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Refractory Obdurate

Wovenhand Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 13, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deathwish Inc
  • ASIN: B00J8JQ666
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In many ways this album is a culmination of the past several Wovenhand albums, starting with Ten Stones and extending to this one. Ten Stones was a bit of a departure from previous Wovenhand albums, as it hearkened back to the Secret South era of Edwards's previous band 16 Horsepower, it had a much heavier and more rock oriented sound than the earlier Wovenhand albums, and although is interesting in that regard I consider it the weakest album that David has put out to date (in either 16HP or WH.) The Threshingfloor continued in that vein but was a much more focused and consistent album, indeed a masterpiece of the genre in my mind and it was followed by the equally excellent The Laughing Stalk, which pushed the heavier rock sound even further. Which brings us to Refractory Obdurate. This album is by far the heaviest and most aggressive album that Edwards has put out to date. This isn't much of a surprise since he's well known for his love for heavy and dark music and his own music is very popular among many of the more extreme metal acts in the world today (both Marduk and DevilDriver have covered songs of his and Primordial has integrated lyrics from Black Soul Choir into one of their songs) and of course he's been covering Joy Division songs live as long as he's been playing.

The difference is this time around the heavier and more aggressive sound (while still maintaining the lighter Gothic Country sounds) has been fully realized and perfected into what is arguably the most diverse and focused album since Consider the Birds. A perfect marriage and mix of the driving and intense rock and the more low key and meditative. And throughout the overwhelming intensity and frequent darkness that Edwards has channeled since he started 16HP eighteen some-odd years ago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Shaft
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David Eugene Edwards has made Wovenhand's music constantly evolve into something different. "Refractory Obdurate" differs from quieter, stripped down songs on the earlier albums. This effort, continuing in the heavier tradition of 2012's "The Laughing Stalk" is a pounding assault; now there's tribal beats, layered guitars, haunting and brooding riffing... traces of grunge, punk, metal in the music... all this while still retaining the classic Wovenhand sound. I won't go into a song-by-song breakdown, but know that each one is different and brings something new to the table. It may take a few spins to full appreciate the masterpiece that this album really is.

I admit to liking the era around "Ten Stones" and "The Threshingfloor" best, but "Refractory Obdurate" may just be Wovenhand's best up to date, and certainly an album that shouldn't be missed by anyone.

Favorite songs:
The Refractory - the "old" Wovenhand song on the album;
Good Shepherd - some (post)-punk awesomeness;
Salome - the mid-point of the album, containing the most diversity in a single song;
El-bow - the short and album closer, carried by the dark drumming and Edwards' droning voice;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased! May 14, 2014
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Not sure what to write that will do this album justice. I loved the energy of 16 Horsepower and respect the complexity of Wovenhand, but this new album brings both of those elements together in an amazing way! This is the Wovenhand album that I have been waiting for. Give it a listen. I think you'll be very pleased.
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Another astonishingly well done album that no genre can contain, and no heart can ignore. Powerful, passionate, overwhelming. I have been listening to it non stop since it was released!
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