April 21st of this year saw the limited edition cassette reissue of Lupercalia from Italy’s black metal band Selvans. The album was originally released in 2015 on Avantgarde Music but with the Folkvangr reissue, now is the perfect time for those who missed it initially to experience the band’s take on cults and folklore from their home country set to wildly expressive, expansive and — at times — epic music. We recently had the opportunity to ask Haruspex our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and don’t forget to grab your copy before they’re gone.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I got into music when I was really young, learning piano and playing classic composers, then I began to write my own music. Making music is what I love to do, it is a ‘need’ for me and for this reason I don’t give fuck about ‘level of success’ and things like that.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
I don’t have any debasing fact or other embrassing story to tell. I’m sorry…
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
One great thing is that it is easy to produce an album and release it by yourself via platforms like Bandcamp. At the same time this means that there are a lot of new bands every day and the most part of them are shit, this is definitely the worst cancer in the genre right now.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
Respect for our history, for the place where I lived, its cults, folklore and cultural heritage and contempt for any other things. My music reflects this attitude.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I think when I bought ‘Iron Maiden’ and ‘Killers’ from a record shop of my town, I was 13 years old. My parents didn’t mind about it.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
My advice is: try to study and correctly understand a musical project before writing anything about it.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Selvans is my personal cult so I wish for myself to continue to make music the way I want until I won’t be able to do it.
Many thanks to Haruspex for his time!