Album Review: DVNE – “Etemen Ænka”

Dvne - Etemen Ænka

My first exposure to DVNE came late in the cycle for their sophomore album Asheran, but it was enough to put their crushing blend of sludge and progressive rock/metal onto my end of year list for 2017. It took a few years before appetites were whetted with the Omega Severer single/EP, and now we have the proper follow-up in the form of Etemen Ænka. This one is a little more of a grower, the songs more up front and in your face, but as things start to expand (particularly on the second half) all the reasons I came to love the band in the first place begin to flower.

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Initial Descent: March 14 – 20, 2021

OLDE – courtesy of Samantha Carcasole

Last week was a week. Here’s hoping this one isn’t. Who’s ready for live shows? Anyone got a wager for when that’ll be? Will we ever get back to normal? All pertinent questions that no one really has an answer for, but all are questions that burn in all our minds. News to no one, I get it. Anyway, we can dream…I guess. Moving on to some new metal, and at least that rubs me the right way; OLDE are back with their outstanding brand of blue collar doom/sludge (seriously, this thing rules and consequently, this band can do no wrong), Mare Cognitum are still excelling at cosmic black metal, Dvne get massively heavy and surprisingly subdued at the same time (it works, trust me), and how about some slam meets deathcore from Distant who actually do a great job at crushing this genre combo. Go get all these new tunes and dream for the day when we might actually get to see all this live again.

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CANTO: Abbath, Dvne, Kankar, and More

I’m finally listening to some new stuff off the latest Harakiri For The Sky. It’s fun.

  • Looks like Abbath has jumped back into the studio to record the third album under his name. It sounds like it should be out sometime later this year, only two years removed from 2019’s Outstrider. I rather enjoyed the previous two efforts, so this is good news to me.
  • Serving as a preview for their upcoming new album, Etemen Ænka, Dvne has released a live video for “Towers”. The album, if you need a reminder, drops on March 19th through Metal Blade Records.
  • Scardust, the progressive/symphonic metal group out of Israel, have announced some lineup changes. Here is the kick-off announcement, but if you scroll their Facebook page you’ll get the full rundown. Sounds like their first live performance together will be announced soon as well. Good stuff.
  • And we’ll close with some black metal. Kankar, out of Germany, revealed the second track from their upcoming new album. Give “Dunkle Millenia” a listen below, the title-track from their newest effort, which is set for a March 19th release through Eisenwald.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 165 (1.23.2021)

playlist - mixtape

Good morning and welcome to another Saturday morning playlist. This week, we have a slew of new singles including a MASSIVE new Panopticon song, a new nightmare jam from the upcoming Emptiness album, new tracks from The Body and Dvne, and two singles from next week’s Tribulation album (because I can’t pick a favorite). All this plus a few extra goodies at the link below.

– Vincent

CANTO: Fuath, Dvne, Kankar, and More

I feel like something important happened today…

  • Kankar have set the release date for their debut through Eisenwald. Dunkle Millenia will be out on March 19th. Check out “Zerfall des Lichts” right now. I’m under the impression that this is going to be a black metal kind of day…
  • Remember when Fleshgod Apocalypse released that cover of Eiffel 65’s “Blue (Da Ba Dee)”, “Blue (Turns to Red)”? Yes, that was in fact a thing. And, if you want more incredible content like that, here’s a drum paythrough of the track.
  • A couple more March 19th releases to share today, and the next comes from Dvne. Their sophomore album, Etemen Ænka will be out through Metal Blade Records. A new single, titled “Sì-XIV”, along with pre-order information, is available here.
  • Fuath, the atmospheric black metal project from Andy Marshall (Saor), revealed that II will also be released on March 19th through Season of Mist. Check out the video for “Prophecies” below. Spoiler alert: it’s really freaking good. Pre-orders are available here.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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