Dvne
Asheran


4.5
superb


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Helliconia!

The genres of Stoner and Doom Metal always fascinated me, but only on a theoretical level. You see, I always did my best to like them, but their execution, which calls for lengthy, overly ambitious and overwhelmingly crushing with its heaviness music, just never sat all that well with me. I understand that that is what it is supposed to be like, but the artists don’t even try to differentiate their songs in any way; instead they just pile up a bunch of long obscurities so heavy it overshadows any song-writing beauty. And that is what never sat with me. It just always slipped away. But with Dvne’s brainchild that is Asheran I can finally report that an album of that genre managed to wow me in all the right ways.

That’s the thing with Asheran, it is not tiring like most other Stoner/Doom records. You could call that a step into accessibility, but do not mistake it for a fall into simplicity. The album is still backed head to toe with a mass of progressive instrumentation, devastating production and trippy song-writing. It also doesn’t shy away from experimenting with genres, like on the song “Thirst”, which strikes with almost Black Metal flare, or all of the times the album comes off as more of a Progressive Metal affair. The vocals also quite frequently jump from ravaging growls to clean, but shredding chants.

So if it wasn’t yet apparent, this album is fantastic. And that’s actually surprising, considering it is done with the genre’s most typical ingredients, overwhelming length, menacing tunes and heaviness one can hardly withstand. But unlike most of its contemporaries, Asheran doesn’t let go of its strong grip on you. It never slows down and it never softens, but it also knows how to present a versatile package of instrumental and musical extravagance. It is as fantastical as its album cover suggests.



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Papa Universe
January 6th 2018


22470 Comments


a bit too short a review for an album as long as this

also, massive shoutout to bgillesp for introducing me to this

bgillesp
January 6th 2018


7057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There it is! This needed a write up so thanks to you for that!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 6th 2018


17248 Comments


Great write up Uni, tx for reviewing this.

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butcherboy
January 6th 2018


9464 Comments


I've got the same trouble with stoner/doom.. so this sounds promising.. will check and pos of cos..

Piripichotes
January 6th 2018


542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review! have a pos! only thing, on the 2nd paragraph "thirst" instead of "thist"...



I've never been too much into doom or stoner myself, but this mixes so many other genres that I dig, making this a memorable listen.

Papa Universe
January 6th 2018


22470 Comments


nobody pointed out the reference in the summary...

bgillesp
January 7th 2018


7057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Were you referencing the flower or book series?

Papa Universe
January 7th 2018


22470 Comments


Look a the album cover and the amount of 'l's in the word and guess.

bgillesp
January 7th 2018


7057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guessing the books, but considering Google asks if you meant the flower when typing, that's a pretty obscure reference.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
January 7th 2018


3560 Comments


dvne and king goat making the uk scene look SO stronk rn

bgillesp
January 7th 2018


7057 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guessing the books, but considering Google asks if you meant the flower when typing, that's a pretty obscure reference.

ElHombreChino
January 7th 2018


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig this album but I must say I'm pretty bugged buy how they often accent the wrong syllable when singing. In Descent of the Asheran it seems to me he does this systematically.



Papa Universe
January 7th 2018


22470 Comments


Well, it speaks of album's quality if your biggest gripe with it is the frontman's pronunciation of certain words.

ElHombreChino
January 7th 2018


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's not really a critique I'll say it puzzles me. I don't get if he has a purpose in doing it.

Gmork89
January 8th 2018


8012 Comments


Just finished the first track and it RIPS.

AsleepInTheBack
January 10th 2018


6066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Class write-up, short and sweet. Just jammed this, pretty good stuff.

Piglet
January 10th 2018


7876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah nah right up my alley, love this cheeky lil record



also is this inspired by dune the book

Hawks
January 31st 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fucking amazing wow.

Piglet
January 31st 2018


7876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah come on sputbitches get on this

Hawks
February 3rd 2018


73729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump cause jamming again and god damn it's so great.



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