Wovenhand
Refractory Obdurate


4.0
excellent

Review

by NoSons USER (20 Reviews)
June 14th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Melodically engrained in your head.

There is something admirable about the Deathwish Inc. lineup. Consistently the record company has released the heaviest and more energy driven music since its inception back in 1999. Their catalog of releases sports hardcore, death metal, in fact it supports anything heavy with a meaning. The bands always have a lot of art to put out as well. Self Defense Family just released an album this past January, and the music was shocking, especially being lead by the interview with porn star Angelique Bernstein. Cult Leader just released a stunning 6 song album that spews heavy, dark riffs by members from previous Gaza. Last year saw Modern Life Is War, Touche Amore, and Deafheaven all put out fantastic releases, earning their ways onto many end of the year lists.

As I stated, Deathwish has always brought art into their heavy music, and the addition of Wovenhand is just another fine example. The band does not scream their way into your brain, but their unique post-punk/folk/alternative country grooves are enough to spark an interest for many fans. The band is an experimental group from Denver, Colorado. April 29th marks the release date of their brand new album, Refractory Obdurate. Frontman Eugene Edwards brings an interesting mix by the way he approaches the microphone. His voice is dark, tranquil and reminiscent of gospel singers. That is because he is a devoutly religious man with a purpose. Outspoken is a word that does not describe his delivery, rather he is humble and serene. He writes with a lot of symbolism, almost to the point where hyperbole is needed to even grasp the true intent. Even the way Edwards bends his voice between pitches is noteworthy.

His vocals are not even the full grit of the music. The music feels old, sounds old, and even uses out of the ordinary instruments for a 'metal' album. Banjos, slide guitars, percussion instruments and 50s crunchy sounding guitars make their own stand on the album. Closing track 'El-bow' has a vibe of an old time camp fire song that the most notorious outlaw would stop to appreciate. 'Good Shepard' almost features what in modern terms would be defined as a breakdown as the guitars rage about on an open chord, pounding, pounding, and pounding with a great lead that gets ingrained in your head. 'The Refractory' is a dark country song mastering loud and quiet dynamics perfectly. Like a mix of gothic folk songs? Check out 'Hiss' which features bright, full sounding chords backed by a constant chug rhythm helped along by the rolling drums. When the various instruments come together to form the root theme of 'Masonic Youth,' it is a driving melody of sound that drives you to hum along as Edwards soars above with a strong vocal performance. The song explodes towards the end as the drums gallop forward, crafting a harmonious riot.

Take a listen to the opening track 'Corsicana Clip' and be pressured into wanting to hear more. The pressure isn't the kind you would feel from your friends trying to give you that last shot, but instead that awkward unknown of what is going to happen as you walk towards that first bonfire with a group of people you mostly don't know. Gather around, warm up, and embrace the emotional 43 minute album, Refractory Obdurate.



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Underflow
June 14th 2014


2565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see a review for this! This is best Wovenhand album since Mosaic.

JesusMilosovic
June 14th 2014


372 Comments


http://www.musicinrihab.com/2014/04/wovenhand-refractory-obdurate.html?m=1

And i hate to tell you this, but it might be plagiarized.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2014


16026 Comments


It is the same person who wrote the blog.

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Diamondize
June 14th 2014


1367 Comments


heard about a third of this really cool stuff gotta spin it in it's entirety at some point

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Butkuiss
June 14th 2014


4199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The second half of the review is okay but the first half concentrates way too much on other bands signed to Deathwish, and calling Wovenhand a 'metal' group signals a complete misunderstanding and unfamiliarity with not only this album, but all of DEE's prior work.

Album is their best since Mosaic though, and that's saying something. DEE never fails to disappoint.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
June 15th 2014


16026 Comments


Nothing I've ever heard of Eugenes stuff as Wovenhand comes close to Blush Music or the debut for me, maybe I should give this another try though

Butkuiss
June 15th 2014


4199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Blush Music is far and away the most emotionally intense and expansive thing he's ever done, but I still rank Consider the Birds and Mosaic as better than the debut. This is about on par with the debut imho.

Funeralopolis
June 17th 2014


11413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great band, another good album

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TheBarber
July 5th 2014


1963 Comments


Used to jam a lot of Mosaic and CTB, time to renew with this band. Also opener is killer

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Underflow
July 7th 2014


2565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so, so good.

North0House2
July 12th 2014


5857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Got this in the mail today. Can't wait to jam this in my truck on some long late-summer roadtrips. DEE is far and away my favorite musician, makes me proud to be a Coloradan.

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Butkuiss
July 27th 2014


4199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is still so good omg

SourAK
August 14th 2014


1630 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agreed

DominionMM1
August 14th 2014


9993 Comments


only heard blush music. will check this out in the near future.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2014


16026 Comments


Blush Music is incredible, still haven't heard this but i think he moved away a bit from that really bleak sound of the first 2 albums. some of that old 16 Horsepower stuff he did was brilliant too.

laughingman22
August 14th 2014


1727 Comments


need to check this out badly

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bnelso55
August 14th 2014


168 Comments


Still need to check this out. DEE is brilliant.

Butkuiss
August 15th 2014


4199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is pretty bleak actually. Probably his bleakest post-CtB work.



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