- The Wheel Of Fortune by
- Date: April 03, 2017
- Origin: Bulgaria
- Style: Djent, Progressive, Death Metal
Definitely an interesting one
Small scene can really push artists into creating something of high quality. Ophan are a Bulgarian band and as you may guess, here the things aren’t so expansive in the prog genres as it is in the west, but the guys have done it and they have done it quite well. That has a good explanation, the determination to bring something new, to proove a point, it is lovely to see it grow. The Wheel Of Fortune is a solid performance, it is raw and has the chugs, never short of punch, there are a lot of melodic lines.
For the comment section: What do you think is the potential for modern prog bands in Eastern Europe?
The Wheel Of Fortune has that creepy grip on you
Sound and Production :
This one of the albums that gets the djenty guitar sound of Meshuggah, the influence is deep, nothing wrong about that, that love is completely understandable. For the scale of the production, that product is stellar, I am personally impressed, after all, it was produced by phyX and I am not surprised after all. Extremely clean and dirty sounding guitars (that is how you control the raw guitar sound), the crisp sound is going along with the expressing drums and the bass is there in the body, well put, there are a couple of slaps, that just kill it. The Wheel Of Fortune has special character, you can hear it in the layers, there is so much to be heard in the depts of the mix, grab some good headphones to experience it at full…
Damn Ophan have done it, good sound and compositions, the Balkan prog scene is moving forward and such bands make sure that is happening.
Engineering, Mixing, Mastering, Producing: Constantine “phyX” Gentschev (check him out here)
MIG 7 Studio | www.mig7studio.com
Photography: Sławomir Wiśniewski, Robert Steckiewicz