Metal supergroup with roots that dig deep into music history, Wovenwar, have been churning out hard-hitting music with thunderous riffage that you can’t help but bang your head ever since their conception and self-titled debut in 2014. Honing a fiercely defined sound, Wovenwar is set to make some noise and rile up both the younger and seasoned world of metal fans worldwide throughout 2017. I caught up with drummer, Jordan Mancino, to discuss the release of Wovenwar’s sophomore album, ‘Honor Is Dead’, ‘The Fury Tour’, and more.
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First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Wovenwar?
WOVENWAR is a metal band based out of San Diego and is a collective effort of 4 dudes: Nick Hipa, Josh Gilbert, Shane Blay, and [myself] Jordan Mancino.
Congrats on the release of your sophomore studio album, ‘Honor Is Dead‘. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Thank you! We were extremely pleased with the results and response from the first record, but even more pleased in that regard with this release. We wrote the majority of the record via dropbox demoing, meaning everyone would write individually and upload ideas or full songs and we would send notes back and forth. It’s a pretty efficient way to write, especially if 2 members of the band (Shane & Josh) don’t live in San Diego where we are based.
We knew that we wanted to expand our sound naturally and after touring /performing together for the first time. Side note, we didn’t play a show as a band until after we wrote and recorded our first record and over the last album cycle we had a lot more to say and a lot more to play. Shane got more comfortable in his position as a front man / main vocalist while we performed live throughout those 2 years and 8 tours worldwide to uncover his, yet unrealized, vocal capabilities on that didn’t appear until “Honor Is Dead”. To keep a potentially exhausted answer short, Shane’s unlimited vocal capabilities really gave us the ability to expand our sound into a darker and heavier direction.
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As Wovenwar contains members of As I Lay Dying and Oh, Sleeper, did you guys have a connection developed amongst the two bands that influenced Wovenwar?
There’s definitely a connection and lots of history with both or our bands. Shane was in a band that AILD had played shows with early on and Nick had joined that band prior to being in AILD. That’s actually how we met Nick was through touring with Shane’s (and Nick’s) band, Evelyn. Shane comes from the same place we all did, so it was a natural fit.
Tell us about the most standout experience of The Fury Tour that you guys just wrapped up with Soilwork, Unearth, Battlecross and Darkness Divided.
I guess the biggest stand out for me, aside from the crowds and great reception for WW, was surviving two sets a night! I’ve been filling in on drums for Unearth while their drummer, the almighty Nick Pierce, recovers from major back surgery and it just so happened that both bands were doing this tour. It was a blast and the best weight loss program I’ve ever experienced. Two sets a night on drums for 6 weeks = notable diet & exercise icon programs like Richard Simmons or something.
Any tour plans or festival appearances that fans have to look forward to in 2017?
Definitely. Nothing that we can announce at the moment, but we will for sure be active and touring as many cities as we can.
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What is your perception of the current state of heavy metal?
I like it. A lot of bands from Heavy Metal’s past are resurfacing and touring pretty extensively. I think that’s the best way to inspire the next generation of metal musicians, bands, and fans while keeping the scene stocked with up and comers & current metal powerhouses. There seems to be more activity than there ever has. Is it ideal?? Yes! More metal as always a great thing. I also believe touring and performing live is just as important releasing new records for metal bands. They work hand in hand and most importantly gives the opportunity to meet your fans / supporters face to face.
What life experiences led to the emotive lyrical depictions throughout ‘Honor Is Dead’?
Not sure about specific experiences, although I could for sure say it’s a darker version of a palatable heavy metal lyrical inspiration cornucopia (yep). Personal pasts and present, society, political, band stuff, etc.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Honestly, the fans and supporters are the only reason this band exists and the world of heavy metal exists. No one would be where they are at without the support of their fans. With that, I want to thank all of our fans for your support – past, present and future. Cheers.