We’re glad to announce that Dulliken, Switzerland-based melodic death metal band Ophelia’s Eye have released their debut single, entitled “Fight for Us.”
Ophelia’s Eye are Michel Egloff-Sieber (vocals), Remo Lemp (lead guitar), Corinne Ryter (rhythm guitar), Marco Shweizer (drums), and Sandro Suter (bass). The band started out as a Project Penny and changed their name to Red Fire Dragon before their drummer Marco joined in 2017. At this time, the band consisted of him, a guitarist and a bassist. When Marco met his school friend Remo at Greenfield 2017, he instantly knew that he needed Remo in his band as they had previously played together in a band during school. Remo was quite busy at the time, but after one year he came to a rehearsal and decided to stay.
At this point, the band started out moving from covering songs to writing their own songs. The guitarist left in the beginning of 2019, but in the same year their vocalist Michel (ex-Sweet Massacre) joined, having placed an ad on Bandbuddy that Marco answered. Once again, the band name was changed, this time to the current name which is based on the novel “The Sandman” by E. T. A. Hoffmann.
Explaining the story and meaning behind their band name, Ophelia’s Eye write:
“Our current name is based on the novel ‘The Sandman’ from E. T. A. Hoffmann.
The story is about the traumatic childhood experience of the student Nathanael which makes its way to the surface through the surprising encounter with the weather glass dealer Coppola. He believes he recognizes the devilish lawyer Coppelius, who is responsible for his father’s death. When the beautiful but quiet Olimpia captivates him, he loses himself more and more between delusion and reality.
To make the name sound rounder, Olimpia is called Ophelia in the band name.
Through our songs the listeners should also lose the connection to reality – at least for a while.”
In August 2019, Corinne saw an ad from Ophelia’s Eye, who were looking for a guitarist. Only a week after Marco answered, Corinne came to a rehearsal and immediately knew that the band was the right fit for her. At this point, Ophelia’s Eye had the feeling that they now had the constellation to start out, so they recorded demos in their room very quickly as well as building up their social media presence and organizing their very first concert in February 2020 (just before Corona measures took place). Due to different goals, they split up with their bassist just two weeks before their first concert and played without a bass player until finding Sandro, who joined in August 2020.
Due to the Corona pandemic, all of Ophelia’s Eye’s booked concerts were cancelled for quite some time. Nevertheless, this time offered great opportunities for the band and was perhaps a twist of fate as well, as Corinne unfortunately got mononucleosis for over half a year and was unable to play anyway. After her partial recovery, Ophelia’s Eye used the time to go to the studio and record their first EP, which will be released on August 7th 2021, as well as to set up two live streams: one in a rehearsal room with a friend of theirs who has his band room in the same building, and one out of a concert location.
On June 21st, Ophelia’s Eye released the first single from the EP, “Fight for Us”; and on July 10th they released another great single from the EP, entitled “Speak Words of Destruction.” They’re now fully ready and motivated to deliver their high energy sound to an audience as wide as possible, taking listeners with them on their musical journey. About their upcoming EP, the band says, “The goal of the EP is to take the listener on a musical journey with deep abysses and captivating riffs and show the band’s enthusiasm and versatility. The sound production was influenced by Parkway Drive, In Flames and Periphery.“
Describing their musical influences and songwriting process, Ophelia’s Eye write: “We all have quite a different taste in Metal which is why we have various influences since most of the time, one of the guitarists have a basic idea for Riffs then we add drums, vocals, and bass. Therefore, we always write our songs all together in the “old-school” way of jamming and solidifying ideas.
In terms of song structure, we would say our main influences are As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and a bit of Arch Enemy and Amon Amarth.”
And explaining the meaning behind their debut single, “Fight for Us,” the band write, “The song ‘Fight for Us’ is intended to encourage people to let go of everyday life through music, to immerse themselves and simply enjoy the concert but also a call to the metal community to support the smaller bands as well, presented with exaggerated, figurative but not literal language.”
“Fight For Us” immediately draws the listener in with a memorable guitar riff that is at once heavy and melodic. The precise, driving rhythms of the bass and drums as well as the commanding, growled vocals soon join in, adding nicely to the track’s dynamic, high-energy sound. “Fight for Us” is quite a compelling and enjoyable listen, demonstrating the brilliant songwriting and superb musicianship of Ophelia’s Eye. I would highly recommend this track to fans of melodic death metal and metalcore alike.
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