Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ophidian Forest/Redbad/2007 cd review

Ophidian Forest are a band that consists of members from Croatia, Netherlands, and San Francisco that plays viking/pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2007 album Redbad.

Drums are mostly slow parts that sound really good with the epic pagan metal this band plays and there is some blast beats that are really fast, while the bass playing has a really dark and mysterious tone and you can actually hear it.

Rythym guitars on this recording are mostly slow to mid pace riffing that brings back memories of some of the more underground black/pagan metal bands of the 90's and there is also alot of fast riffs that sound very crushing aand there is not a lead or guitar solo anywhere on this album.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams that sound really evil with some occasional clean Viking vocals, while the production sounds very raw and primal, as far as the lyrics they cover Asataru Shamanism with a very well detailed and studied approach, and there are also alot of anti-christian themes as well. Keyboards are very rarely used on this album but when they show up you can hear alot of melodies that sound really dark.

In my opinion this is a really good album where all the songs sound different from each other which is usually a problem with some bands and I hear alot of potentanal in the music, and I would like to hear more music from this band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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