Seemingly coming out of nowhere, today we have one of the most exciting Black Metal bands we have heard in quite a while: Selvans. Hailing from Italy, the band presents us with their crushing and refreshing EP “Clangores Plenilunio” which features around 30 minute of pure atmospheric destruction. The band’s combination of influences into their own unique Black Metal sound will definitely turns some heads and command full attention from listeners.
As the opener “Lupercale” weaves from atmospheric passages to blistering blast beats and haunting screams, the band perfectly blends killer guitar leads with catchy rhythmical sections. This track showcases the band’s range to their full extent with some many influences present here, but yet their sound is quite distinctive and unique. Things turn Folky with the EP title track, allowing Selvans Haruspex to showcase his multiple talents handling all the Folk elements in this release.
Sandwiched between two instrumentals (“Prologue” and “Epilogue”), we have “..In the Woods”, a very vicious cover form the now defunct “In the Woods...”. In Selvans version, the band delivers a crystal clear rendition of the vicious guitars of the original, but with their atmospheric magic and some updates here and there. While we love the raw violence of the original song, this cover is extremely good as it shows how the band made the song theirs in a very subtle way.
Overall, “Clangores Plenilunio” is one hell of a release that shows the great promise behind Selvans. It is too bad the band’s vocalist and drummer passed away after the recording of this EP, but hopefully the band continues to release more crushing and vicious atmospheric music in the future. In the meantime, any fan of Atmospheric BM cannot afford to miss this little gem.
|Album: Clangores Plenilunio
Label: Avantgarde Music
Release: February 13th, 2015
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal