By Rachael Bohlander, Contributor, DC Music Live
And for the intensely powerful, raw emotion that defies easy musical categorization, it may be the most accurate.
Loosely termed “folk”, country, punk, blues, industrial, and rock permeate roiling guitar riffs, pounding beats and delicate piano notes. Exotic melodies, pulled from traditional music of cultures from the Middle East to South America to Native Americans, wind and weave through the roiling confessionals that is Wovenhand.
In a recent phone chat with D.C. Music Live, Edwards allowed in a moment of gross understatement, that the music was not typical. He credited it to an unusual musical diet and an artist’s desire to explore and understand the reasons for and sounds behind music from other cultures.
With the release of The Laughing Stalk, Wovenhand’s seventh album, it is clear neither age nor experience have mellowed Edwards or his desire to explore the human existence. And as Wovenhand introduces what may be their heaviest album yet to live audiences, it is equally apparent Edwards has not lost the intensity and passion of his convictions which seep, roll and roar from lyrics laced with the biblical and influenced by the pain and joy of histories passed down through folk music worldwide.
Yet it is on-stage where Edwards’ presence reaches an all-consuming crescendo, channeling revivalist preachers of old, intense, eyes rolling, stomping, twisting and turning, commanding the hellfire and brimstone of eternal damnation and redemption. And he delivers with a force of conviction of biblical strength.
It is the sound of power, terror and the hope of salvation. The Apocalypse.
And it is an experience not to be missed.