An album that you just can't help but find entertaining.

Wovenwar is the new full time project for the members of As I Lay Dying - guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso, bassist Josh Gilbert and drummer Jordan Mancino – who have partnered up with vocalist and guitarist Shane Blay from Oh Sleeper. The band made the decision to carry on working together after the initial arrest of front-man of AILD Tim Lambesis and thought best to keep the legacy of AILD intact and start something fresh and new - during this unfortunate time the band have been very busy in the studio and the outcome is their new debut self-titled album.

It starts with the unusual 'Foreword', a short one and half minute piece that is very atmospheric through classic piano and other keyboard effects. Vocals are embedded deep within as six string comes in. It is unexpected and seems to throw the listener off balance – a great deploy as guitar penetrates the ear drum at a vast speed with the first main track 'All Rise'; first impressions are they have taken a more melodic and simply structured approach.

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An American style of Heavy Metal seems to be the AIDL members line of attack, this record is heavily guitar led stirring any solo enthusiast. They keep a slight Extreme Metal essence through blast beats and extreme down-tune rhythm sections as evident in 'Death To Rights'. 'Prophets' is the stand out in a crowd of many - vocally powerful and musically grand, it's a shame it appears last (with the exception of an outro).

There are a lot of similarities between each track that give it predictability, making no real eruption either half way through the album or within any track. This is not necessarily a negative note as every song hooks you right in and the musicianship that they are known for is still captured throughout. Wovenwar's debut album is highly engaging and seems to hit the spot on the "Guilty Pleasure" list; it is an album that you just can't help but find entertaining.

Lara Kisel

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