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Ophidian I

From: Iceland
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Below is our complete Ophidian I 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.

Ophidian I Recruits Drummer

After the departure of Tumi Snær Gíslason last year, Iceland's Ophidian I has now announced Stefán Ari Stefánsson of Gone Postal as the band's new permanent drummer.

Stefán “Stebbi” Ari Stefánsson has been sitting behind the kit during the last few months as a live member and is now working with the band on new material tentatively scheduled for release later this year. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Since 2010, the Icelandic technical death metal ensemble Ophidian I have cut a swathe through the Icelandic metal scene. Fusing together a myriad of influences such as Necrophagist, Obscura and the Faceless, Ophidian I has crafted an intricate yet ferocious breed of death metal, combining sophisticated songwriting with lyrical themes such as eschatology and the darker sides of human history.

"In June, 2011, Ophidian I started work on their debut album Solvet Saeclum. Recorded in Studio Sýrland and produced by Jóhann Ingi of Studio Fossland, Solvet Saeclum was released in June 2012 through SFC Records. Met with positive reviews from critics and fans alike, Ophidian I had gained a lot of momentum. This combined with limitless passion and great ambition, Ophidian I aim to further refine their music and widen their audience."

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Ophidian I Recruits New Guitarist

Icelandic act Ophidian I, which was covered in the technical death metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has announced the addition of guitarist Máni Konráðsson from Gruesome Glory to the group’s ranks.

Máni, who was tapped to replace Unnar Sigurdsson will make his live debut with the band next Friday, December 14th at the "Fjandinn Metal Fest" in Reykjavik, Iceland. The following press release was also issued about the band:

"Despite hailing from Iceland, a land that doesn’t have a strong tradition in heavy music, Ophidian I present us 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' offers well-crafted and brutally intense death metal tunes with enough of technical details and complex time signatures to keep Guitar World subscribers fully occupied. However, these tracks aren't overly technical just for the sake of it as 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 really crafted a stunning record that gives us a very refreshing take on the technical death metal genre and should be must a must-have work for fans of Obscura, Necrophagist and The Faceless."

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Unearthing The Technical Death Metal Underground

That familiar old school and brutal sound is the foundation on which much of extreme metal is based, but death metal has come a long way since its origins, and plenty of bands have taken it closer the extremes of human ability.

Technical death metal pushes the boundaries of the style, making the music faster, more intricate, and sometimes absurdly complex. Tech-death also generally puts the bass more up toward the front than in either the brutal or melodic varieties, which often leads to some crossover into “progressive” territory and adds a grounding in melody for a point of reference in the storm of metal.

While acts like Obscura and The Faceless get plenty of press and are fairly well known in the metal world, this week we’re going to unearth three lesser-known acts that should be in your technical death metal rotation.

Ophidian I

This newly formed Icelandic group is getting ready to release a debut album later on during the summer, dropping an apocalyptic death metal bomb filled with blistering solos and plenty of brutality. The tracks that have been released so far will definitely appeal to fans of Necrophagist or similar acts. Check out tech-death insanity below by listening to the title track off the new album “Solvet Saeclum” or the earlier demo track “Zone of Alienation.”

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Ophidian I Streaming New Album's Title Track

Icelandic technical death metal act Ophidian I has posted the title track online from the band's upcoming debut album, "Solvet Saeclum," which can be heard below. The album is scheduled for release this summer on SFC Records.

Ophidian I also commented on the band's themes and history:

"The lyrical themes include eschatology (the study of ideas that are believed to be the final events in history, commonly referred to as the end of the world), the past and future of human history and the fate of the universe.

"In January 2011 the first recording sessions began in Studio Sýrland, one of the biggest recording studios in Iceland, where drums and acoustic instruments were recorded. Guitar, bass and vocals were recorded with the help from one of Iceland's finest black metal bands, Atrum. When all tracks had been laid down it was mixed and mastered by Jóhann Ingi (Beneath) in Sweden. In June of 2011 it was announced on sfcollector.ru that Ophidian I had signed a deal with SFC records and that a full length album is scheduled for an early 2012 release."

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