Minerva /mɪˈnəːvə/ : 1. Roman goddess of wisdom, the arts, and warfare, who sprang fully-armored and adorned from the head of Jupiter. 2. Heavy stoner doom sludge outfit from Columbia, SC.
MNRVA was formed in 2018 by Byron Hawk (Arcane, Our Tragic Hours, and Iron Fist), Gina Ercolini, and Kevin Jennings (both of Turbo Gatto and Iron Fist). The band is equal parts doom metal, stoner rock, and sludge, producing a style and sound that is ultimately uncategorizable but always heavy. The band’s mid-slow tempo tracks highlight strong, catchy songwriting with varying vocal styles, drawing on a progressive sense of arrangement, groove-laden riffs, and a garage aesthetic. Their debut EP "Black Sky" was recorded at The Jam Room Recording Studio, which has recorded southeast heavyweights such as Baroness, Black Tusk, and Kylesa. MNRVA continues in this tradition with their genre-bending songs that blend the guitar grind of the Melvins, the vocal interplay of Mastodon, and the post-doom heaviness of Wisconsin’s Bereft.
It’s as heavy as you can get. . . . Slower, moving like a river of tar, it takes you to dark places. Can’t fault this. It’s doom with an edge of horror. I’m not sure I could listen to a full album without some kind of mental health relapse, but considering that it’s the first effort, it’s good.
There’s a psychedelic tinge kneading this South Carolina trio’s sludge/stoner/doom. . . . harrowing elements of music best experienced on the brink of collapse.
[With] their debut EP, they do prove to be well in charge of where their songs head in terms of mood and the atmosphere. . . . Indeed, it’s those harsher aspects that help MNRVA immediately establish their individuality, and the vibe across these 18-plus minutes is that the punishment is only getting started.
This debut EP . . . is a raw, sludge laden fist in the solar plexus of a thing. . . . What a rough-edged, rumbling thing of beauty. . . . We await the onslaught of a full-length LP with keen anticipation.
--The Midlands Rocks
To say this is a great start for a young band would be an understatement.
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Press: Curtis Dewar, Dewar PR