Genre: experimental epic metal
St. Joseph, MO
Dark metal guitars, haunting synths,
processed vocals, and lo-fi recording conditions collide on this
muddled EP by Saint Joseph, Missouri's premiere two-man experimental
metal band, Woven. This CDR comes replete with three
extensive compositions, each one offering some
good elements but more than a few head-scratchers.
“Monument,” its eleven minute opener, kicks
matters in lengthy fashion. Starting
with a duo of synths and clean guitar strokes, it almost sounds like
the score to an RPG --
that is, before it drops into murky black metal griminess.
It's an interesting track stylistically, it's
also very disorganized, and the transitions from idea to idea
are in want of some serious polish. These
folks deserve accolades for their effort, but the delivery simply
isn't there. Meanwhile, “Albatross”
basically samples (nabs) the entirety of
Clint Mansell's score for “Requiem for a Dream,” laying over
death metal guitars and grisly vocal noise. It isn't a bad listen
when Mansell and the accompaniment are in sync, though it certainly
reinvents the limits of “fair use” from a sampling perspective.
Fortunately, the last track, “Advance,”
sees the duo at their best. Scorching metal guitars and garbled
noise vocals provide an astutely pulverizing listen, though over
eight minutes the formula becomes somewhat tedious, and certain
question marks remain about periodic audio clipping and a goofy
conclusion which garners sparse chuckles
but significant annoyance. All together, while Woven is a pretty
nifty name for an experimental black metal band, this EP is too
scattered and rough around the edges to be enjoyed.
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