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CD Feature/ Woven Hand: "Ten Stones"

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David Eugene Edwards is a true-breed go-it-aloner with a strong grasp of songwriting, drilling to extra pockets of heaviness and gravitas in whatever style is moving the moment. 

Okay, he’s a preacher’s kid to whom nothing is more serious than fire and brimstone, so there’s a certain adjustment period you’ll need to allow his vocal sound, best characterized as Burton Cummings trying to impress Nick Cave – if the Guess Who color your world you’re already mostly there, while if you love early goth rock you should be webbing to Amazon right now.

The music isn’t terribly complicated past a typical-70s-arena-band point, and as such there are annoying ambient angles on which Edwards fixates to past the point of usefulness, best example being “Not One Stone,” where the cheesebag Bruce-Lee-movie guitars get beaten senseless. 

However, even that song has a rather electrifying coda that will make the trip worth it for most listeners, and elsewhere is simply great rock, in the Bauhaus/Sisters of Mercy-blooded “The Beautiful Axe” and the early-Cult-like spaghetti-western “Horsetail”.

By Eric Saeger

Homepage: Woven Hand
Homepage: Sounds Familyre Records

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