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Origin Liguria, Italy
Genres Black metal[1][2]
Progressive black metal[3][4]
Melodic black metal[5]
Post metal[6]
Years active 2004–present
Labels Pagan Moon Records
Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music
Associated acts Black Flame, Slavia, Tronus Abyss, Daemusinem, Dying Awkward Angel, Disiplin, Glorior Belli, Dead to this World, Allost, Dark Reality, Mortuary Drape, Lymph of Wisdom, Denial (band), Malombra
Website www.janvs.it/
Members Matteo "Vinctor" Barelli
Claudio "Malphas" Fogliato
Massimo "m:A Fog" Altomare
Past members Francesco La Rosa

Janvs is a progressive black metal[7][8] band from Genova, Italy. The band take their name from the Roman god Janus. They're known for using a Latin style of spelling in their band name and song/album names by replacing the letter "U" with the letter "V" (hence how Janus is spelled Janvs instead).


Janvs was born in 2004 by Matteo Barelli on vocals/guitar, Claudio Fogliato on bass, and Francesco La Rosa on drums. They released their debut album "Nigredo" on September 1, 2004, limited to a hand-numbered 88 total copies.[9]Their next album didn't come until 2007, entitled "FVLGVRES", the album is a concept album about "the shattering of human limits and condition, upon the longing and the temporary conquest of real moments of awareness and contact with the peaks of transcendence." The band released a song called “Pietas I” on a sampler called “B.M.I.A. Compilation”.[10] In 2008 the bands original drummer, Francesco, left the group. He has since been replaced by respected Italian drummer Massimo Altomare (m:A Fog), making Janvs one of the many musical projects he has become a part of. The band has also been covered in well-known metal magazines, such as Terrorizer (even having a controversy with each other),[11] Decibel,[12] and even STALKER Magazine,[13] and described as having musical element akin to bands such as Ulver.


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Francesco La Rosa - Drums, keyboards, samples



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