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This CD is the real deal! many albums where you see members of great projects getting together it can lead to miracle or disaster and this one is not a dissapointment at all, it's not your every day black metal project.
The atmosphere of the music is very dark, gloomy and mysterious. from what I know about the Ophthalamia project; it's based on a fantasy land conceived by IT and this album will take you there and give you a good sense of what it's like to be there.
The guitars are very melodic and hypnotizing at times throughout the entire album, and it picks up with parts that very heavy and gloomy, almost even depressing at times but still maintaining it's initial element of mysteriousness which give life to Ophthalamia.
The bass is very present in the album, it makes many appearances over the guitar, and then blends right back in to give the music that "chuggy" doom sound.
The vocals done by the late Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection, give the right aggressive feel to the music, the entire recording of this album could not have been completed without the sound of his piercing vocals!
It's very clear that this project has influenced of Black Sabbath; that cannot be denied but they incorperate their own originality to give it that creepy Ophthalamian feel, it litterally takes you to where they want you to be.
This is just one of those albums you have to hear to believe, it's quite a memorable album, and would make a fine addition to any metal collection. it's gloomy, dark, heavy, melodic and has a very creepy edge to it! Other Ophthalamia releases are very good but not quite like this, this entire album runs very well and the musicianship is incredible, I strongly reccomend you give it a listen if you're able to locate a copy.