Nehushtan from Theoptia is a next level metal song with an extremely cool melody. You get lost in your thoughts with the captivating voice of the artist and the unique melody. Theoptia is based in Switzerland.Sweat is dripping on the floor as the violent hammering continues. With heavy breathing and intense pushing, at an unbearable volume, mind-dazzling complexities of sound unravel. In complete isolation from the civilized world, in a cramped man cave, a dark and forgotten hole, it sees the light of day for the very first time. Some call it noise, he calls it music. The year is 2017, and the record called Horeb, the brainchild of Emanuel Strebel, has just been fathered through a marathon of unassisted one-man sessions. And with his novel creation the solo-act came into existence and found himself in an imaginary band of his own clones called Theoptia.A band of one person, limitless, creative, and uncompromised. “The advantages of a solo career were obvious, and being given the talent to play all the instruments needed myself, I came to a point when I could no longer make excuses. It had to be done.” When musicians were hard to find for a style that was utterly specific, in an area that did not shine with a wealth of talent, his strong creative urge had to find an outlet. So Emanuel from Switzerland started this studio project by himself, and finally his ideas had a place to thrive and find a form that was presentable to a larger public.The nerdy progressive death metal with exotic elements is truly a unique creation. Influences from big bands like Gojira, Meshuggah and Lamb of God found their way into the groovy blend, without compromising its originality. Soundscapes that carry you to a different place and a different time (likely somewhere in the east) mark his artistry. His works are complete narratives and connect to each other, while they ponder the deep questions of human existence and the dark corners of man’s soul. Inspired by his Christian faith, Theoptia, meaning seeing God in Greek, aims to open up people to seek spirituality and meaning beyond religion. “I would not dare to market my music as ‘Christian’, since it’s so much more than just that. It is meant for everybody, especially the ones that feel lost in life, regardless of their beliefs.” Not only are his pieces deeply meaningful, but they also challenge the listener on a musical level. Odd-meters are a more frequent appearance and add to the dissonant yet harmonic riffing, which is driven by a strong sense of rhythm.