Eléo‘s four songs contain the elements in Selva‘s debut, but the album is more focused and the band are unafraid to unleash a sheer onslaught on the listener. There is still melody hidden behind the sheets of blackness and there are segments of awe-inspiring musicianship, such as the coda of ‘Alma’ where the violin of Nicola Manzan (of the brilliantly named classically-tinged grind outfit Bologna Violenta) introduces a widescreen guitar melody which, weirdly, made me think of the Cult’s Love album, while drummer Tommy shows that there is far more to his repertoire than blinding blast beats. Those three and a bit minutes of that song is one of my favourite pieces of music this year, if not ever – it is amazing.
- Echoes And Dust
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