Song: “The Crimson Path
Album: Asheran (2017)
Lyrics taken from songlyrics.com
From light we transpose,
Hegira, last legion, a dying storm.
Erupting pyres alight moonrise in silence.
From light they transpose.
We hold communion for those drifting,
Beacons set loose for each we lost.
Crimson torch vibrant,
So they won’t venture in the dark.
As always we strive towards the hope
Of returning home.
From hubris arise all kingdoms.
Through hubris kingdoms fall.
“The Crimson Path” begins with a slow fade into the bass guitar’s raucous riff to be joined by the drums and dual guitars playing a melody evocative of Eastern music before dropping into doom metal glory. Clean vocals in harmony showcase the range DVNE’s singers as they hold legato lines above busy guitar playing which are combined with intense death growls. The track has an inherent heaviness and creates an epic opening to the album. The lyrics describe the return of a group of astronauts to their home planet after many years (much like in Queen’s “’39”), though they find it has been reclaimed by nature that has little mercy for the people who had mistreated it.
Scottish band DVNE (pronounced “dune”) take their name from the famous science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, so it comes as no surprise that their first major release has a science fiction concept story behind it. Asheran is comprised of eight songs that are all at least four minutes long and carries the listener through soundscapes built by intricate song structure. Thrust into the category of doom/stoner metal, DVNE combines dropped guitar tunings with intricate melodies, layered song structure, and surprising dynamics to create a singular sound that hearkens back to bands like Mastodon and Neurosis. Though the growled vocals can be a bit jarring at first, the musicianship and instrumentation is the reason to listen to the song, and they are used sparingly in the appropriate places to evoke the right musical tone.
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