The sequel to Asheran isn’t as we would’ve expected, a full-fledged record. Although, to be perfectly fair, some new Dvne material is infinitely better than none at all.

Release date: November 6, 2020 | Metal Blade Records | Facebook | Bandcamp

I was simply smitten with awe when I first came across Dvne, respectively Asheran. I never heard anything even remotely close to what these guys are doing. Dvne is simply put, a powerhouse of extremely apt musicians who decided that doing straight up just one thing won’t do. Across Asheran, we have been acquainted with a heavily progressive approach to what is basically a mix of post-metal, post-rock, stoner rock, sludge metal, and even some doom influences are being thrown around.

I know how this blend looks like on paper: taking the absolute slowest corners from rock and metal and combining them. It looks like it can be either amazing or straight up terrible. If you haven’t heard Dvne before, let me assure you that it is definitely unexpectedly amazing. Asheran is an outstanding sophomore full-length and while we didn’t get the follow-up we were looking for, Omega Severer is pretty damn great.

Omega Severer clocks in at a modest seventeen and a half minutes, however its contents are anything but brief. It is comprised of the title track, “Omega Severer”, and an older song from the Aurora Majesty EP, “Of Blade and Carapace”, which got a pretty neat uplift. The song underwent some minor tweaks and it sounds so much better than how it did in its original incarnation, feeling like they’re finally giving it the justice it deserves. It also makes a great pairing with “Omega Severer”.

“Omega Severer” is a ten-minute epic and through its ingenious structure it manages to pass through a vast selection of musical terrain. Together with the revamped “Of Blade and Carapace”, it succeeds in distilling the power and essence of an entire album’s worth of music. There is quite simply not even one moment that feels out of place, or redundant for that matter. Every little increment of sound is meticulously mapped and articulated, similarly to how things went down on Asheran. When I say that “Omega Severer” is an epic, I mean that. It captures a lot of the moods and the musical elements that basically make up the core of a record, albeit on a small-time scale. The production of the EP is also exactly as you would expect it, nothing short of sterling. It is a fully appropriate way of voicing and contouring all of the things that are going on.

All in all, Omega Severer shows us that Dvne continue to make steps forward within their craft. There’s something refined about what I’m hearing here and I’m quite certain that we’ll see all of this taken another step forward as soon as the next full-length will be made. I would think it’s implied at this point, but just to be on the safe side, make sure to check out Omega Severer and of course the rest of Dvne‘s material. It’s wholly worth your time!

Robert Miklos

Robert Miklos

What can I say? I love slapping keys and listening to squiggly air.

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