With a release date set for the 13th February, Avandgarde Music has debuted “Lupercale”, a track from “Clangores Plenilunio”, the debut five-track EP from Black-Folk Metallers SELVANS. Fans of the band will be somewhat familiar with the track, as a digital single edit was released a few months ago, but now the track is finally available in its entirety and running for over 9 minutes. The track can be heard at this location, where the EP, in digipack and digital versions, as well as a special bundle that includes a T shirt and poster of the band’s much lauded artwork, can be pre-ordered.
Track listing for “Clangores Plenilunio”, which includes cover of “… In the Woods” from the “Heart of Ages” album by Norway’s IN THE WOODS as follows:
2. Clangores Plenilunio
4. … In the Woods (In the Woods cover)
Formed following the demise of DRAUGR, who called it quits last year after 10 years as one of the top Black-Folk Metal bands on the Italian scene, SELVANS sets out to recreate the mysticism and the folklore of the different ethnic cultures that inhabited Italy throughout the ages. To do this the band uses not only its music and lyrics, but also its aesthetics, and, in fact, the release date of “Clangores Plenilunio” was specifically chosen as the 13th February is the date on which the the ancient Lupercalis Festival began. The lineup on “Clangores Plenilunio” includes Selvans Haruspex (Ursus Arctos of DRAUGR) on vocals, keyboards and traditional instruments , Sethlans Fulguriator (Mors of DRAUGR) on guitar, and DRAUGR co-founders Stolas on bass and the late Jonny Morelli on drums and vocals. It is very much a bittersweet release for the band, who want it to be a tribute to Morelli, who was tragically killed in a motorbike accident shortly after finishing recording the drums and part of the vocals.
As Selvans Haruspex recently explained, he and Morelli handled the vocals between them, with Haruspex finishing what Morelli was sadly unable to. “Jonny and I worked closely together when it came to deciding on the lyrical theme for the song, and we did a lot of research on the Sibyl’s Cave, which, legend has it, is located in the Marche region of central Italy. The fascination of this place, and the legends associated with it, was a great inspiration to us and we had planned to use the folklore surrounding it in several SELVANS pieces in the future. Although Jonny died before he could finish parts of the text, I completed them, and whilst “Clangores Plenilunio” is the first piece that features the Appennine Sybil, it definitely won’t be the last”. A video teaser for the title track can be seen below:
SELVANS will be playing a series of shows in support of “Clangores Plenilunio”, the first two having already been confirmed as follows:
07 March, Romaobscura III Festival, Traffic Live Club, Rome, Italy
27 March, Ride ‘n’ Roll, Chieti, Italy