The brainchild of lone independent musician Aaron Cloutier, Davola is an extreme metal assault on the senses while pushing the limits of what can be done creatively in the metal world.
Brutal, melodic, exotic and all around Schizophrenic, the music created by Aaron is the product of a man clearly suffering from a musical identity crisis who seemingly refuses to settle on any one specific style.......most likely stemming from a fear of commitment.
With a world of influences thrown in the mix ranging from the fury and intensity of SLAYER, SLIPKNOT and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, to the meticulous polyrhythms and odd time signatures of Sweden's MESHUGGAH, it is difficult at times to confine the music into one genre alone.
There's is an ethereal melodic element as well with twin guitar harmonies, sparse clean signing and massive chords sandwiched between the more technical and machine gun like riffs a la LAMB OF GOD and FEAR FACTORY.
Toss in a harmonic minor, middle eastern vibe and you've got one confusing style to label. Is it death metal? Is it thrash? is it progressive? and what's going on with all the acoustic elements?
Despite what would seem like nothing more than an exercise in musical excess, there is method to the madness. The chaos is meticulously controlled, subdued and packed into tight, comprehensive heavy as hell anthems that serve to take the listener on a journey. This is extreme metal from a composer's perspective with attention to song craft and dare I say.... a pop sensibility. (THERE'S NO POP IN METAL!!!......or is there?)
So judging from all of this you might be left with one question among others....
Who does this guy think he is? And WHERE does he think he's from?......
Curious? Find out for yourself at www.myspace.com/davola-metal as well as