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Noel



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 3:37 pm    Post subject: KAWIR Ophiolatreia - new album Reply with quote


KAWIR, the masters of Hellenic Pagan Black Metal will release their new and fourth album entitled "Ophiolatreia" through THOSE OPPOSED RECORDS. Expect a November/December release date on special digipack format with booklet.
The concept of the term Ophiolatreia:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/oph/index.htm

Before they leave for a small European tour two days ago, they've uploaded a full track from the album. Myspace sound is shitty but that will give you a clue. Tracklisting, album cover and another track (this time with a good sound quality) will be uploaded soon on TOR website.

http://www.kawir.gr/
http://www.myspace.com/kawir
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1/ KAWIR Ophiolatreia PREORDERS open
2/ Distro news

1/ Preorders for KAWIR�s new album, Ophiolatreia, are now open. We expect the album to be released in one month, hopefully in early December.
This will be released as a special 3-panel digipack with 12-page booklet in the center.

The preorder costs 10� (+postage : 11.30� ppd (lettre) or 15.10� ppd (colissimo) for France, 11.40� ppd for Europe, 12.30� ppd for the rest of the world). First 100 KAWIR digipacks come with KAWIR logo button.
You can either preorder the KAWIR digipack on our webstore or by email, follow the links at the end of this post.



Tracklisting & Samples:
1. Moirae
2. Rhea (Meter Theon)
3. Poseidon
4. Nemesis (MP3)
5. Ares (the god of war)
6. To Pallas
7. H�pha�stos
8. Ophiolatreia (MP3)
9. Aeiozoon Pyr

Total time : 56�12��

Exclusive distribution for this album in North America will be handled by Nebulae Distribution, who is also taking pre-orders for this one.
Contact : info@nebulaeblack.com
(website coming soon).



2/ Distro news

MARBLEBOG � Forestheart CD
SACRIFICIA MORTUORUM � Maturum est
SVYATOGOR � With wolfish stalk and by wings of black CD
TORCH OF WAR - The Principle of Cosmic Instability CD
VOLKOLAK � Hail to the god of the sun (slava iarile) CD

We also offer two special packs on our webstore :
5 CDs (priced at 10� or less) for 43�
10 CDs (priced at 10� or less) for 75�

THOSE OPPOSED RECORDS
www.those-opposed-recs.fr.nf

THOSE OPPOSED RECORDS ONLINE SHOP
www.tor-onlinecave.123.fr/catalog/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: KAWIR Ophiolatreia - new album Reply with quote

Great, do you support trades?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely the Best Greek Band of todays scene.
Can´t wait to get this...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:47 am    Post subject: Re: KAWIR Ophiolatreia - new album Reply with quote

Stygian Shadows 'zine wrote:
Great, do you support trades?

Depends on what I'm being offered. We had to support studio costs, as well as manufacturing costs for this somewhat unusual digipack.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



KAWIR Ophiolatreia DIGIPACK is out NOW !
The masters of Hellenic Pagan Black metal art are back !

Available for 10 euros + postage :
-12.30€ p&p and paypal fee included for Europe
-13.20€ p&p and paypal fee included for the rest of the world

Special digipack, slightly oversized compared to a regular cd, 12-page glossy booklet on the inside.
First 100 copies with KAWIR button.



Tracklist :
1. Moirae
2. Rhea (Meter Theon)
3. Poseidon
4. Nemesis
5. Ares (the god of war)
6. To Pallas
7. Hephaistos
8. Ophiolatreia
9. Aeiozoon Pyr

KAWIR will perform at the Under the Black Sun Festival in July 2008, Germany.

http://www.myspace.com/kawir

http://www.tor-onlinecave.123.fr/catalog
http://www.those-opposed-recs.fr.nf
http://www.myspace.com/thoseopposedrecs


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

will yosuke get copies?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know. Hasn't contacted me about it yet.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OPHIOLATREIA -The inner meaning

Ophiolatreia, the worship of the serpent, next to the adoration of the phallus, is one of the most remarkable, and, at first sight, unaccountable forms of religion the world has ever known.

"The Serpent has six principal points of connection with Dionysos: 1.As a symbol of, and connected with, wisdom. 2.As a solar emblem. 3.As a symbol of time and eternity. 4.As an emblem of the earth, life. 5.As connected with fertilizing moisture. 6.As a phallic emblem."

The serpent being connected with the sun, the earth life and fertility must needs be also a phallic emblem, and so appropriate to the cult of Dionysos.

The symbol of the Phallus suggested the form of the serpent, which thus became the emblem of life and healing. There then we have the key to that tree and serpent worship which has given rise to much ingenious speculation.

In Athenian mythology the serpent and the tree are singularly prominent. Kekrops, Erechtheus, and Erichthonios, are each and all serpentine in the lower portion of their bodies. The sacred snake of Athęnę had its abode in the Akropolis, and her olive trees secured for her the victory in her rivalry with Poseidôn. The health-giving serpent lay at the feet of Asklępios and snakes were fed in his temple at Epidauros and elsewhere.

Read more here:
http://www.sacred-texts.com/etc/oph/index.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which European/German Distros will carry it ? Haven´t found it until now...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I do.
I'm from France.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KAWIR Ophiolatreia DIGIPACK












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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks nice...I´ll place an order soon.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Tartarean Desire webzine, a nice and very accurate review:

KAWIR Ophiolatreia 8/10

In a period where archetypal bands of the Hellenic sound have long since fallen astray or into a state of quietude who else is left than Kawir to hoist the banner? (Note: Yes, Rotting Christ keep on delivering quality albums for almost two decades now but their Thy Mighty Contract/Non Serviam days are long gone....) For most Hellenic black metal aficionados introductions are redundant, for the un-initiated Kawir are a black metal band hailing from the land of Aristotle, Plato and some guy whose 300-strong pack of soldiers apparently caused a lot of stir with the Persians back in the day. Forming back in the early 90's, they have tenaciously adhered to the same aesthetic core pretty much since their Eumenides EP. With minor mishaps sporadically surfacing in previous offerings aside (mainly tepid vocals, weak production) the band retained its identity untarnished and solidly planted in the Hellenic fold faithfully revolving around the Grecian axis of Varathron-esque romanticism. Following on that tradition and given its present-day context, it's a noteworthy fact that Ophiolatreia does not carry the apparent inferiority complex that masticates contemporary offerings with their minimalist/4-channel production obsession. Indeed, the album is completely devoid of any sort of Northern infatuations both in its production and particularly in its riffage and yet it manages to sound uniquely 'black metal.' Considering the onslaught of Fenriz-clones that riddle the scene today this in itself is quite an achievement - and a welcomingly refreshing one at that.

The compositional effectiveness of this album is primarily achieved because the band is both prudent and knowledgeable with different aspects of their music: their keyboard swaths are used only where accentuation is appropriate and their song structures don't draw for more than they have to. And of course engaging melodies and pounding mid-tempo driven themes of unmistakable 'Greekness' couldn't be absent either. Take for example "Poseidon:" it starts off with an evocative flute-lead intro that gives way to a guitar-laden passage following on the incipient melody; it then consequently builds up steadily and convincingly in tempo and mood before escalating unto its arm-wavingly delightful chorus without resorting to blast-beat excesses. This relatively simple compositional formula with a few minor fluctuations is essentially the backbone that constitutes most of the songs on this album and it successfully keeps the interest levels high throughout. To that effect, their sound is bolstered with probably one of their best productions yet. Be forewarned though: all lyrics are both written and sung in Greek since they deal primarily as always with the lasting ethos of Ancient Greece.

So who might've thought then? While onlookers were desperately expecting a resurrection from Varathron or Necromantia to re-invigorate their hopes in their beloved sub-genre of traditional Hellenic black metal it turns out it's none other than these Athenian robe-clad serpent-worshippers who will finally deliver the goods.

Album comes in a tasteful digipack and is available through Those Opposed Records (http://www.those-opposed-recs.fr.nf/).
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check a few KAWIR "Ophiolatreia" reviews here


Taakefrost webzine 8.5/10
Tartarean Desire webzine 8/10
Darkness.de webzine 8/10
Myrrthronth webzine 8/10


KAWIR has been confirmed to play at the SWR Barroselas Metalfest XI (24-26 April 2008) in Portugal along with ENSLAVED, SKYFORGER, URGEHAL, REGURGITATE, ROTTEN SOUND, THE STONE and many others.


http://www.swr-fest.com/
http://www.myspace.com/swr_fest
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