Dawhn - Deprivation

Formed in 2012 and hailing from Saratov, Russia, Dawhn has arisen. Releasing an EP and a single in their very first year of existence. Fast forward many daw(h)ns to the year 2019 and we get a full length offering in the way of "Deprivation". For this new release there are only two members currently listed as active on Metal Archives, Roman Nosov on bass and Vladimir Shein handling guitar and vocal duties, although there are four listed as playing on this album with Vyacheslav Plekhanov doing some vocals and Peter Fateyev on some drums. Not sure who did drums on rest of album or any of the other instruments that show up throughout but someone did and I am sure a physical copy could shed more light on this. Metal Archives, once again, says that Dawhn are progressive doom/death metal as does the Careless Records Bandcamp page that you can pre-order "Deprivation" from. And that's the only things on the old interwebs that I can actually find about this band, period. That is unless you speak Russian, which I do not.

Dawhn do have a very progressive death metal sound to them, I do hear some doom influence in here as well. Yet I feel that it is much less of a factor than the death metal influence is. So I would label them progressive death metal/doom instead of what is listed above. But I digress. What is heard on "Deprivation" is a very intricate and dynamic form of progressive death metal that swells to beautiful brutality and swoons to gorgeous melodicism. Those amazing peaks and valleys that I love so much in anything considered to be progressive. The whole album has a flow to it that is lush, organic and just plain right feeling. Even with the track Circle being on here twice.

So with that out of the way, I just have to be completely honest and get this off my chest. The whole time and every time I have listened to "Deprivation" I cannot help but think Dawhn are some how Opeth's Russian fraternal twin. They have so much in common yet are somewhat completely different. The heavy, most death or doom, sections are quite similar yet both bands have their own sound that is just slightly different than the other. Where Opeth's lighter sections are more influenced by classic/prog rock, Dawhn seem to touch on a bit of folk/traditional. Opeth stretches their ideas out into long, epic songs, while Dawhn can compress the same sentiment into much more compact but no less striking form.

In the end, if you wish Opeth stayed heavy and just progressed from there; then grab Dawhn's "Deprivation." It has that sound while still being true to themselves and it is a really really good to downright superb album. Dawhn has risen and damn is it beautiful.

1. Frailty
2. Disciple Of Death
3. With Me
4. Circle
5. III
6. II
7. I
8. Circle (2016)