Origin: Bergen, Norway  
Genres: Gothic Metal
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Last update/review: March 19, 2009

Octavia Sperati

Founded in 2000, the band first known as Octavia took their name from a figure from Roman times (the sister of an emperor), and then, having learned that Octavia was already taken as a band name, appended the name Sperati (apparently the name of a local actress once upon a time). They were generally referred to as all-female, and for a time they actually were, but they employed a male drummer for most of their career, (like, curiously, another "all-female" band, Astarte). Anyway, their style is dark, gothic metal, somewhat like a doomier Madder Mortem, lush and dramatic yet still keeping a dominant metal pulse, as well as some oddities such as the tribal drum intro and mean guitar riff that opens "Below Zero". After two releases they announced in July 2008 that they were taking an extended break (often the precursor to a formal breakup, but that hasn't happened yet). In the meantime, vocalist Silje Wergelend won the vacated vocalist spot for The Gathering.

Current Members

Silje Wergeland

vocals (The Gathering)

Bodil Myklebust


Gyri S. Losnegaard


Trine C. Johansen


Tone Midtgaard


Ivar Alver


Former Members/Guests

Cristoffer Risbakk Vegsund



Winter Enclosure  
2005 Candlelight
  1. Intro
  2. Lifelines Of Depths
  3. Soundless
  4. Icebound
  5. Hymn
  6. Hunting Eye
  7. Future Is
  8. Below Zero
  9. Wasted On The Living
  10. Without Air (Before)
  11. Without Air (After)
  • Silje Wergeland
  • Bodil Myklebust
  • Gyri S. Losnegaard
  • Trine C. Johansen
  • Tone Midtgaard
  • Cristoffer Risbakk Vegsund

Grace Submerged  
2007 Candlelight
  1. Provenance of Hate
  2. Deprivation
  3. Guilty Am I
  4. Don't Believe A Word
  5. As Fire Swept Clean the Earth
  6. Moonlit
  7. Going North
  8. ...And Then the World Froze
  9. The Final Rest
  10. Submerged
  • Silje Wergeland
  • Bodil Myklebust
  • Gyri S. Losnegaard
  • Trine C. Johansen
  • Tone Midtgaard
  • Ivar Alver

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