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Progressive black metal
Melodic black metal
|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, Malombra|
|Members||Matteo "Vinctor" Barelli
Claudio "Malphas" Fogliato
Massimo "m:A Fog" Altomare
|Past members||Francesco La Rosa|
Janvs is a progressive black metal 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 began in 2004 with 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. 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. In 2008 the band's 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 He has since been replaced by respected Italian drummer Massimo Altomare (m:A Fog), making Janvs one of the many musical projects he has become a part of.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) and Decibel. They have been described as being musically akin to bands such as Ulver.
- Matteo "Vinctor" Barelli – vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming
- Claudio "Malphas" Fogliato – bass
- Massimo "m:A Fog" Altomare – drums
- Francesco La Rosa – drums, keyboards, samples
- "Encyclopaedia Metallum - Janvs - Nigredo". Metal-archives.com. 2004-09-01. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "Janvs – Discover music, concerts, & pictures at". Last.fm. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- "Janvs: censored?". Terrorizer.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23.[permanent dead link]
- story by Adrien Begrand. "Janvs". Decibel Magazine. Archived from the original on January 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-23.