OPERA IX

Symphonic Black Metal / Black Metal / Melodic Black Metal • Italy
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Opera IX is an Italian Progressive Black Metal band with Doom, Death and Gothic influences. The band was founded by Ossian in 1988 with Vlad on Bass and Flegias on Drums. Opera IX recorded two demo tapes before Silent Bard, a classically trained Keyboardist, joined them at the end of 1993. This line up recorded The Call of the Wood before Silent Bard was replaced by Triskent who was later replaced by Lunaris before the recording of Sacro Culto. In the meantime, Opera IX also featured on the A Call of Irons tribute album to Iron Maiden with a rendition of their longest opus "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner".

The year 2000, saw the release of the third album The Black Opera - Simphoniae Misteriorum in Laude Tenebrarum, featuring a cover version of Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's dead" as well as the re-release off their debut album with
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OPERA IX The Call of the Wood album cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
The Call of the Wood
Black Metal 1995
OPERA IX Sacro Culto album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Sacro Culto
Melodic Black Metal 1998
OPERA IX The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum
Symphonic Black Metal 2000
OPERA IX Maleventum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Maleventum
Black Metal 2002
OPERA IX Anphisbena album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anphisbena
Symphonic Black Metal 2004
OPERA IX Strix Maledictae in Aeternum album cover 3.55 | 2 ratings
Strix Maledictae in Aeternum
Symphonic Black Metal 2012

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OPERA IX Strix Maledictae in Aeternum

Album · 2012 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Earth and fire...

Genre: ritual/ceremonial doom/black metal

Opera IX is probably one of the more accessible black metal bands because of their specific melodic and, at times, epic and varied approach to the genre and their emphasis on clear and well-defined production. But, make no mistake, this is still bleak and oppressive, and creepy, too (some of which owes to the ceremonial intermezzos that pop up on the album).

Heaviness is really the keyword of this album. While there are plenty of more typical blastbeat-based sections throughout the album, heaviness is actually the primary elements, and virtually all tracks have long passages of heavy drumming and doomy riffage - I'd actually go so far as classifying this album as a blend of black metal and doom metal along the lines of Candlemass and the like (just check out tracks like 'Ecat', 'Nemus Tempora Maleficarum', and 'Historia Nocturna') with a touch of Both Thrower-style heavy death metal, and I think it works quite well.

Moreover, Opera IX make use of epic and symphonic sounding keyboard effects, which might not appeal to all black metal fans, but they this aspect of Opera IX's sound suits the heavy and doom-ladden passages very well.

Dark, heavy and rich in black metal bleakness, this release should appeal to fans of both doom metal and more melodic black metal.

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