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Ophidian

About Ophidian

Oganalp Canatan is a singer, composer and a writer. He is the creator of Maegi and he was the co-founder of bands Dreamtone and Dreamtone & Iris Mavrakis Neverland. He has released albums from various labels, like EMI Turkey and AFM Records. Oganalp had worked with some of the most important names of metal music on his albums; from Tim Ripper Owens to Hansi Kürsch, from Chris Boltendahl to Jon Oliva. In the last 15 years, he has released six albums and three singles, worked at music magazines and shared stage with bands like Blind Guardian, Opeth, Evergrey, Dream Theater, Anathema, Haggard, Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, U.D.O. and more.

Album Review: Sepultura – Machine Messiah

Artist: Sepultura Album: Machine Messiah Release Date: Jan 13th, 2017 Record Label: Nuclear Blast I have to be truthful, it has been some time since I last listened to Sepultura. I grew up with their classics like so many other … Continue reading

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EP Review: All Else Fails – The Forever Lie

Artist: All Else Fails Album: The Forever Lie (EP) Release Date: Feb 17th, 2017 Label: Suicidal Bride Records I am not too fond of EPs. It is not about All Else Fails, but about me being a grumpy old-school metal … Continue reading

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Album Review: Kreator – Gods of Violence

Artist: Kreator Album: Gods of Violence Release Date: 27.01.2017 Label: Nuclear Blast Arguably the kings of thrash metal, Kreator always deserved more attention, more fame and more respect in my book. Not that any thrash head would ignore the success … Continue reading

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Album Review: In Flames – Battles

Artist: In Flames Album: Battles Release Date: November 11th, 2016 Record Label: Nuclear Blast In Flames is a delicate matter. You cannot simply say they are a mediocre modern band and be done with it as they are one of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake

Band: Testament Album: Brotherhood of the Snake Release Date: October 28th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Testament is one of the most influential thrash metal bands out there, no matter what. They never achieved the financial and media success of the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Evergrey – The Storm Within

Artist: Evergrey Album: The Storm Within Release Date: September 9th, 2016 Label: AFM Evergrey is one of my all-time favorite bands. Their discography has so many great tracks, it makes one wonder why the band is not more popular. Well, … Continue reading

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Album Review: Crimson Fire – Fireborn

Artist: Crimson Fire Album: Fireborn Release Date: June 3rd, 2016 Label: Pitch Black Records The second album of the Greek metalheads was released in June. For those who don’t know anything about the band, they are your typical 80s heavy … Continue reading

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Album Review: Gojira – Magma

Artist: Gojira Album: Magma Release Date: June 17th, 2016 Label: Roadrunner Masterpiece alert! I always wanted to do that. Whenever I see or hear something “Gojira”, I immediately think of two things. A) That HORRIBLE Godzilla movie of 1998 – … Continue reading

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Album Review: Rage – The Devil Strikes Again

Artist: Rage Album: The Devil Strikes Again Release Date: June 10th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast If you have read my review of Rage’s first single after the departure of Victor Smolski, I had my doubts about the new Rage (here … Continue reading

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Album Review: Grand Magus – Sword Songs

Artist: Grand Magus Album: Sword Songs Release Date: May 13th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Direct, to the point metal has become somewhat of a rarity in recent years; this is one of the problems with music industry, one of many. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Destruction – Under Attack

Artist: Destruction Album: Under Attack Release Date: May 13th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast The first issue I ever wrote for a metal magazine had the 2001 release, The Antichrist featured on its cover. Nope, I did not write the review for … Continue reading

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Album Review: Fallujah – Dreamless

Artist: Fallujah Album: Dreamless Release Date: April 29th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast You may have noticed that I have mentioned a kind of genre chaos in various previous reviews. I know that labeling things “progressive” is a trend of 2010s and there … Continue reading

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Album Review: The 69 Eyes – Universal Monsters

Artist: The 69 Eyes Album: Universal Monsters Release Date: April 22nd, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast The 69 Eyes are closing down on their 30 year anniversary and are a damn fine example of how gothic stuff melds with hard rock. They … Continue reading

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Album Review: Crone of War – Beneath Grey Skies

Artist: Crone of War Album: Beneath Grey Skies Release Date: May 7th, 2016 Label: Self Release Progressive metal is a wide term to talk about a band’s music nowadays as genre definitions and borders become blurry with each release. Is … Continue reading

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Album Review: Doro – Love’s Gone to Hell EP

Artist: Doro Album: Love’s Gone to Hell (EP) Release Date: April 1st, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Doro Pesch is like an unshakable rock that sits at the crossroads of metal paths; no matter how the seasons change and times come … Continue reading

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