The Skinny: Despite hailing from Iceland, a land that doesn’t have a strong tradition in heavy music, Ophidian I present the world with a crushing and technical precise death metal sound that can rival with some of the more well-known names in the genre. Their debut full-length album Solvet Saeclum proffers well-crafted and brutally intense death metal tunes with enough technical details and complex time signatures to keep Guitar World subscribers fully occupied.
These tracks however, aren’t overly technical just for the sake of it. Instead Ophidian I have crafted solid and inspired tunes that not only showcase their advanced musicianship, but are also catchy and capable of resonating in your mind. While this type of fusion has been attempted with varying degrees of success in the past, Ophidian I have released a stunning record that offers a very refreshing take on technical death metal and should be a must-have for fans of Obscura, Necrophagist and The Faceless.