Tuesday 28 February 2023

['selvə] - Doma

Labels: A Fond d'Cale/Cave Canem D.I.Y/General Soreness/Hardcore For The Losers/Hesitation/Nothing Left/Overdrive Records/Piu Amici Meno Storie Records/Shove Records/Tatano Records/Zegema Beach Records

Formats: Vinyl/CD/Tape/Digital

Release Date: 14 Feb 2018


1. Silen

2. Joy

Time's properly flying right now. I have this week off from the day job but it mostly consists of DIY (urgh!), which I'm ambitious but rubbish at. Thankfully the evenings allow time for me to write, while also running in my new hi-fi. I'm back on the Zegema Beach Records roster trail tonight, focusing on the 2018 release Doma by Italian post-black metal/emo band ['selvə]. This two song record was released on vinyl, cd and tape (as well as digitally) via a whole host of labels, including ZBR who pressed a run of tapes for Canada/North America, as well as further afield of course. 

['selvə] (or Selva) performs post-black/hardcore in such a sensitive and exciting way. Doma opener ‘Silen’ starts with a slow, atmospheric build-up that leads into blasting blackened screamo after about four minutes. Beyond that point, it doesn’t let up in it’s intensity. Even when things seem to settle down for a period of time, there’s still an underlying sense of unease, despite Selva’s beautiful musicianship and genuine vocal delivery.

Second song ‘Joy’ is immediately frenetic and bathed in a rawness that’s very endearing. Granted, it’s also very heavy, almost mesmerically so at times with the repeated riffs that sit atop the recording. It’s amazing how a band can produce a release that’s so involving in the space of just two songs. Selva was part of a three-way split CD last October, so hopefully there’s more to come from them this year or in the future.

Italy as a country provides surprise after musical surprise. From the often theatrical, to instrumental progressiveness and also it’s emotive metal/screamo community, it has it all if you’re willing to put the time in. Selva is a fantastic band. Nothing more needs to be said.

You can stream and buy Doma on vinyl, CD and digital formats directly from Selva below:-

Physical copies of Doma are still available from a couple of the OG releasing labels below:-

General Soreness - https://www.discogs.com/seller/General_Soreness/

Hardcore For The Losers - https://hardcoreforthelosers.bandcamp.com/album/selv-doma-lp

Cave Canem D.I.Y - https://www.facebook.com/CaveCanemDIY

General Soreness - https://www.facebook.com/generalsorenessrecords

Hardcore For The Losers - https://www.facebook.com/HardcoreForTheLosers

Hesitation - https://www.facebook.com/hesitationdiy

Nothing Left Records - https://www.facebook.com/NothingLeftRecords

Overdrive Records - https://www.facebook.com/overdrivesrl/

Shove Records - https://www.facebook.com/SHOVE-records

Zegema Beach Records - https://www.facebook.com/zegemabeachrecords

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