As I Lay Dying Debuts ”Blinded’ Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

As I Lay Dying debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Blinded‘ Friday.  Directed by Frankie Nasso, the video features the band performing its new single before a packed crowd in what is meant to reflect the band in a live setting.

AILD Front man Tim Lambesis talked about the video’s creation in a recent interview.

“We had an incredible experience working with Frankie Nasso, who chose to direct the video for ‘Blinded’ based largely on his personal passion for the band,” he said.  “Additionally, there was incredible energy from fans who showed up for the shoot, which made it an unforgettable experience.”

The musical arrangement at the base of ‘Blinded’ presents elements of many of its past compositions while its lyrical content presents a seemingly introspective statement in which front man Tim Lambesis addresses his past actions and trying to move past what he has done.

‘Blinded’ is the fourth single (and video) to come from As I Lay Dying’s forthcoming seventh full-length studio recording Shaped By Fire. The album has also produced the singles (and videos for) ‘Redefined,’ ‘My Own Grave‘ and ‘Shaped By Fire.’  The album is scheduled for release Sept. 20 through Nuclear Blast Records.

The album’s full track listing is noted below.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

Pre-orders are open now for Shaped By Fire.  The record will be available on CD and vinyl. Its vinyl pressing details are noted below

Shaped By Fire is available in the following formats:

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

  • CD Digipak
  • Vinyl
    • Beer W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 2000)
    • Bone W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 500)
    • Red W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Orange / Black Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Black Vinyl
    • Clear Vinyl (Limited to 300)
  • T-shirt Bundle (Includes CD digipak & t-shirt available in sizes: S-XXL)

As I Lay Dying is in the midst of the Latin and European leg of its tour in support of Shaped By Fire.  The band will return to North America to continue promoting the album beginning Nov. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  The tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 15 in Los Angeles, CA and features stops in cities, such as Charlotte, NC; Denver, CO and Portland, OR.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Confirmed dates for the Shaped By Fire U.S. tour with AFTER THE BURIAL and EMMURE
11/15/2019  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/16/2019  Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren — TICKETS
11/18/2019  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/19/2019  Houston, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/21/2019  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/22/2019  Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre — TICKETS
11/23/2019  Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte — TICKETS
11/24/2019  Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall — TICKETS
11/25/2019  Boston, MA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/26/2019  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts — TICKETS
11/27/2019  Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre — TICKETS
11/29/2019  Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — TICKETS
11/30/2019  Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom — TICKETS
12/01/2019  Reading, PA @ Reverb — TICKETS
12/02/2019  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/03/2019  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/04/2019  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater — TICKETS
12/06/2019  Denver, CO @ Summit — TICKETS
12/07/2019  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex — TICKETS
12/09/2019  Seattle, WA @ El Corazón — TICKETS
12/10/2019  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom — TICKETS
12/11/2019  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades — TICKETS
12/12/2019  Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater — TICKETS
12/13/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*
12/14/2019  San Diego, CA @ SOMA — TICKETS
12/15/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*

More information on As I Lay Dying’s upcoming tour dates, its new video, album and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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As I Lay Dying Signs New Record Deal; Announces Album Title, Release Date; Debuts New Video

Courtesy: Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records added another band to its artist roster this week.

The company added As I Lay Dying to its roster, according to a news release sent by the company.  The document states the band — in its original lineup — will release its new album Shaped By Fire Sept. 20 through the label.

The album will be available on CD, vinyl and exclusive bundle with T-shirt.  The full details on each platform’s release is noted below.  Pre-orders are open now.

 Shaped By Fire is available in the following formats:

  • CD Digipak
  • Vinyl
    • Beer W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 2000)
    • Bone W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 500)
    • Red W/ Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Orange / Black Swirl Vinyl (Limited to 250)
    • Black Vinyl
    • Clear Vinyl (Limited to 300)
  • T-shirt Bundle (Includes CD digipak & t-shirt available in sizes: S-XXL)

The band released a collective statement about signing to the label.

“We are honored to join forces with Nuclear Blast Records in releasing our new album Shaped By Fire,” the statement read.  “Their legacy and contribution to the heavy music scene in undeniably incredible and we are proud to call their label home.  We are thankful for their support and enthusiasm, and together we look forward to sharing the best AILD record yet!”

The band added, “We are tremendously grateful to have found positive resolve from the worst moments of our history.  The previous chapter of our journey was one of pervasive hurt and pain.  Subsequent years found us on varied paths — all of which led toward resolutions of growth, healing and reconciliation.  As I Lay Dying’s collective purpose is to share a message of hope for everyone through the empowering outlet of music, and we are humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from family, friends and fans so far.”

In anticipation of the album’s release, the band debuted the video for the album’s title track/lead single Friday.  The video crosses footage of the band performing its new single with a man covered in burns crawling on the ground of the set as burning embers fly through the air above him.

The band talked about the video’s treatment and the song’s musical arrangement in a separate statement.

“While lyrically akin to the other Shaped By Fire single releases ‘My Own Grave‘ and ‘Redefined,’ we explored some different musical territory to incorporate within our established sound.  We’d like to thank our director Mathias Arnell, all of the crew and actors that contributed to making this video with us under the very hot conditions.”

The full track listing for Shaped By Fire is noted below.

Shaped By Fire Track Listing:

  1. Burn To Emerge
  2. Blinded
  3. Shaped By Fire
  4. Undertow
  5. Torn Between
  6. Gatekeeper
  7. The Wreckage
  8. My Own Grave
  9. Take What’s Left
  10. Redefined
  11. Only After We’ve Fallen
  12. The Toll It Takes

As I Lay Dying will tour this summer, fall and winter in support of Shaped By Fire.  The band’s tour, which is scheduled to launch Sept. 87 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, features dates overseas and across North America.

The South American and European legs of the tour are scheduled to run through Oct. 19 in Cologne, Germany.  After that leg ends, the band will take some time to rest and recharge before launching the North American leg of the tour Nov. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  That leg of the tour is scheduled to run through Dec. 15 in Los Angeles, CA.

The band’s full tour schedule is noted below.

Worldwide Dates:
09/07/2019  Sao Paolo, BRA @ Butanta Tropical — TICKETS
09/08/2019  Rio De Janiero, BRA @ Circo Voador — TICKETS
09/10/2019  Buenos Aires, ARG @ El Teatrito — TICKETS
09/12/2019  Santiago, CHI @ Blondie — TICKETS
09/14/2019  Mexico City, MEX @ Plaza Condesa — TICKETS
09/15/2019  Bogota, COL @ Auditorio Lumiere — TICKETS
09/24/2019  St.Petersburg, RU @ Cosmonav — TICKETS
09/25/2019  Moscow, RU @ Glavclub — TICKETS

w/ CHELSEA GRIN, UNEARTH, and FIT FOR A KING:
09/27/2019  Leipzig, DE @ Haus Auensee — TICKETS
09/28/2019  Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle — TICKETS
09/30/2019  Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller — TICKETS
10/01/2019  Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Klubben — TICKETS
10/02/2019  Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio — TICKETS
10/03/2019  Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle — TICKETS
10/04/2019  Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin — TICKETS
10/05/2019  Munich, DE @ Zenith — TICKETS
10/06/2019  Vienna, AT @ Gasometer — TICKETS
10/07/2019  Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra — TICKETS
10/09/2019  Milan, IT @ Magazzini Generali — TICKETS
10/10/2019  Zurich, CH @ Volkshaus — TICKETS
10/11/2019  Grenoble, FR @ La Belle Electrique — TICKETS
10/12/2019  Barcelona, ES @ Apolo — TICKETS
10/13/2019  Madrid, ES @ La Riviera — TICKETS
10/15/2019  Paris, FR @ Bataclan — TICKETS
10/16/2019  Brussels, BE @ AB — TICKETS
10/17/2019  Tilburg, NL @ 013 — TICKETS
10/18/2019  Saarbrücken, DE @ E-Werk — TICKETS
10/19/2019  Cologne, DE @ Palladium — TICKETS

Confirmed dates for the Shaped By Fire U.S. tour with AFTER THE BURIAL and EMMURE
11/15/2019  Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/16/2019  Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren — TICKETS
11/18/2019  Dallas, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/19/2019  Houston, TX @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/21/2019  New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/22/2019  Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre — TICKETS
11/23/2019  Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte — TICKETS
11/24/2019  Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall — TICKETS
11/25/2019  Boston, MA @ House of Blues — TICKETS
11/26/2019  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts — TICKETS
11/27/2019  Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre — TICKETS
11/29/2019  Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — TICKETS
11/30/2019  Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom — TICKETS
12/01/2019  Reading, PA @ Reverb — TICKETS
12/02/2019  Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/03/2019  Chicago, IL @ House of Blues — TICKETS
12/04/2019  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater — TICKETS
12/06/2019  Denver, CO @ Summit — TICKETS
12/07/2019  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex — TICKETS
12/09/2019  Seattle, WA @ El Corazón — TICKETS
12/10/2019  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom — TICKETS
12/11/2019  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades — TICKETS
12/12/2019  Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater — TICKETS
12/13/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater *SOLD OUT*
12/14/2019  San Diego, CA @ SOMA — TICKETS
12/15/2019  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater — TICKETS

More information on As I Lay Dying’s upcoming live dates, album, videos and more is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.asilaydying.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Reality Grey Take Listeners Into ‘The Void’ As It Prepares Its Next Album

Independent metalcore act Reality Grey is getting audiences excited about its next album with the video for the as-yet-untitled album’s latest single.

The band this week the Italian rock act unveiled the video for the single ‘The Void.’  Musically, the song exhibits influences of As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and other similar metalcore acts.  Guitarist Anto Addabbo explained in a recent interview that the song’s lyrical theme centers on personal growth throughout life.

“‘The Void’ is one of the album’s songs that we feel more emotionally attached to both musically and visually,” Addabbo said.  “It is about the struggle of finding ourselves in the different phases of our life.  We all have been there, and it’s a song that most of the people can easily relate to.”

Audiences can get the song’s full lyrics online via the band’s official bandcamp page.

Reality Grey The Void Vid Grab

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

‘The Void.’ is available for purchase via the band’s website now.  It is the second single to be released so far from the band’s next as-yet-untitled album.  The band unveiled the album’s lead single ‘Daybreakers‘ and its video late last year.

More information on Reality Grey’s latest single and upcoming album is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://realitygrey.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RealityGreyOfficial

 

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As I Lay Dying Albums Get Vinyl Re-Issue Treatment

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

As I Lay Dying is back…sort of.

Almost a year after the band’s former front man Tim Lambesis was released from prison for a conviction in a murder-for-hire plot in which he allegedly tried to have his wife killed, two of the band’s albums are getting the vinyl re-issue treatment.

Metal Blade Records announced Thursday that the band’s 2003 record Frail Words Collapse and its followup, 2005’s Shadows Are Security will be re-issued on vinyl Jan. 26.  Pre-orders for both albums are open now, and both will be available in limited quantities.

The specs for each album’s re-issue are noted below.

Frail Words Collapse LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/brown opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–butter cream marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–orange/brown with black swirls vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–golden vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–cream/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Shadows Are Security LP re-issue
–180g black vinyl
–yellow/blue opaque split vinyl (limited to 1000 copies – USA exclusive)
–opaque teal marble vinyl (limited to 500 copies – USA exclusive)
–yellow with orange spots vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–blue/black transparent marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear ice-blue/orange and yellow splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)

Lambesis allegedly started working recently on new music for a new As I Lay Dying record with a new group of musicians according to various media reports. AILD ex-guitarist Nick Hipa did not entirely write-off a reunion in a recent interview on Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta’s radio program The Jasta Show, but did not say a reunion of the original lineup definitely would happen, either.

More information on As I Lay Dying is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asilaydying

Twitter: http://twitter.com/asilaydyingband

 

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Wovenwar Announces New Album Title, Release Date; Tour To Launch Next Month

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will release its sophomore album this fall.

The band today announced the details for its upcoming sophomore album Honor is Dead.  The album will be released Friday October 21st via Metal Blade Records.  In anticipation of the album’s release the band is currently streaming a video for the album’s lead single ‘Censorship’ online here.

The album is currently available now for pre-order in a number of bundle packs including: CD, Limited Edition CD/DVD (only 5000 copies available in Europe), Box set (limited to only 600 copies), 180 gram black vinyl, steel-grey marble vinyl (limited to 300 copies), clear/black marble vinyl (EMP exclusive – limited to only 200 copies), exclusive t-shirt bundle and digital pre-order bundles.  The full track listing for Honor is Dead is noted below.

Honor Is Dead track-listing
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

Along with the new video, the band has announced a tour in support of Honor Is Dead that will launch October 14th in Providence, Rhode Island. The tour currently runs through November 16th and includes performances in Denver, Colorado, Carrboro, North Carolina and a number of other cities.  The current schedule for the tour is noted below.

Wovenwar tour dates
w/ Soilwork, Unearth, Battlecross, Darkness Divided

Oct. 14 – Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
Oct. 15 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
Oct. 16 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakes
Oct. 17 – Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
Oct. 20 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Rail Club
Oct. 21 – San Leon, TX – 18th Street
Oct. 22 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room
Oct. 24 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
Oct. 26 – Pomona, CA – Glass House
Oct. 27 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
Oct. 29 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 30 – Spokane, WA – The Pin
Nov. 1 – Jerome, ID – Diamondz Event Center
Nov. 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro
Nov. 3 – Denver, CO – The Summit
Nov. 5 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
Nov. 6 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall
Nov. 8 – Cudday, WI – The Metal Grill
Nov. 9 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z
Nov. 10 – Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
Nov. 11 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
Nov. 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
Nov. 13 – New York City, NY – Gramercy
Nov. 15 – Ottawa, ON – The Brass Monkey
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile

Honor Is Dead was recorded by each of the band’s members in separate different locations across the country–including California, Alabama, and Texas—instead of coming together in one studio together.  Guitarist Nick Hipa said recording the record in this fashion wasn’t easy but it ended up working for the band in the end.

“Recording separately across multiple states at different times with a mixing engineer bouncing between multiple countries made things very tricky,” Hipa said. “Luckily we’ve all made records before an everything ended up working out.”

More information on Wovenwar’s upcoming album, tour, and more is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WOVENWAR

 

 

 

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Wovenwar Begins Work On Sophomore Album

Courtesy  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy Metal Blade Records

Wovenwar will return.  And according to the band’s members, its return will come this year.

Officials with Metal Blade Records announced this week that Wovenwar has entered the studio to begin working on material for its sophomore album.  The band offered the following update on tis

“Recording for the second Wovenwar album is officially underway with the drum tracking being completed and the process moving into the guitar tracking phase.  Several months-worth of demos have been condensed into eleven new songs we are very proud of.  The process found us expanding upon our melodic sound with a darker and more aggressive approach – utilizing elements restrained on our debut but familiar to our cumulative history.  Nolly Getgood (Periphery) is onboard to handle mixing duties. We look forward to hearing how his versatile talents elevate our sound and direction.  We’re looking to have the recording process wrapped up in the next couple months and hope to have the album out sometime late summer/early fall.  Until then please keep up with us on all band socials for updates.”

The band originally features members of the now defunct metalcore band As I Lay Dying, which was also signed to Metal Blade Records.  The band released six albums in its time together, five of which were originally released via Metal Blade Records.  It also released a twelve-song compilation record titled Decas via Metal Blade in 2011.  The band eventually disbanded after frontman Tim Lambesis’ 2013 arrest on charges of plotting to have his wife murdered.  The band’s remaining members—Nick Hipa (guitar), Phil Sgrosso (guitar), Josh Gilbert (bass), and Jordan Mancino (drums) joined forces with Oh, Sleeper front man Shane Blay to form Wovenwar.  The band’s self-titled 2014 debut hit #36 on Billboard’s Top 200 New Albums Chart.  Audiences can preview the album now and even order it online via Wovenwar’s official Metal Blade Records page.  More information on Wovenwar is available online now along with all of the latest updates on the band’s new album, its latest news, and more at:

 

Website: http://www.wovenwar.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WOVENWAR

 

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Wovenwar’s Debut Record Puts AILD To Rest At Last

Courtesy:  Metal Blade Records

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

The self-titled debut record from Wovenwar is a triumphant return for the now former members of As I Lay Dying. The former band recently disbanded after the arrest of its front man Tim Lambesis for a murder-for-hire plot against his now ex-wife. The fallout from the band’s breakout and Lambesis’ arrest was far reaching for fans of AILD. Now thanks to the upcoming release of Wovenwar audiences will find that AILD is gone and from its ashes is a whole new band with a whole new sound. It is a band and sound that while unlike that of AILD is even better than that of that band. The sound on this record is one that promises a hopeful future ahead for Wovenwar. The melodic hard rock sound churned out right off the top in ‘All Rise’ is a clear indicator of this. The straight forward, driving energy of ‘The Mason’ makes for another wonderful addition to this record with its straight forward, driving energy. And or those hoping that the band that was AILD hadn’t lost its full on metal edge, ‘Matter of Time’ will assure them that they most definitely have not. These songs are but a few examples of what makes Wovenwar a welcome new birth for the members of AILD. And it is even more welcome for audiences that have waited with baited breath for this record.

When it was announced that the members of AILD had formed a new band and were hard at work on said band’s debut release, anticipation immediately built for that release. Both the band’s members and audiences alike needed a fresh start what with the black eye brought on by Tim Lambesis’ arrest. Right off the top of the album, the band lives up to all of that anticipation thanks to ‘All Rise.’ This melodic hard rock was the perfect way to open the album. Its pounding drums and shredding guitars are a bridge to what was once AILD while the more melodic vocal style of front man Shane Blay displays the band’s different direction. He sings in this song what may well be a reference to Lambesis’ arrest as he sings, “Who stands the storm and faces/The horrors that darkness breeds/Who will take the life they’re given/And cast light for all to see/Who stands the storm if not the brave/What’s built from cowards that we praise/Who stands the storm if not the brave.” It’s very possible that this could be in reference to comments made by Lambesis regarding his eventually changing views on faith that apparently led to his fate. That argument is made even stronger in the song’s opening verse as Blay sings in the song’s opening verse, “Oh You feel the hunter’s gaze/A shadow even in the dark of night/scheming your early grave/He’s going to leave you dead or dying/Draining all the blood he craves/You never thought you’d be meat for the market/What’d you expect when you sold your name?” One can’t help but wonder if this was directed at Lambesis’ ex-wife considering what is known about their relationship now. It would definitely be interesting to hear the story behind this one. Regardless it makes for a fitting introduction for Wovenwar on its debut album.

‘All Rise’ is a fitting opener for Wovenwar on its debut album. Just as impressive as an example of what audiences can expect from this album is the song ‘The Mason.’ The full on almost speed metal style sound combined with the song’s melodic metal sound makes it stylistically one of the album’s most intriguing moments. Blay shows in this song that he can do more than just sing, too as he screams and sings, “And I/I have caved in/Again but/I’m building from the wreckage.” It’s honestly nice to hear an album that is essentially a metalcore album without so much screaming and growling. Blay is a vocal powerhouse throughout the record. Audiences will agree as they listen to him make his way through the song’s chorus, singing, “We bend, we break, we’re forced to heal/The toll it takes in time revealed/The trial awakes and then creates or tears us down/We bend, we break, we learn to heal/Failings I claim for mason hands to shape/So strike away the grip of past mistakes.” He seems to be saying that things happen, but we have to learn to put the past behind us. As always, that is merely the interpretation of this one critic. It could very well be incorrect. Regardless of wrong or right, one must agree to the depth of these lyrics. That depth and the song’s straight forward, full throttle musical side together make it one more example of just how much Wovenwar has to offer audiences.

‘All Rise’ and ‘The Mason’ are both excellent examples of what audiences have to look forward to on Wovenwar’s upcoming self-titled debut record. They both exhibit both the band’s sound from its previous life as AILD while also exhibiting an obvious musical and lyrical growth at the same time. There is still at least one more example of that growth on the album’s penultimate piece, ‘A Matter of Time.’ This full-throttle piece presents almost a death metal style sound as Blay sings, “We fight to conceal this truth/But it’s all a matter of time/Time/The years wasted/Persuaded to smile/When it feels so wrong inside/How could we let ourselves/Continue this routine/The artificial beat/Of a heart that’s long since ceased.” One can’t help but wonder from what perspective this was written. It comes across as someone suffering from depression and what such person must feel. If that is indeed the case, then it could serve as a starting point for a discussion on such a topic that is all too often swept under the rug. As with the previously noted songs, it would be interesting to learn the story behind its creation. Regardless, it makes for one more great addition to an album that audiences will agree deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s best new hard rock and metal albums.

Wovenwar will be available Tuesday, August 5th in stores and online. While fans wait for the album to drop, they can hear these songs and more at all of the band’s current live dates including its show tonight at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee. Its current U.S. tour wraps up August 9th at the famed Roxy in Los Angeles, CA. After that, the band will take some time to rest up before kkicking off the European leg of its tour August 15th at the Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium. Audiences can see the band’s current tour itinerary and keep up with the latest news from the band online now at http://www.facebook.com/wovenwar, http://www.wovenwar.com and http://twitter.com/wovenwar. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.