On second view, I should have known better; the drummer of this three-person outfit is Otrebor, who also mans the kettles at green metallers Botanist – a band that only sings about vegetation and uses a dulcimer to create experimental black metal. So it should come as no surprise that Ophidian Forest doesn't exactly follow the Trve Metal handbook step-by-step.
So, how does it sound, then? Well, imagine a cross between dungeon synth (you know, cheesy synth sounds) and black metal (shrieks, blast beats, complex song structures). Throw in a couple of real ear-worm tunes, and you're pretty close. In most songs, the guitar is buried under a wall of synthesizer sounds, only occasionally managing to crawl to the surface. It still sounds cvlt, though, thanks to the lo-fi drumming and Amalgamoth's shrieking.
Almost every song has something special on offer. In opener “Nerthus”, halfway through there's what sounds like a hellish fanfare piping their way through a dense forest. Instrumental “Viredectis” has synth sounds that wouldn't be out of place on a John Carpenter soundtrack. There's banjo's, flutes, eerie vocals, you name it. And weirdly enough, it all comes together perfectly, sounding like a modern-day pagan ritual.
Ophidian Forest is a three-man band, existing since 2006. Fascinatingly, the three members (Otrebor, guitarist D, and Dutchman Amalgamoth) have never met in person, but create their music while collaborating over the internet. Pretty cyberish for a band who only sings about elder, forgotten gods. All in all, I'm quite impressed by this unique work of metal!