Here we are at the Underworld in Camden Town to see the well-known, former members of As I Lay Dying, back in the UK after 3 years, with their new band Wovenwar. The original formers of the mighty AILD are back with a new line up. Shane Blay (lead guitarist of Oh, Sleeper) joined the four-piece giant to form a supergroup we just couldn’t wait to see.
Opening the night were London-based StoneGhost. The venue has just started to fill up when this four-piece hard rock band, originally from South London, played their first song of the night, “Sound Remains”. The initially hesitant crowd finally perked up during the second song “Raynardine”, and this carried on till the end of the set. The public showed their positive reception of the set with persistent growling and horns in the air. Overall, StoneGhost impressed with powerful vocals from lead singer Jason, as well as their catchy, energetic riffs, and groovy old-school rock n’ roll.
The second part of the act was a new London band called As Lions, fronted by Austin Dickinson, son of Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. Despite the fact that it was only their 4th gig, the crowd was already pretty aware of their songs, and they kick-started the show with the audience’s full attention. Austin really makes me think of his father, running everywhere on stage and making sure that the crowd gets involve into the show. His former band Rise to Remain had a big fan base and were more aggressive, but As Lions are really promising nonetheless.
Following As Lions’ performance, the light went down and suddenly, BOOM. Here they were: the Wovenwar five ravaging the stage with “The Mason”. To be honest I wasn’t expecting this song to be a hit, but we all were looking at each other and going “OMG”! The large and frenzied crowd moshed and whipped up a storm in the place. It’s one of the reasons I love metal: You just can’t beat the live crowd. It was clear those guys where here to make a statement and we did get that message loud and clear.
Then it was time for “Death to Right”, whose powerful electric guitars, catchy lyrics and amazing chorus took the Underworld by assault. The public immediately followed, singing along with Shane and Josh, and the energy was running high throughout the show. The band had been hands-on all the time, blasting song after song (“Profane”, “Identity”, “Moving Up” and many more … in fact, their full debut album), keeping the venue ecstatic.
Wovenwar had great expectations of the crowd and the crowd expected a lot from the band. And never was that more clear than on Friday, especially during their song “Matter of Time” when Josh Gilbert crowd-surfed over the audience. The gig finished with “All Rise”, the only AILD sound-alike song of their album for me. From start to finish, Wovenwar delivered an amazing show and I’m glad I was there to experience that!
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