Icelandic Tech Death outfit OPHIDIAN I are now unveiling the brand new song ‘Diamonds’, which is taken from the band’s upcoming release ‘Desolate’. The album is scheduled for world-wide release on July 16th, 2021 via Season of Mist. The track can be listened to via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel HERE. The track is available for pre-saving on all other digital platforms HERE.
The band comments on the new album and track:
“With ‘Desolate’ we set out to create a very technical album but with a strong emphasis on harmony and songwriting. With ‘Diamonds’ being written late in the process and at a point where we had become comfortable with the direction and sound of the band; it came together very quickly and truly embodied the spirit of what we’d been going for. We spoke to Guilherme about making a video for this song and he was quick to get on board with the concepts we brought to him. The end result came out fantastic and we are ecstatic to bring you ‘Diamonds’“
Pre-orders are now live HERE
The artwork for ‘Desolate‘, which has been created by Eliran Kantor, can now be viewed together with the album details below.
1. Diamonds (4:35) (WATCH)
2. Spiral To Oblivion (3:31)
3. Storm Aglow (4:12)
4. Unfurling The Crescent Moon (2:53)
5. Sequential Descent (4:31)
6. Captive Infinity (3:43)
7. Enslaved In A Desolate Swarm (4:05)
8. Dominion Eyes (3:13)
9. Jupiter (4:01)
10. Wither On The Vine (4:07)
With a clear goal of reaching the apex of technical metal in terms of proficiency, arrangements and sound, OPHIDIAN I has produced the destructive full-length album ‘Desolate’.
Emerging from Iceland; the barren island in the north, home to apocalyptic weather, eruptions, and storms. The breeding intensity, blazing speed, and ferocity of OPHIDIAN I reflects the chaos it hails from as well as the inherent beauty and complex harmony. Consisting of familiar faces within the Icelandic scene as members of bands such as Helfró, Beneath, Une Misère and Atrum; OPHIDIAN I set forth with the intent of testing the boundaries of the extreme, while retaining focus on composition and arrangements.
After getting together and realizing the goal was within reach, the band spent days upon days in the rehearsal space expanding and calibrating their physical and mental abilities in order to actualize the envisioned form of OPHIDIAN I. Bound and determined to create an absolute no-compromise piece of work, OPHIDIAN I headed to the studio after having honed in on the direction and arrangements of the 10 songs that were to become ‘Desolate’. Remaining extremely meticulous throughout the process, the methodically performed tracks were handed over to Christian Donaldson (THE GRID) for mixing and mastering. To finalize the vision, Eliran Kantor took to creating artwork fitting the aforementioned direction and soundscape. With the completion of ‘Desolate’ the raison d’être of OPHIDIAN I had been established and partially fulfilled. Bringing the ferocity to the masses is now a central objective.
Incessantly at work, OPHIDIAN I is a monumental brute-force to be reckoned with. Amidst the dominant roster at Season of Mist, OPHIDIAN I will be unyielding in their claim to be amongst the titans of the industry. With various influences ranging from all styles, the unique melt of technical death metal – with immersive melody and hooks at every corner – ‘Desolate’ will appeal to all those who seek peak militant musicianship on all fronts.
Ragnar Sverrisson – Drums
Daníel Máni Konráðsson – Guitar
Simon Thorolfsson – Guitar
Þórður Hermannsson – Bass
John Olgeirsson – Vocals
Recording studio: Sundlaugin Studio
Stephen Lockhart (drums)
Daníel Máni Konráðsson & Ophidian I (guitars, bass, vocals)
Produced by: Daníel Máni Konráðsson
Mixing studio and engineer: The Grid, Christian Donaldson
Mastering studio and engineer: The Grid, Christian Donaldson
Guest musicians: Julian Parry – vocals on ‘Dominion Eyes’
Cover artwork artist: painted by Eliran Kantor