Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ophtalamia/To Elisha/Necropolis Records/1996 CD Review

Ophtalamia are a band from Sweden that was another one of IT's projects and they played a style that I would describe as being a mixture of black metal and doom metal, and this is a review of their 1996 album "To Elishia" which was a reissue of all their demos and this album come out in 1996.

Drums are mostly slow and midpaced on this recording with only a small amount of fast playing or blast beats with the exceprion of their cover of Mayhem;s "Deatcrush", as for the keyboards when they are used they have a 70's metal vibe to them, as for the bass playing it has a very dark and heavy sound mixed in with a primal edge.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow riffs that mix black metal, doom metal and 70's metal together and since these are demo songs they sound more primal than the full length albums that came out later and there is a little bit of some fast playing, while the lead guitars have a very melodic and doomy feel to them.

Vocals are a mixture between high pitched black metal screams and deep death metal growls mixed in with a little bit of clean singing male and female vocals, while the lyrics are written in a mixture of English and Swedish that cover some depressing themes and also seem to have a mythology of their own, as for the production it has a very raw demo sound to it.

In my opinion Ophthalamia where a very original band for there time and if you interested in hearing the roots of black/doom metal you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Lonely Ceremony/The Eternal Walk" "Enter The Darkest Thoughts Of The Chosen/Agony's Silent Paradise" and "Sacrifice" which is a Bathory cover.