Opera IX - The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum (CD)

Opera IX - The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum (CD)

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Track listing

  1. Act I: The First Seal
  2. Act II: Beyond the Black Diamond Gates
  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 (Bauhaus cover)

Review

Alternately measured, stately, eerie, driving, depressing, bombastic, or energetic, the seven songs (including a cover of the Bauhaus classic 'Bela Lugosi's Dead - pretty much a perfect choice for this band) here, when listened to in a single sitting, take you through a long journey of dark metal styles and melodic offerings - from the claustrophobic inner space of lightless muted-chord/doublebass crunching to breathing atmospheric passages that completely let go of the throttling pace in order to spread a web of tenebrous (it's part of the title!) infernal magic. There is something very close to Greek black metal in their sound, but I can not tell exactly what it is - the obscure riffing, the mid-paced walking through disparate melodies, the 'epic' compositions? - 4/5