Origin: Sweden  
Genres: Black Metal
DISBANDED
Last update/review: January 30, 2004

Ophthalamia

Ophthalamia is an odd Swedish band led by the man known as It, who has also played in several other Swedish bands. Their style is a somewhat odd doom/black blend, bringing together clear elements from both the doom and black metal genres without the band really sounding like either a doom or a black metal band. Their sound is thus a bit difficult to pin down, as they don't sound a lot like any other band. Lyrically they focus on the so-called fantasy world of Ophthalamia, as created by It, so says their biography (interestingly, their last album, Dominion, features lyrics inspired by MacBeth). Apart from their music, they are (like several Scandinavian black metal bands) notable for the members' various connections to other bands, with two standouts being former vocalists Shadow (Jon Nodtveidt of Dissection) and Legion, now in Marduk.

Last Lineup

All (Jim Berger)

vocals (ex-Abruptum, ex-Vondur)

It (Tony Särkkä)

guitars (ex-8thSin, ex-Abruptum, ex-Vondur) RIP: February 14, 2017, age 45

Night (Emil Nödtveidt)

guitars (ex-Dissection, Deathstars, ex-Swordmaster)

Mist (Mikael Schelin)

bass

Bone (Ole Öhman)

drums (ex-Dissection, ex-Deathstars)

Former Members/Guests

Shadow (Jon Nödtveidt)

vocals (ex-The Black, ex-Dissection) RIP: August 16, 2006, suicide

Legion (Erik Hagstedt)

vocals (ex-Devian, ex-Marduk, ex-Witchery)

Mourning (Robert Ivarsson)

bass

Winter (Benny Larsson)

drums (ex-Edge Of Sanity, ex-Godsend, ex-Pan-Thy-Monium)



Discography


A Journey In Darkness  
1994 Avantgarde
  1. A Cry From The Halls Of Blood / Empire Of Lost Dreams
  2. Enter The Darkest Thoughts Of The Chosen / Agony's Silent Paradise
  3. Journey In Darkness / Entering The Forest
  4. Shores Of Kaa-Ta-Nu / The Eternal Walk (part II)
  5. A Lonely Soul / Hymn To A Dream
  6. Little Child Of Light / Degradation Of Holyness
  7. Castle Of No Repair / Lies From A Blackened Heart
  8. This Is The Pain Called Sorrow / To The Memory Of Me
  9. I Summon Thee, Oh Father / Death Embrace Me
  • Shadow
  • It
  • Mourning
  • Winter



Via Dolorosa  
1995 Avantgarde
  1. Intro / Under Ophthalamian Skies / To The Benighted
  2. Black As Sin, Pale As Death / Autumn Whispers
  3. After A Releasing Death / Castle Of No Repair (part II)
  4. Slowly Passing The Frostlands / A Winterland's Tear
  5. Via Dolorosa / My Springnight's Sacrifice
  6. Ophthalamia / The Eternal Walk (part III)
  7. Nightfall Of Mother Earth / Summer Distress
  8. Outro / Message To Those After Me / Death Embrace Me (part II)
  9. A Lonely Ceremony / The Eternal Walk
  10. Deathcrush
  • Legion
  • It
  • Night
  • Winter



To Elishia  
1997 Necropolis
  1. A Cry From The Halls Of Blood / Empire Of Lost Dreams
  2. A Lonely Ceremony / The Eternal Walk
  3. Journey In Darkness / Entering The Forest
  4. Castle Of No Repair / From A Blackened Heart
  5. Shores Of Kaa-Ta-Nu / The Eternal Walk (part II)
  6. Nightfall Of Mother Earth / Summer Distress
  7. Enter The Darkest Thoughts Of The Chosen / Agony's Silent Paradise
  8. Deathcrush (Mayhem cover)
  9. Sacrifice (Bathory cover)
  10. I Summon Thee Father / Death Embrace Me



A Long Journey  
1998 Necropolis
  1. A Cry From The Halls Of Blood / Empire Of Lost Dreams
  2. Enter The Darkest Thoughts Of The Chosen / Agony's Silent Paradise
  3. Journey In Darkness / Entering The Forest
  4. Shores Of Kaa-Ta-Nu / The Eternal Walk (part II)
  5. A Lonely Soul / Hymn To A Dream
  6. Little Child Of Light / Degradation Of Holyness
  7. Castle Of No Repair / Lies From A Blackened Heart
  8. This Is The Pain Called Sorrow / To The Memory Of Me
  9. I Summon Thee, Oh Father / Death Embrace Me
  10. [?]
  11. [?]
  • All
  • It
  • Night
  • Mist
  • Bone



Dominion  
1998 No Fashion
  1. Elishias Mistresses Gather
  2. Time For War
  3. Final Hour Of Joy
  4. Great Are The Deeds Of Death
  5. Eclipse Of Life (The Eternal Walk IV)
  6. A Black Rainbow Rising (Castle Of No Repair III)
  7. Dominion
  8. Legacy Of The True (Death Embrace Me II)




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