Septicflesh - Ophidian Wheel

8.3 | 179 votes |
Release date: 1997
Style: Atmospheric death metal


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01. The Future Belongs To The Brave
02. The Ophidian Wheel
03. Phallic Litanies
04. Razor Blades Of Guilt
05. Tartarus
06. On The Topmost Step Of The Earth
07. Microcosmos
08. Geometry In Static
09. Shamanic Rite
10. Heaven Below
11. Enchantment
12. The Ophidian Wheel [Season of Mist 2013 reissue]
13. Phallic Litanies [Season of Mist 2013 reissue]
14. On The Topmost Step Of The Earth [Season of Mist 2013 reissue]

Spiros "Seth" Antoniou - vocals, bass
Sotiris Vayenas - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Christos "Chris" Antoniou - guitars, keyboards

Session musicians
Kostas Savvidis - drums

Guest musicians
Natalie Rassoulis - vocals

Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Praxis Studio in October/November 1996.
Produced by Septic Flesh and Lambros Sfuris.
Executive production by Holy Records.

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16.01.2012 - 20:42
Rating: 8

Although i believe it to be of septicflesh's weaker album, it still has some well-structured songs within. Very good guitar work, and his vocals are still second to none. I only wish the production was slightly louder...
03.08.2014 - 16:38
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
Great album. The one, on which the band started to experiment with the sound. Natalie Rassoulis' charming vocals also add up to the experience.
My personal favourites: The Ophidian Wheel, Phallic Litanies, Shamanic Rite, Heaven Below.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
30.12.2014 - 03:18
Lilith Agerton

I like these album much more and like guitar work fullalbum is good but i wish it louder sound
11.01.2019 - 14:33
Rating: 5
i c deaf people
Childhood memories - but not of that kind you are happy to remember...

In the late 70's, I had a cassette called 'Two symphonic fairy tales for children'. Side A featured Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and the B side an interpretation of Tschaikowski's "The Nutcracker". You know, this kind of educational stuff, where the storybook characters are represented by instruments or musical themes. The wolf sounding like a french horn and whatever I luckily don't recall anymore.
Back then, I hated this cassette very much and I guess it forever spoiled my understanding and appreciation of classical music. Fortunately, I could bury most of these haunting memories deep inside of my innocent childhood's subconsciousness for many years.

Anyway, some of these memories managed to creep into my consciousness again while listening to this album. The orchestral instrumentation of some songs is so awful that I literally saw the nutcracker, the wolf, Peter, his grandfather and all those other enemies and molestors of my childhood's inviolacy right infront of me - but dressed up as oboe, bassoon, tam-tam, harps and clarinet.

I loved Communion, but to my ears, at least 50% of this album's content is utter garbage. I just can't stand it.
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