Rating:
7.7
Opthalidon - Zero
November 2012


01. Rotten River
02. Mr. Grady
03. Dead Meat
04. Flowing Time
05. Tetraktys Hermetica


So old school heavy metal is making a comeback, thrash has had a retro phase for nearly a decade now. Black metal has never really entirely left. So why not retro industrial metal?

Behold Opthalidon.

There are two things these Italians like.

Zeros. The album title is 0 (note - temporarily labelled 'Zero' due to software issues), and the members, after each adopting the stage name Opthalidon differentiate themselves from one another by tacking, you guessed it, zeros on. Opthalidon 0, Opthalidon 00, etc.

Early industrial metal. The various 0's showcase a lot of influences in 0. In their words, they wanted to use the album to illustrate and build upon the genre's evolutionary stages. Godflesh, Pitchshifter, Fear Factory, and Red Harvest are represented as the foundations of the songs. Oh, and yes, they toss in a few samples as well to add a cool, mysterious vibe.

"Rotten River", for example, has the rumbling bass, waves of distortion building to crushing, hammered riffs. "Mr. Grady" slow builds with before twisting back and forth between dance break beats and rapid fire tremolo riffing. Other moments had me recalling that Fear Factory scored battle in the Mortal Kombat movie - unfortunately some of my furniture isn't good at taking a beating as the set of the movie.

Industrial metal, by synthesizing metal aggression with the myriad of electronic/cyber/industrial approaches, can cover a lot of ground. From the mechanized metal assault of Fear Factory to the smothering, cold, anxiety attack of Godflesh and Red Harvest to just really aggressive dance music for those not so much into the Tiesto.

Opthalidon do a fantastic job of creating songs that incorporate all these various elements. They pay heed to the past while pivoting and moving forward.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 6
Production: 8


 



Written on 06.10.2013 by
BitterCOld
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Mr. Doctor - 06.10.2013 at 23:24  
Definitely something for me to check out. Thanks for the heads up!
3rdWorld - 07.10.2013 at 05:25  
"Old School Industrial metal" ? Intriguing, will definitely check this one.
mz - 07.10.2013 at 09:36  
Consider me interested. thanks man
mz - 07.10.2013 at 09:37  
Also, what a brilliant album cover
Apothecary - 07.10.2013 at 14:21  
Hmmm.... that cover looks more like something for a black or doom release than industrial to me. Also, does this album have a bunch of weird audio samples in it? That's always been one of the big selling points for me as far as industrial bands go, like with Ministry and White Zombie.
BitterCOld - 07.10.2013 at 18:22  
Written by Apothecary on 07.10.2013 at 14:21

Hmmm.... that cover looks more like something for a black or doom release than industrial to me. Also, does this album have a bunch of weird audio samples in it? That's always been one of the big selling points for me as far as industrial bands go, like with Ministry and White Zombie.


Yeah, there are a few samples as well. Probably should have mentioned as much.
Fritillaria - 08.10.2013 at 13:20  
I'm gonna dig this for sure, first for the sake of that terrific artwork( in fact for the love of ouroboros) and then the retro industrial you mentioned on the review.
trollmyst - 09.10.2013 at 08:33  
Hi, I'm a member of Opthalidon, I have a few copies of our limited cd, if you want to receive a free copy of our cd please write to: opthalidon@yahoo.it
Thanks for your support and interest!

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