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Ophidius – The Throat of the World [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Instrumental / Technical Death Metal
Ophidius is a instrumental death metal band, which is inspired by the video game series Elder Scrolls. The album itself is inspired by The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Their 2013 release, The Throat of the World is four tracks in length, and has about 25 minutes worth of listening materials. 
“Where To Hang Your Enemy’s Head” is the third song off of this EP. The pace of the song is really upbeat and very fast, from the second you start the song you’re bombarded with trash-like sounding technical death metal. The song varies between sounds, sometimes it is extremely technical and sounds similar to Rings of Saturn in some parts. But in other parts, it is melodic, and in others, just straight death metal with a lot of blast beats. Near the middle of the song, there is a progressive sounding breakdown as well.
The following song is “Discerning The Transmundane” and it is the final song on the album. The pace of this song, like the previous one, is really upbeat. It is a bit slower than the previous song as well, but in some parts it matches it in speed. Though the instrumentals in this song are similar in description than “Where To Hang Your Enemy’s Head,” the song sounds very different. They keep to their technical sounding instrumentals, with some exceptions for some melodic portions, deathcore portions, and some power metal parts here and there. 
The Throat of the World is an album that is had to describe because there is so much to describe about it. The entire album takes the listener on an adventure, similar to what Skyrim does for the player. Each song sounds different, and that is something I really like, because a lot of instrumental albums will keep the same sound throughout the entire album. This is not the case here. To sum it up, this album is fucking good and I recommend you giving it a listen. It’s name your price on their Bandcamp page, so you have no reason not to download it.

Score: 4.5/5

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