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Ophidian Forest

From: Croatia
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Latest Ophidian Forest News

Below is our complete Ophidian Forest news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Haeresiarchs Of Dis To Release Split Album

Haeresiarchs of Dis, which will be releasing new album "Thirty-Eighth Sermon of the Unborn" on November 27th through Moribund Cult, has now issued the following announcement about an upcoming split CD:

"Very shortly UW Records (my micro-record label) will release the long awaited split CD between Haeresiarchs of Dis and Ophidian Forest! Should be available generally everywhere by end of this month. Been looking forward to this project for a very long time!

"This record most probably represents the last physical CD release under the UW Records imprint (because let's face it, times have changed); but we're very proud of what we've accomplished thus far, now with six CDs and a DVD release under our belt, and prouder still to be sticking to our guns to the very end, releasing a purely underground split digipack CD that is 100% raw cult true black metal all the way and not intended for mass crowd consumption in any manner.

"There is no better way to go out than on our own terms, fully compromised, and looking forward to what new technologies await. As a wise person once told me, the record industry is coming to an end; but the music industry has only just started."

Ophidian Forest was covered in the Croatian edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, and also took part in our editorial on Christian "unblack" metal versus non-Christian black metal.

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Finishes Split Material

Cernnunos announced today that the Hæresiarchs of Dis part of the "Darkest Origins" split CD with Ophidian Forest is complete. Cernunnos recently approved the final remix and mastering by Toadstool Enterprises. The cover artwork can be viewed here.

Cernunnos' contribution to the collection is a remixing of the 2010 "Dis" demo material released by Toadstool Enterprises in 2010.

"The Toadstool release was extremely raw (though much improved over the original cassette tape from which it came), and while it remains the favorite of all my releases, I felt some adjustments would be beneficial," Cernunnos stated. "In addition to the demo, I pulled some more material from the old tapes, one which was a piano practice session from very long ago."

In total, three additional tracks from the demo era have been mixed, improved upon, and added to the release. As a bonus, Cernunnos has re-recorded a track from the debut "Overture" release.

"I do not play live, so do not have any live performances to share. Re-recording the track was both an experiment and a way to keep alive--in my mind--the older material. The track was originally written around 2002."

The "Darkest Origins" CD will be released later in 2012 by UW records. The track listing is: More...

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Haeresiarchs Of Dis Announces Split Album

Cernunnos of Haeresiarchs of Dis has issued the following update about releasing a split with Ophidian Forest:

"The remixing of the Dis demo has been completed for the 'Darkest Origins' release on UW Records this year. The original demo material has been remixed with three previously unreleased bonus tracks from that period. A re-recorded version of 2008's 'Overture' release 'Circle' has also been confirmed. A video release for 'Circle' will follow around time of the CD release."

The track listing for the "Dis" material is as follows:

1) Black Prophecies
2) Chaos Plague
3) Wolfmoon
4) Manifestation
5) Tangible Hatred
Bonus:
6) Heritage of the Night
7) The Devil's Whoremonger
8) Blood and Souls

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Ophidian Forest Announces Split Release

Ophidian Forest has issued the following announcement about releasing a split album with Greek act Pyrifleyethon:

"Pyrifleyethon / Ophidian Forest split CD called 'Summoning of the Igneous;' is available for order. It consists of an intro and six new tracks (three tracks by each band). Excellent Greek old school black metal meets something you haven't quite heard from Ophidian Forest, or any other band, before."

The cover artwork can be viewed below.

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Unearthing The Croatian Metal Underground

Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we'll dig into three rocking outfits all hailing from Croatia.

Croatia isn't typically the first band one thinks of when looking for new bands, but metal is famous for being an international phenomena with amazing groups coming from the least well known places. We'll start off our look at Croatian extreme metal acts with two bands heavily influenced by black metal and one that heads into much more groovy territory.

J.W. Pozoj

J.W. Pozoj is an act that mixes the old school black metal vibe with a series of avant-garde and artsy song arrangements. From the abrasive and harsh vocals to the atmospheric clean segments, there's a little of something for everyone from this fantastic act that should be more well known among black metal fans.

The group has a trilogy of linked albums going through the cycle of “Birth,” “Escape,” and “Return.” You can check out Metalunderground.com's review of "Escape of Pojoz" at this location or read our interview with the band members discussing their music here.

To get a taste of what J.W. Pozoj has to offer, check out the band's MySpace page or listen to the songs “I Am The Forest," “Careless Are Your Souls," and “Hisperia” in the clips below.

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Ophidian Forest Posts "Messiah Of The Trees" Song

Croatian based black metal act Ophidian Forest has posted the song "Messiah Of The Trees" online, which is off the band's 2010 album "Plains." You can listen to the song in the clip below.

Ophidian Forest guitarist Zaragil also recently took part in a series of interviews for Metalunderground.com dealing with the subject of religious "unblack" metal. You can check out Zargil's interview here.

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OpEd

The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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