Origin: Italy
Genres: Black Metal
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Opera IX  


Opera IX is one of the more unique bands to come out of Italy in some time. Unlike a lot of present-day Italian bands (many of whom are in the power/prog metal field), Opera IX's style is an intriguing and original mix of black, doom, and goth metal, with excellent songwriting and highlighted by vocalist Cadaveria (until recently, as mentioned below). She is quite a find, able to transition from beautiful soprano to goth crooning to death growls and black rasps, often within the same song. Her vocals, along with the interplay between keyboards and guitars, set this band apart, there's not really any other band that sounds like this. The songs are long (five of the six Sacro Culto songs are over ten minutes in length), but never boring, as the band gracefully transitions from one section to the next, effortlessly changing mood from softer passages to aggressive riffing. An ethereal mood pervades over much of the music, often quite haunting (this is where the goth comparisons come from). Comparing the later two albums, Black Opera is the more mature, and has a better production, but Sacro Culto is more endearing, with more raw emotion carrying the songs to great effect. It took a few listens to get into this band, but the more one listens, the more one appreciates them.

Unfortunately, differences arose between the two main forces in the band (Cadaveria and guitarist Ossian), prompting Cadaveria to leave the band, taking drummer Flegias with her. She has since formed her own band, simply called Cadaveria, and a pair of albums have been released. Opera IX continues on as well, but has found it hard to find permanent replacements for Cadaveria and Flegias, as both albums released since their departure feature different pairs of vocalist/drummers. Though the first of those two albums (Maleventum) was a capable album in its own right, it doesn't rank with Sacro Culto or Black Opera in terms of quality (to these ears, anyway).

Current Members

M (Marco De Rosa)

vocals/guitars

Ossian D'Ambrosio

guitars

Vlad

bass

Dalamar (Cimi Mezzano)

drums

Former Members/Guests

Cadaveria (Raffaella Rivarolo)

vocals (Cadaveria)

Madras

vocals

Lunaris

keyboards

Flegias (Marcelo Santos)

drums (Cadaveria, Necrodeath)

Taranis

drums (Source Of Tide)


Discography



The Call Of The Wood 
1995 Miscarriage
  1. Alone In The Dark
  2. Esteban's Promise
  3. The Call Of The Wood
  4. Al Azif
  5. Sepulcro
  • Cadaveria
  • Ossian D'Ambrosio
  • Vlad
  • Flegias




Sacro Culto 
1998 Shiver
  1. The Oak
  2. Fronds Of The Ancient Walnut
  3. The Naked And The Dance
  4. Cimmeries
  5. My Devotion
  6. Under The Sign Of The Red Dragon
  • Cadaveria
  • Ossian D'Ambrosio
  • Vlad
  • Lunaris
  • Flegias
1998 BNR Top Ten album




The Black Opera 
2000 Avantgarde
  1. Act I: The first seal
  2. Act II: Beyond the black diamond gate
  3. Act III: Carnal delight in the vortex of evil
  4. Act IV: Congressus cum daemone
  5. Act V: The magic temple
  6. Act VI: The sixth seal
  7. Bela lugosi's dead
  • Cadaveria
  • Ossian D'Ambrosio
  • Vlad
  • Lunaris
  • Flegias

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Maleventum 
2002 Avantgarde
  1. Maleventum
  2. Princess Of The Ancient
  3. UnearTed Arcana
  4. In The Dark I Found The Reflection Of The Hidden Mirrors
  5. Muscaria
  6. Forgotten Gods
  7. In The Raven's Eye
  • Madras
  • Ossian D'Ambrosio
  • Vlad
  • Lunaris
  • Taranis

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Anphisbena 
2004 Avantgarde
  1. Many moons ago
  2. The Serpent's Nemeton
  3. The Prophecy
  4. In Hoc Signo Sanguinis
  5. Immortal Chant
  6. Scell lem duib
  7. In the sixth tower
  8. Battle cry
  9. Anphisbena
  10. One rode to Asa bay
  • M
  • Ossian D'Ambrosio
  • Vlad
  • Lunaris
  • Dalamar

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 



The Early Chapters  COMPILATION
2007 Occultum
  1. Prelude
  2. Groglin Grange
  3. Gothik
  4. Cemeteria
  5. Invocation
  6. Rhymes about dying stones
  7. House of agony
  8. Last dawn
  9. Malum in sacrum
  10. Born in the Grave
  11. The Red Death

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Mythology - XX Years Of Witchcraft 
2007 Occultum




Strix Maladictae In Aeternum 
2012 Agonia
  1. Strix the Prologue (Intro)
  2. 1313 (Eradicate the False Idols)
  3. Dead Tree Ballad
  4. Vox in Rama (part 1)
  5. Vox in Rama (part 2)
  6. Mandragora
  7. Eyes in the Well
  8. Earth and Fire
  9. Ecate -The Ritual (intro)
  10. Ecate
  11. Nemus Tempora Maleficarum
  12. Historia Nocturna


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