INIMICVS: Ophidian Coil was formed in 2013 by XIII.XIII.(now an ex-member) and me, around the middle of that year. The idea was present in a little bit different form in 2009 and through a couple of gradual transformations (in both the musical approach and involvement of other members who are not a part of the band anymore, to a more spiritual/personal upheaval) became the vessel of what it is today known under that name. Now Ophidian Coil order consist of the following devotees:
INIMICVS - Vocals/Guitar
Kozeljnik - Guitar/Bass
Alewar – Drums
Also, I have to point out that I'm very proud of the current line up and individuals whose joined forces now embody Ophidian Coil.
2.So far you have released a promo and an EP, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
INIMICVS: I think that musical sound on both releases follows the concept and lyrics as a whole and they are pretty much interconnected, and this was the main aim. Some would maybe say that the sound is made of insane blast beats, gnawing guitars and large range of vocals, which is a shallow take on all that and only a tip of the iceberg that might be too much for a simple human mind to grasp. But to us, it is a lot more. Personally, I would describe it as a sinister and energetic stream of Adversarial impulses and glorification of primeval forces of the Other Side, and at the same time serves as an offering to the above-mentioned.
3.Your lyrics cover some occult and satanic topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?
INIMICVS: I never shunned to gaze upon and practice different methods from different orders/authors/books, as long as I found them beneficial to my spiritual development. I believe that over the time all these methods can be somehow adapted in a personal way, and I recognize myself as an eternal student which has much more to learn and absorb. In the end, this thorny path that a few of the individuals follow is harsh, dangerous and long journey. It takes a lot of patience and certainly isn’t for everyone, let alone for someone who takes it lightly. Ophidian Coil’s lyrics are a crystal-clear reflection of my involvement in the occult, shaped in a somewhat subjective view, philosophy and experience which is of course based on the Left Hand Path. And not only that, lyrics are also based on every other small element of things that surround us, shallow human nature, dreams, astral plane, even plain philosophical discussions with the like-minded. But, considering that this is the interview about the band and that I already said too much, I’m going to talk specifically about that. I can only say that Ophidian Coil’s goal is to burn down this false cosmic reality and all obstacles with the flame of Satan/Lucifer ( or if you prefer the One With Many Names, acknowledging that all deities throughout the history found in different cultures are linked to the Adversarial personality) and open up the portals to the Unknown and see beyond. To slay the arrogant ego and free the repressed subconsciousness, and thus open up the gateways through which the prime acasual energy of Chaos and Nothingness can freely flow. To achieve the state of self-realization/deification and sovereignty, furthermore leading to a break in the cyclic form of nature and achieving the endless freedom in all forms of life and death.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ophidian Coil'?
INIMICVS: The term “Ophidian” is used to represent the ancient Serpent, the wisdom-bringer of many religions and cults, whose poison we gladly drink. Also it represents shedding of the human skin (nature), and transforming into something much bigger. “Coil” here can represent many things, from the coiling of the Serpent in various spheres and thus absorbing the knowledge, to the coiled up Serpent ready to attack and spray venom in the face of ignorance. When we formed the band, we felt that this name best represents our ideology and intention.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
INIMICVS: For now we haven’t had a chance to play live, because our new drummer Alewar is from Spain, and Kozeljnik and I are from Belgrade (Serbia), so that makes it a little difficult. But I have no doubts that some appearance will happen soon. All I can say for now that our stage performance would be highly intense.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
INIMICVS: For sure, as I already said in the answer above. I still cannot say what future bring, but live appearance is a must and it will happen when the time and energies feel right.
7.The EP was released on Obscure Abhorrence, are you happy with the support they have given you so far?
INIMICVS: When we were searching for a label, I had sent several e-mails to various labels. I was really amazed with Andreas’ quick response and news in e-mail that he wants to release it. We came to agreement quickly. Obscure Abhorrence Productions is a prestigious label with a large amount of releases for first-rate bands, such as Horna, Sargeist, Drowning The Light, Macabre Omen, Acherontas, Dodsferd… And yes, we are more than honored to have signed with them. Andreas did a great job so far and has all my respect as a person and as a professional.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
INIMICVS: The feedback has been fairly good on a worldwide level, with positive critics etc. Also, I must say that we are honored to have had a chance for a mastermind such as Honza Kapák (Avenger, Master’s Hammer…) to do a session drums for us on both “Promo 2014” and “Denial | Will | Becoming”. This last release is still fresh, so there is plenty of time for it to be introduced to the audience. Nowadays, bands are popping up everywhere, and over the night they get all this attention, often undeservedly… Somehow I get the feeling that all this sacred art came to some kind of generic form - but that is a topic for some other interview. I can say that I am glad that manifestation of our release left some positive impact on individuals who have Eyes to see and that I highly respect.
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
INIMICVS: Alewar is playing in several other projects, which will be revealed to the public soon. Kozeljnik is well known for his band The Stone, which I don’t even have to mention. With their 7th full-length masterpiece “Nekroza”, they once again proved that they are Serbia’s leading force. He is also present in May Result, Kozeljnik (duo with the drummer L.G. also from The Stone/May Result) and Murder. I encourage you to check them all out if you haven’t already. I am also playing live appearances for The Stone (bass) and Kozeljnik (guitar), which both have tours and shows coming soon.
10.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
INIMICVS: I cannot say anything for the full-length album, but probably in the late 2015 - early 2016. Currently we are working on the split release with Septuagint from Greece, and all our energies are concentrated on that. After that, we have plans for another split, but I cannot reveal anything right now. Musically, Ophidian Coil will evolve more and more with every release, together with its members.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
INIMICVS: The list is never-ending. From the classic heavy metal, thrash metal, all the way to ambient music. And of course, mainly black metal. Beside the bands that we all like, everyone in the band does listen to a lot of different stuff. Kozeljnik is an old vinyl-maniac, with one of the largest collections that I have ever seen. I am listening not only to metal, but electronic music and various other genres. These days I listen to many bands, Blaze of Perdition, Mortuus, Ofermod, Malign, Akrotheism, Septuagint, a lot of heavy metal, thrash metal… And a lot of Thy Darkened Shade, I must point that out. I am looking forward to the vinyl version of “Liber Lvcifer I: Khem Sedjet” coming out soon.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
INIMICVS: Thank you for the interview. You can order your copy of “Denial | Will | Becoming” via Obscure Abhorrence Productions (www.obscure-abhorrence.de). We also have a limited batch, so you can order directly through the band.
Praised be the Black Light.