Ophidian Forest are an international band with members from the U.S.A and Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very progressive form of pagan black metal and this is a review of their 2018 album "votIVe" which will be released on October 26th by Code666.
Atmospheric sounding keyboards start off the album along with some powerful sounding bass guitars a few seconds later while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams as well as the riffs also being done in a very heavy and melodic style and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
At times the music gets very progressive and experimental sounding while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style along with the music also bringing in a great amount of psychedelic elements and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard.
When tremolo picking is utilized at gives the songs more of a raw feeling while a touch of free jazz is also added into some part of the music along with the tracks also bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and at times elements of folk music are also utilized on the recording.
On this recording Ophidian Forest takes their pagan black metal style into more of an experimental and progressive direction, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Norse Paganism, Mythology, Mysticism, History and Nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ophidian Forest and if you are a fan of progressive pagan/black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nerthus" "Vagdavercustis" and "Hella". 8 out of 10.