Wovenwar - Honor Is Dead
Label: Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Mohhammed Bilal Al Lahham - 2016-10-19
Highlights: Confession, Lines In The Sand, World On Fire
Ever since the surprise departure of the band members from As I Lay Dying, after their vocalist was convicted guilty of arranging a meeting with a hitman, who happens to be an undercover cop, to take out his ex wife, the guys made contact with OH, Sleeper Vocalist Shane Blay to form a totally different band, with no similarities to their former band.
Woven war surprised us all with a very very fine debut album, with a melodic, anthem like, and heavy metalcore type of songs.
the guys return with their second album , Honor Is Dead, to carry on the mantle from the first album, with more melodies, more anthem like material and super heavy songs to make the listener take more than one spin on this album.
To be honest, the second album did live to my expectations but it did not surpass my love to their first album, which was once again, a very very fine album.
The album starts in a very strong track called Confession which could easily be one of their finest tracks on this album.
There are some weak songs on the album, not bad, just weak such as cencorship and the title track, Honor is dead.
But there are some strong strong tracks here, such as : Lines in the sand, and world on fire, which are actually and unsurprisingly really catchy and would be completely fun to watch live and chant the words with Shane Blay and the gang.
The first ballad like song to be ever written by the guys is compass, which is a calm, quiet, slow song, which shows the vocal abilities of Shane, and how fantastic and strong he can go with his performance.
Stones Thrown gets The band to Djent hard, Guitarist Nick fantastically use the Palm muted technique and combine it with his signature melodic chops, to create something heavy, and melodic and extremely catchy.
In the end, the album is a great step forward for the band, and the album is very fun to hear, and even more fun to watch live.