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Ophidian I Recruits New Drummer Stefán Ari Stefánsson

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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