With a name like Wovenhand, one could be forgiven for expecting some sort of pagan/folk metal malarkey – you know, that whole portmanteau word thing, like Skyclad or Dragonsbum or something. When you learn that the reference is to hands woven in prayer, however, the picture changes somewhat. Perhaps something a little more fragile, more intimate… Then you put the thing on, and all these preconceptions go out of the window in a maelstrom of BIG, BIG music. Wovenhand are EPIC. This is a big-budget Cormac McCarthy movie, or a crazy prophecy dreamed after a night on the Communion wine somewhere out on the prairie.
“Beautiful The Axe,” the album’s opener, sets out their stall pretty well – starting with some fairly innocuous guitar which turns into an ominous almost-goth verse part, the whole
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