8/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 April 2014
Not what I was expecting at all but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Wovenhand emerged out of 16 Horsepower who I remember straddling a woozy alt-country territory.
This, however, is a raucous affair, completely at odds with what I expected. That’ll teach me for being ignorant. Its a windswept blend of folk, punk and psych mixed together in a huge vat and whipped towards your ears. Opener ‘Corsicana Clip’ is great. It has the open moor folk sound of Wolf People married to an extremely strident vocal that sounds rather like Roky Erikson before it then heads off into a metal-inspired outro. ‘Masonic Youth’ begins with a folk inspired punk-ish riff rather like those in The Skids or Magazine. It might seem an odd comparison but I managed to stumble into seeing Cud play live last week and the vocals here are quite weirdly similar - sort of semi operatic crooning.
I do like the way these vocals contrast with the almost folk metal arrangements which sometimes recall Big Country especially on ‘Good Shepherd’. Strident, soulful big music that increasingly shows heavy and sometimes doomy psych-rock inclinations as the album wears on.
9/10 Gareth Customer review, 6th June 2016
Brooding, bristling, brilliant. Edgy as hell. Wovenhand on steroids.
Refractury Obdurate is uncompromising and grabs the attention from the opening track. Whenever I listen to Wovenhand (or 16HP for that matter) I am often reminded of Echo & The Bunnymen and stand out track 'Good Shepherd' is a good example.
Although this LP is heavier than usual I'd say it might be more accessible.
David Eugene Edwards fears God, I can't say that I do, but based on this, I do fear David Eugene Edwards.
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