Asva is an American experimental doom/sludge/drone metal band, originally formed by Stuart Dahlquist and B.R.A.D. in 2003. The name of the project is derived from a Sanskrit word aśva, meaning a "horse". Asva never fits traditional definitions of such genres as doom, sludge or drone, always presenting uncommon and unconventional interpretations, even though this project had a significant influence on the scene. But the latest album confirms the final departure from a realm of purely metal-related genres, being much more melodic and uplifted.

As described on their former record label Web Of Mimicry official site: Asva is blowing through town and taking the drone rock medium to new lows. Not your average "doom" band, Asva's saddlebags are filled with wooden chapel organs and subharmonic drones. Their packs are stuffed with electroacoustic sensibilities and hand-scribbled laments to the alchemical stars — they rode through walls of electrostatic fuzz to toll the mission bell on this side of the firmament — then they smashed your piano to splinters just for the sound it makes. In their wake nothing remains but tumbleweeds and twisters, dancing pointlessly in ageless dusty darkness.

Asva is notable for frequent line-up changes, with Dahlquist being a leader and the only constant member of the band. Among others, Trey Spruance was a long-time contributor for Asva, appearing both as a live member and studio musician on two albums. Other ex-members includes Troy Swanson and Milky Burgess.

As of 2011, members of Asva are Stuart Dahlquist, Toby Driver (main vocals, guitar), Greg Gilmore (drums) and Jake Weller (wind instruments), with Nick Hudson planned as an additional live member for a forthcoming tour (supporting the 3rd album "Presences Of Absences").

In some interviews, Stuart Dahlquist describes Asva as not being a traditional band in a strict meaning of this word, due to a varying membership, lack or rehearsals, rare performances and the fact that band members record separately from each other.

Asva Discography


DF-001 Asva / Burning Witch Asva / Burning Witch - Caprichos 1-80 / Rift Canyon Dreams(LP, Ltd, Num, Pic) Dos Fatales DF-001 US 2004 Sell This Version
Asva Futurist's Against The Ocean (Album) Web Of Mimicry, Dos Fatales US 2005 Sell This Version
ENT 12 Asva Asva(LP) Enterruption ENT 12 US 2005 Sell This Version
Asva What You Don't Know Is Frontier (Album) Southern Records USA & Europe 2008 Sell This Version
none Asva Live In London: September 8, 2005(CDr, Ltd, Num) Broken Press none US 2008 Sell This Version
IMPREC279 Asva Presences Of Absences(CD, Album) Important Records (2) IMPREC279 US 2011 Sell This Version
Asva & Philippe Petit Asva & Philippe Petit - Empires Should Burn... (Album) Basses Frequences, Small Doses UK, Europe & US 2012 Sell This Version
none Asva Surprize - Northsix, Brooklyn 4.20.05(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Not On Label (Asva Self-released) none US 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Asva Bring Me A Monkey Luchtrat US 2010 Sell This Version