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Ophis : Empty, Silent And Cold

Ophis is the solo project of Philipp Kruppa, the drummer of German Thrash Metal band Rain of Ashes. The project was started to serve as an emotional outlet for Philipp in the form of doom/death metal.

After a short organ intro, the CD starts with the horribly misplaced 'Sledgehammer Assfuck'. Perhaps there is some lyrical explanation for a title like this; sadly it was not present in my demo CD. The song is pretty thin, basically just some heavy riffs placed in a certain order, without any apparent inspiration.

Luckily for Philipp, there are also songs like 'Pazuzu', 'The Mirror Never Lies' (which is dedicated to all of Philipp’s ex-girlfriends) and the title track. On these tracks he shows that he is indeed capable of composing and playing very decent slow melodic doom/death on his own. The catchy, heavy riffs are combined with interesting and often very doomy melodic lines and excellent reverbed grunts.

Ophis was once a full band and I hope Philipp will be able to continue along these lines with new band members to support him in the future. Despite the bad start, this is actually a very good demo, which has that little extra atmosphere that sets it above many other bands that follow the same musical direction today. Worth checking out for any doom(/death) fan. Band contact: amon6@freenet.de

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Bereavement I: In Praise Of Demise
2. Sledgehammer Assfuck
3. Pazuzu
4. Bereavement II: Solitude
5. The Mirror Never Lies
6. Caressing The Dead
7. Bereavement III: Sepulture Raindrops
8. Empty, Silent and Cold
9. Foulmere

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Ophis bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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