by Ovnev

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whatisthis8175 Conceptually neat, fantastic in execution. Absolute must-listen for 2020.
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Sonny92 Really well done atmospheric black metal that relates the interconnection between the Sahara and the Amazon in a natural cycle that oxygenates the Earth. On the evidence of this, West Maddox, the man behind Ovnev, appears to have the talent to stand alongside the likes of Andy Marshall and Austin Lunn as a champion of naturalistic black metal. Favorite track: Ridges of Dispersion.
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Beardmonger Blown away by this record! Living, breathing, vital black metal - very highly recommended. Favorite track: Elemental Ascension.
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Paintingmantis A fabulous album! Love it!!
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Richard Pressley Another superb release! Like his subject matter, West prefers the large canvas, using the entire album as a single vision, with the songs expertly placed like movements in a symphony. He is keenly sensitive to the ebb and flow of the musical & dramatic tension within & across songs, shifts beautifully & engagingly between acoustic & heavy passages, and uses varying degrees of intensity in the heavy passages to nuance the sound world he creates. Transpiration must be listened to beginning to end!
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LoneWolf Words cannot express how fantastic this album is,there’s plenty to learn about Mother Earth and her resources for survival and it’s all right here on this album...a must listen! Thanks West Favorite track: Transpiration.
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Ancient origin Lifeform creation Distinct featureless Abstract images Chosen subterfuge Thriving deluge Evolved carriers Turbulent waterways Prime stage of the Tethys Sea Fertile winds of microalgae Perils of ages passed Eukaryotic gathering Synergy of colonies Single path is to feed Unicellular Historic life givers Born inside the sea Transporting reality Significant Eons have come to end Diatomaceous earth Infinite nourishment
Lives once reigned On these sands Wind shall free Relics stand Catch the sky Traverse the ocean Trees have beckoned Distant vistas Born eons before Skeletal remains soar Soar: Thousands of miles Glide: Destiny calls Gripping: Flight of nutrients Vessels: Phosphorus and iron Plumes: Once teemed with life Grow: Mist reborn Bloom: Organic gifts Arrive: Fertilize
Venerable process Active for ages passed Began as seeds Naturally sown to feed Amazon basin is rich Timing is key Chemical intricacy Active upon the leaves Transpiration Vapor guttation Soaking Fertile earth Green lungs Humid ascent Stomatal Gas exchange Swelling Clouds release Bark drips Thick condensation Highway of oxygen River in the sky Leaders of the climate Synergy with the wind Pockets built divulging Systems of the stem
Solid rock awaits Natural barriers Across the distant shores Collection of humid spores Stratosphere Mother of liquid Condensation Empyrean route Range thousands of miles Millions of years formed Granodiorite Core of highest peaks Geological Ancient volcanic base Foundational Sedimentary rock Impenetrable Moistures battle Stages transform Process never ends
Oxygenation 07:21
Method of distribution Oxygen sustains the land Environmental calling Craving organic atoms Breathing defaulting Oblivious Life evolved with ease Viability Production of energy Aerobic respiration Heterotrophic beings Metabolic consumption


Many people on this earth are completely unaware of where their oxygen comes from. This entire planet is an enormous system of synergetic parts that are constantly working and creating. Everything is linked together. Transpiration begins with ancient, living diatoms in a prehistoric era. Once feeding in long forgotten seas, their skeletal remains now populate the dense sands of the Sahara desert. These sands are continuously riding the wind across the ocean to fertilize the Amazon rainforest. Due to the massive collection of trees in this area, they transpire to create the largest river in the world: the river in the sky. The journey continues all the way to the Andes Mountains and oxygen disperses throughout the atmosphere.

Ovnev invites you to ride the wind on this atmospheric journey of scientific discovery and botanical wonder. The earth is amazingly complex and deserves our utmost respect for providing our resources needed to survive.

"With memorable riffs, superlative acoustic passages, fantastic drumming and wonderfully gripping songwriting, this fresh offering is sure to cement the name Ovnev in the hearts and minds of anyone who may appreciate the more elemental side of black metal" -BLACK METAL DAILY

" this is atmospheric black metal at its best" -DUTCH METAL MANIAC

"This is a highly evocative album. Its atmospheric aggression is mood-oriented and is well-written and delivered; the artist behind the band knows very much what he’s doing with the style." -WONDERBOX METAL


released August 28, 2020

Guitars, bass, vocals, lyrics, songwriting,
recording, sampling, mixing, and layout by
West Maddox

Drums composed and recorded by
Brandon Zackey

Mastered by Tom Waltz

Artwork by Jordan Grimmer

Logo by Moonroot Art

Pentagram logo by Christophe Szpajdel


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Ovnev aims to channel the essence of the wilderness. The atmosphere is heavily inspired by the earth.

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