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Ophis : Nostrae Mortis Signaculum

The name Ophis is greek for snake. And just as all snakes are killers, so these guys are as well. This doom/death mCD not only kills, but it buries the myth that My Dying Bride is the doctrine of this sub genre. They sound nothing like them. However, if you compare them to the aggressive death/doomsters from Australia, diSEMBOWELMENT, you would find quite a few similarities.

The music on this mCD seems to be based upon the grim truths of nihilistic philosophy. And just as that philosophy preaches, there is no hope whatsoever in the music, which is made apparent by the chugging riffage, the occasional up-tempo death metal sections, and the dark growls which seems like the vocalist wants to bite your neck off. Everything about Ophis brings out the venom of this world. Even the pale, skinny girl on the cover has a rope coiled around her neck. Life is cruel and these guys show that with no filters.

But there is one exception to this horrid music. That is the fourth track, 'Nostrae Mortis Signaculum'. Its name means "the sign of our demise". It's a sad, but calm and somewhat comforting ambient track. My guess is that the only comfort amongst all of this grimness of life, is the fact that we will all die some day. Another good guess would be that this is the feeling of what comes after death. A calm eternity without all the grief above.

The last few words I'd like to say is that I would not recommend this music to suicidal persons. This is music that breaks down your hope and your will to live. However, those who enjoys brutal doom/death and who can survive the experience should go ahead and give it a listen.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Funeral
2. Kennel Of Enstrangement
3. Convert To Nihilism
4. Nostrae Mortis Signaculum

Duration : Approx. 25 minutes

Visit the Ophis bandpage.

Reviewed on 28-09-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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