Oslo-based sludge-metal power trio SÂVER are back with a vengeance. The band’s new album ‘From Ember And Rust’ channels the bare-knuckle ferocity of their 2019 full-length debut, ‘They Came With Sunlight’, alongside a formidable command of dynamic, texture and sonic space that belies the relative youth of the project.
Having erupted into the Norwegian metal scene without warning, SÂVER is the result of heavy veterans Ole Ulvik Rokseth, Markus Støle and Ole Christian Helstad combining their years of experience into one three-headed beast, hellbent on pushing the boundaries of what the band is collectively capable of.
Restless by nature, SÂVER are constantly refining and reinventing their sound. The band’s debut record was followed by two wildly creative collaborations which saw the trio marry their signature ferocity with some unlikely creative bedfellows in order to test new depths. ‘Emerald’, 2021’s full-length release, paired SÂVER’s calculated minimalism with the frenetic, percussive energy of Belgian post-metal collective Psychonaut whilst last year’s ‘Split EP’ saw SÂVER and Norwegian folk singer/songwriter Frødekal reinterpret a song from each other’s back catalogue with hauntingly spectacular results.
With this revelatory experience still ringing in their ears, ‘From Ember And Rust’ bears all of SÂVER’s heavy hallmarks alongside a newfound sense of dynamic anticipation and organic progression, which ties the seven tracks together as a significant body of work in the band’s ascendant trajectory. As well as sharing their years of experience making the heaviest music they can, SÂVER also share a passion for the unmistakable soundscapes of classic science-fiction. Already a key component of SÂVER’s distinctive sound; Rokseth’s otherworldly, cinematic synth work is given centre stage on ‘From Ember And Rust’ as the band boldly embark on a new journey together.
As their first non-collaborative release in four years, ‘From Ember And Rust’ could be interpreted as the band returning to the safety of their roots. However, SÂVER are more determined than ever to keep pushing their sound into uncharted territory as the world they find themselves in continues to turn.