DOUBLE VINYL EDITION OF OPHTHALAMIA'S DARK MASTERPIECE FROM 1995, 'VIA DOLOROSA', INCLUDING LINER NOTES FROM METALION & PRODUCER DAN SWANO
Sweden's Ophthalamia was formed in 1989 by IT, mainly known for his dark band Abruptum, (which was signed to DSP, the label of ex-Mayhem guitarist Euronymous). Ophthalamia was a fantasy-world created by IT and the songs were connected to stories based around this fantasy-world.
Though the band could be classified as black metal, there is much more to Ophthalamia, with varied metal influences & progressive passages, along with some strong atmospherics, helping to distinguish them from other acts. 'Via Dolorosa' also includes a cover of the Mayhem classic, 'Deathcrush'.
The line-up on 'Via Dolorosa' featured IT (Tony S rkk ) then of Abruptum, with Legion, (ex-Marduk), on vocals. Also appearing on the album was Emil 'Nightmare Industries' Nodtveidt , currently with highly successful Swedish gothic industrial metallers Deathstars - & brother of Dissection's Jon Nodtveidt (who appeared on the Ophthalamia debut, 'A Journey In Darkness'). The band line-up is completed by Winter, drummer for Swedish death metallers Edge of Sanity.
The album was recorded late 1994 at "The Ophthalamia Studios". It was produced by the band & engineered by Dan Swano (Katatonia/Opeth) & released in 1995.
This vinyl edition of 'Via Dolorosa' contains new liner notes from producer Dan Swano & Slayer Magazine's Metalion, including their memories of Tony "IT" S rkk , who recently passed away.