Selvans
Faunalia


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (124 Reviews)
November 8th, 2018 | 25 replies


Release Date: 11/02/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All the worst that could happen turned up the best.

The world of black metal is surprisingly vast, although the uninvolved will probably still equate one variation of the genre to another, which sounds completely different to those in the know. Just a thing to think about. You can try your hardest to sound different than other black metal bands (hell, death metal has this problem too) and people with either vague knowledge of the genre or little experience with it will still barely hear a difference, because “it is all just some noise”.

What am I getting at here is that Selvans tried to sound different. Or maybe they didn’t and it just ended up sounding that way. Either way, this album is different, but only barely so. It is your standard folky black metal, but with occasionally soft post-rock inclinations, almost electronic production (although I guess it just sounds that way) and oddly high-pitched vocals that at first might put listeners off, but it is nothing impossible to get used to. Nevertheless, those aspects, as well as unexpectedly chilling gothic atmosphere, do come together into an album of unusual and unexpected beauty.

‘Unusual’ and ‘unexpected’ are also words defining this album. You don’t expect any of this to work on you. The typical black metal sections are nowhere near pushing the envelope. They are at best trite re-imaginations of any other black metal album that came before. The high-pitched vocals, though nothing new for the genre, are in and of themselves an incredibly obnoxious thing. The choir chanting that is present throughout the album has lately also become a cliché. The folk and organ parts are recorded in such a strange way that it makes them sound – as mentioned before – like electronica. And then there is the overall production that if not on a potato was definitely done with a rotten hard-boiled egg.

But again, ‘unusual’ and ‘unexpected’. This doesn’t make sense. “It is all just some noise”, as the uninvolved would say. And they’d be right. All those aspects are bound to make at best an okay album. So I blame my adoration for Faunalia on my adoration of the genre and my eternal need to seek the beauty underneath and all the hidden greatness. No, this is not a spotless album. Those things I mentioned above will most likely result in – and already are – turning people away from this (as well as some other factors that may vary from person to person). But they did not for me. So I guess it’s either that most people listening to this will pass it off as “just some noisy metal record” or that it is me who overthinks it and sees it for something it is not.



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Papa Universe
November 8th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://selvans.bandcamp.com/album/faunalia

Marehelm
November 8th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interesting

Coast
November 8th 2018


1005 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review. I haven't heard their last album which has a high average. This one hasn't quite grabbed me.

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Marehelm
November 8th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Production is perfect on this

Papa Universe
November 8th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank Devil, someone likes it.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2018


16996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Happy too see you churning out reviews again like a true madman Uni. The album did little for me but I'll revisit. Maybe. Some day.

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Divaman
November 8th 2018


4428 Comments


Nice review. I AM turning away from the album, though. (Although I kind of like the cover photo.)

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2018


10124 Comments


Nice review, although I'm not sure this is something I'd want to check. Seems conflicting.

brainmelter
November 8th 2018


6696 Comments


nice write up uni pos’d
I didn’t care for their previous album all that much so I probably won’t dig this


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Rastapunk
November 8th 2018


1357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Loved this album, can't wait for the box to arrive!

Elynna
November 8th 2018


422 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish I liked this more

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Papa Universe
November 8th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what makes you not?

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2018


16996 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

For me was mostly the vocals.

Papa Universe
November 9th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"9 out of 10 thought this review was well written"

show yourself, neg-man

bgillesp
November 11th 2018


7056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You simultaneously make this album sound disgustingly unintriguing and enticingly intriguing. Have a weird pos.

Papa Universe
November 11th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

guess the only way to find out is to listen.

bgillesp
November 11th 2018


7056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hate it when you do this to me. Or do I? I don't even know

Papa Universe
November 11th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you love it, you little ambiguity whore. go listen to it.

bgillesp
November 11th 2018


7056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Darn you

Papa Universe
November 11th 2018


22441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

your darning is granted, now go listen



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