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This article is about the rock band. For the Asuras from Vedic mythology, see Danava (Hinduism).
Origin Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Hard rock
Psychedelic rock
Stoner metal
Heavy metal
Years active 2003–present
Labels Kemado
Members Gregory Meleney
Zachariah Dellorto-Blackwell
Matthew Oliver
Andrew Forgash

Danava (pronounced DON-UH-VUH)[1] is an American hard rock band from Portland, Oregon. Its music fits into the categories of heavy metal, progressive rock and psychedelic rock. Danava is influenced by early hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal.


Danava was formed in 2003 by Gregory Meleney, Monte Mattsson, Zachariah Dellorto-Blackwell and Ben Vargas. Meleney and Mattsson had known each other as teenagers in Quincy, Illinois. They met Dellorto-Blackwell later and moved to Portland, Oregon, where they met Vargas. They released a demo together in 2004.

Meleney actually played 98%[citation needed] of all the keyboards on both records.

They have toured with Down (twice), Voivod, The Melvins, Acid Mothers Temple, Witchcraft(3X), Lecherous Gaze, Thrones, Weedeater, Gentlemans Pistols and played at the 2008 Roadburn festival in the Netherlands. They released a video for "Where Beauty And Terror Dance" which was played on MTV2's Headbangers Ball.

In September 2009, Mattsson left the group to pursue his studies in biology and was replaced by Matt Oliver. Andrew Forgash, a rhythm guitarist, also joined at this time.




  • A four song demo with versions of "By The Mark", "Eyes In Disguise" and "Longdance", and anunreleased song, "Jack". Recorded by Johnny Jewel in 2004


  • Danava CD/LP (2006 Kemado Records)
  • UnonoU CD/LP (2008 Kemado Records)
  • Hemisphere of Shadows CD/LP (2011 Kemado Records)


  • "Quiet Babies Astray in a Manger" 12" (2006 Kemado Records)
  • "Where Beauty & Terror Dance" 7" (2007 Kemado Records)
  • "Danava/Earthless/Lecherous Gaze" Split 12" (2011 Kemado Records)
  • "Danava/Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats" Split 7"(2011 Kemado Records)
  • "Heavy Devil Star Crash-The 2004 Demos" 12"(2013 Unseen Forces Records)
  • "Grave Command-exclusive track on compilation: Grave Command"(Unseen Forces)


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