Wednesday 4 January 2023

ALBUM REVIEW: Dvvell, "Quiescent"

By: Richard Maw
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 03/06/2022
Label: Transylvanian Recordings

“Quiescent” CS//DD track listing:
1). Mother
2). Father
3). Son
4). Daughter
The Review:

Four tracks. Many minutes. Funeral doom/sludge with synths. Santa Cruz, California?! There must be something very bleak about living in Ca. The crime rate? The threat of earthquake? The relentless good weather?! Certainly, this music is as bleak as it gets. This is thick as tar and just as dark.
The four tracks here comprise of “Mother”, “Father”, “Son” and “Daughter”. It is far from a happy family, though. The soundscapes are nightmarish, slow and low. The vocals, when they appear, are shrieked and rasped- the sound of despair. Only one track is much below fifteen minutes, so with a running times north of eighteen minutes for the opener, you know you are in this for the long haul.
Of course, there are no hooks or ‘songs’ here per se. This is just a horrible journey through an underground tunnel with minimal to no light. It is as down-tuned as Conan, but that’s where the comparison would end. Dvvell are very much their own thing.
If you like your doom with sludge, synths and truly epic playing times, then this is undoubtedly for you. It’s hard to know what else to say here; it’s dark, troubling and relentlessly bleak. If that sounds like something you might enjoy- that word used very loosely, then you are already a fan of this band even if you haven’t heard them as this is very, very good.
“Quiescent” is available HERE 

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