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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: Myrath – Legacy

Artist: Myrath Album: Legacy Release Date: February 19th, 2016 Label: Nightmare Records / Verycords I have been anxiously waiting to review this album since the single, Believer’s music video dropped like a ten thousand kilotons bomb on us. The sound, … Continue reading

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Album Review: Dark Insignia III

Band: Dark Insignia Album: Dark Insignia III Release Date: Februray 20th, 2016 Label: Self Release Now, when it comes to reviewing independant acts, things change shape to some extent. On one hand, you have to consider the commercial side of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Almanac – Tsar

Band: Almanac Album: Tsar Release Date: March 18th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Victor Smolski, as I always say, is one of the most underrated guitarists of today’s metal scene. His aggressive style missing from the new Rage stuff was the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Metal Church – XI

Band: Metal Church Album: XI Release Date: March 25th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Metal Church is probably one of the most influential metal bands around, arguably laying some of the groundwork for heavy metal / thrash metal and influencing many … Continue reading

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Album Review: Circus Maximus – Havoc

Band: Circus Maximus Album: Havoc Release Date: March 18th, 2016 Label: Frontiers Circus Maximus is one of the most promising progressive metal / rock acts to come to come out of Europe. Although I am a huge fan and / … Continue reading

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Album Review: Van Halst – World of Make Believe

Band: Van Halst Album: World of Make Believe Release Date: March 4th, 2016 Label: Self Release When I see a female fronted band, I immediately become fearful of listening to yet another clone of gothic chanting, Tarja Turunen copied soprano … Continue reading

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Album Review: Demise of the Crown – Demise of the Crown

Band: Demise of the Crown Album: Demise of the Crown Release Date: March 4th, 2016 Label: Self Release Demise of the Crown proves that quality heavy metal is a hard thing to come by nowadays, even though we’ve got some … Continue reading

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Album Review: Sabaton – Heroes on Tour

Band: Sabaton Album: Heroes on Tour Release Date: March 4th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast I find live albums harder to review than a studio album. First thing; Live albums have a connection with the fans of a band that adds … Continue reading

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Album Review: Dyscordia – Words in Ruin

Band: Dyscordia Album: Words in Ruin Release Date: March 5th, 2016 Record Label: Road Mark Productions Words in Ruin, the third disc of Dyscordia is on my desk now. For those who have never heard of the band before, the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Redemption – The Art of Loss

Band: Redemption Album: The Art of Loss Release Date: 26.02.2016 Label: Metal Blade Redemption is not a new name if you are into progressive metal. Founded in LA, the band has the distinction of featuring Ray Alder, the voice of … Continue reading

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Album Review: Anthrax – For All Kings

Artist: Anthrax Album: For All Kings Release Date: 26.02.2016 Label: Nuclear Blast, Megaforce Another giant band with your everyday member and line-up melodrama. You know, Dan Spitz stuff and such. It is a necessity to be a part of the … Continue reading

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Album Review: Oceans of Slumber – Winter

Band: Oceans of Slumber Album: Winter Release Date: March 4th, 2016 Label: Century Media The amazing voice of Cammie Gilbert welcomes you to this disc and it is one hell of a welcome, that is for sure. The next thing … Continue reading

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Album Review: District 97 – In Vaults

Artist: District 97 Album: In Vaults Release Date: June 23rd, 2015 Label: The Laser’s Edge An interesting and refreshing release is here with me today. I have to admit, I didn’t hear Disctrict 97’s name before this promo copy and … Continue reading

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Album Review: Textures – Phenotype

Artist: Textures Album: Phenotype Release Date: Feb 5th, 2016 Label: Nuclear Blast Progressive metal is a rather large description to narrow down a band’s sound in means of explaining it, especially when each sub-genre borrows something from one another nowadays. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing

Artist: Dream Theater Album: The Astonishing Release Date: January 29th, 2016 Label: Roadrunner No matter what, one should always bear in mind that it is Dream Theater we are talking about. Modern day’s progressive metal giants. A lot of bands … Continue reading

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