"Along with Downfall Of Nur, Progenie Terrestre Pura, Earth And Pillars and several others, Selvans are one of the most interesting bands that helped giving new life to black metal in Italy in the ‘10s. Since their debut EP Clangores Plenilunio, here at Avantgarde Music we’ve always been extremely proud of the duo from Abruzzo, and now, three years after their acclaimed Lupercalia debut they are ready to outdo themselves.
Faunalia is Selvans sophomore album, where the band evolved and broadened their sound: their personal take on tradition and black metal is now enriched by many unexpected Italian influences. This is why the band chose to define Faunalia “A Dark Italian Opus”: the use of progressive-oriented Hammond organs, synths and neofolk interludes is a heartfelt ode to the Italian musical tradition of the last four decades and more. Black metal mutates and changes and drifts away to reach the shores of orchestral, cinematic music, as Selvans developed long, unpredictable pieces like “Magna Mater, Maior Mons” having in mind both black metal and Ennio Morricone. Yet, the final outcome is surprisingly natural and consistent, something only great artists can obtain through far-fetched experimentation."
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