Wovenwar – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire (London, UK)
With this being Wovenwar’s second time in the UK — after playing Leeds & Reading festival and assorted clubs dates around the same time — they should have an idea of what to expect, but with a crowd for a band like In Flames, it was gonna be hard room to impress.
With opener “All Rise” from their debut opening things up, the band attacked the stage with a hunger to show what they have got. Main vocalist Shane Blay (formerly of Oh, Sleeper & Between The Buried & Me) seemed to be rather reserved and not exactly happy to be there but without being lack luster in his performance. If anyone has ever seen the band Staind live, you will understand how uncomfortable he looked onstage.
The band were incredibly tight and sounded incredibly good for an opening band, but when you are first on after having great success with your previous bands and being the headliners, you are going to go out there and give it your all, which is something Wovenwar could be accused of not doing.
Apart from bands who play special anniversary shows, I’ve never seen a band play a set from their debut album in the order that it’s on the album, but Wovenwar did just this. It wasn’t a bad thing but it was a bit of a surprise, which meant their 7-song set ended with the slow burner “Father / Son” which was possibly a bad choice of song to expose this crowd to.
Their reaction was minimal at the start but seemed to gain slightly with each song. They didn’t seem to make a ton of new fans this night as their brand of friendly and listenable metalcore may have not been “heavy enough” for an In Flames crowd, but they gave it their all and I think that resonated with the crowd, eventually.
(Words and Photos by Andrew. Show date: 10/18/14)