Honor is Dead
Release Date: October 21, 2016
If you missed out a couple of years ago, the basics are that Wovenwar was formed from the ashes of As I Lay Dying. The band enlisted singer Shane Blay of Oh Sleeper and released their debut album in 2014. They return with their sophomore effort, Honor is Dead, and find their feet a bit more boasting a sound that distances itself a even more from their former moniker.
The biggest difference between the band’s debut and Honor is Dead, in my opinion, is Blay’s performance. I’ve never been a huge fan of his vocals but he really steps it up here with a much more dynamic performance that proves he’s more than just a one trick pony. The title track is easily the best example of this as he knocks it out of the park by leading the charging song right into the middle of the masses. His vocals soar and it helps elevate the song in both energy and emotion.
“Censorship” is an excellent example of what this album achieves during it’s best moments. It’s heavy and melodic and aggressive but it also boasts a big, hooky chorus that suckers me in every single time. “World On Fire” is another excellent moment, full of emotional pleas regarding the craziness that we are allowing to happen in our world. Lyrically, this is probably my favorite moment on the album as well. “Bloodletter” is another dynamic song that leans towards the more emotional side of heavy music providing ample evidence that this is what the band is best at.
Overall, I enjoy this album but it’s the kind of album that leaves me skipping to my favorite tracks after a couple of spins. I love how melodic it is and, as I mentioned before, Blay’s vocals are outstanding but a lot of the songs blend together because of their similar structures. This is a marked improvement over the band’s debut and a great step towards what they are becoming but they are certainly still evolving.
Reviewed by mark1340