Selvans are a band from Italy that plays a mixture of folk and symphonic black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Lupercalia" which was released by Avantgarde Music.
Nature sounds start off the album along with some folk instruments and epic sounding keyboards which also leads up to more of a heavy and symphonic black metal style which also incorporates a great amount of melodic guitar solos and the fast parts also bring in a great amount of blast beats and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
When vocals are brought onto the recording they are mostly grim and high pitched black metal screams and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's symphonic style of the genre while the folk elements the songs sound more modern and there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording.
Most of the tracks being very long and epic in length and acoustic guitars can also be heard at times along with the vocals also bringing in a small amount of whispers and as the album progresses the riffs start utilizing more melody and the folk instruments also mix in with the heavier parts and there is also a brief use of clean singing present on the last track.
Selvans plays a style of symphonic black metal that is very heavily rooted in the 90's and they update this style by mixing it in with pagan folk music, the production sound s very powerful while the lyrics are written in Italian and cover Folklore, Mysticism, Oral History, Nature, Tradition, Surrealsim and Art.
In my opinion Selvans are a very great sounding mixture of pagan folk and symphonic black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Versipellis" and "Scurtchin". 8 out of 10.