The phrase ‘crushing doom’ was made for a band like Onirophagus. Well, ‘crushing death/doom’ is more accurate I suppose, but it probably doesn’t matter too much. The operative word here is ‘crushing’. Continue reading
For the most part this colossal album is a slow-moving beast of depression and negativity, encapsulated in morbid Doom Metal.
Ophis do have a Death Metal influence, however, which rears its ugly head now and again, most noticeably on the final track Resurrectum.
The songs are long and the mood bleak. There is no light in the world of Ophis, only varying shades of grey and pain.
The band boast a crushing production that allows the slowness to unveil at its own pace. The strong drum sound underpins everything whilst the guitars chug and wail. Plaintive melodies and downbeat auras pervade everything, with these being overlain by the deep growls of the vocalist.
This is a long and involving album that lasts the course and doesn’t get boring. The added Death Metal influences mean it doesn’t become stale or one dimensional and the songs have enough top riffs and melodies to satisfy fans of this style.
Ophis have produced an album that may be rooted in everything miserable and depressing but that I, for one, find really enjoyable and worthy.
Check them out.