Italy’s Selva – stylized [‘selvə] – is a potent purveyor of blackened post-hardcore. Their 2016 album Eléo was impressive enough as it was, but I think they truly hit the nail right on its head with their just-released EP Doma. With only two tracks, the twenty-five-minute record delivers a level of aggression only matched by their Swiss cousins Rorcal. Indeed, the similarities are unescapable: both “Silen” and “Joy” sound like they could have been on any Rorcal album.
Such comparisons are always a bit diminutive of the work of their respective artists, so let me just try to correct the shot. Doma is an amazing EP that’s filled with hauntingly depressive chords flying over well-dosed blast beats, with poignant screams that chill the bones. Yes, it does draw comparisons to Rorcal, but in a good way. This niche sound is no longer held by a monopoly, but a few independent voices that make awesome, blood-curdling music on their own. Be sure to give Selva more than one chance!