Danava Unonou on Limited Edition Colored 2LP
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Speedy and sinuous, Danava out rocks, out progs, out psychs and out retro-proto-metals all comers. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter Greg Meleney, the quartet creates utterly unique astro-rock that is a thing of spectral beauty. Described as “a journey into a parallel sonic universe,” Danava's sidelong songs are sprinkled with spacey synth-y FX that push the band’s sound into outer space. This is progressive riff rock; barn-burning scorchers full of unison and tongue-twisting melodic runs that melt listener’s brains.
Danava's relentless fret-board wizardry - cast in the spirit of Iommi and Schenker - produces extended elliptical structures that live in a proto-magic era somewhere between Lemmy in Hawkwind and Lemmy in Motörhead, leaving sufficient room for wailing, noodling solos and a vocal croon that is halfway between Ian Gillan or Geddy Lee’s high-pitched, semi-operatic prowess and Ozzy Osbourne’s insidious howl. The band’s songs list from side to side like a vessel cast adrift on an ocean of battering soundwaves.
Originally released on Kemado in 2008, Danava's sophomore album Unonou is now being lovingly reissued on double vinyl courtesy of Riding Easy Records. The album's title is not only perfectly suited to this uniquely enigmatic, often downright perplexing band, but Unonou probably means something important in the language of their native planet. After all, Danava's eponymous first album already suggested that they might be visitors from a distant galaxy, located somewhere between Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Rush's favorite black hole, "Cignus X-1." As if to corroborate this alien origin conspiracy theory, Unonou's striking artwork is reminiscent of the golden era of sci-fi novels.
"...the majority of Unonou's seven songs speak to an awakening brought on by the experiences the band has endured thus far, on and off the stage. These songs are about self-discovery," guitarist/vocalist Dusty Sparkles illustrates. "Stop lying to yourself. Quit being afraid of change. Accept yourself. Stop believing everything you read or see on TV, and ask yourself how you really feel."