Distributor/label URL: http://www.dusktone.eu/
Buy Album: http://www.dusktone.eu/product/opera-ix-the-gospel/
Band Website: http://www.operaix.it
BAND LINE UP:
Ossian – guitars
Dipsas Dianaria – vocals
Charon – bass
m:A Fog – drums
Alessandro Muscio – keyboards
5.House Of The Wind
7.Queen of the Serpents
Here we have The Gospel, the 8th full album from Italian symphonic black metallers Opera IX, a band that has been around for more than 30 years in the scene. So, let’s see what they offer us in their newest endeavour. The Gospel consists of 9 songs and it adds up to almost 50 mins of playing time. The album opens with the self-titled track, a folkish main melody, it lures us into what the album is gonna be all about. Mid-tempo melodic atmospheric symphonic black metal with some violent outbursts reminiscent of the mid to late 90s sound of Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon and Covenant. In the mix, the Italians put their own elements as well which makes the album pleasant and fresh to hear instead of creating a copycat album that would just bore the listener to death. Highlights are Chapter II, Chapter III, The Invocation and Cimaruta but nonetheless the whole album is solid and has consistency with a nice flow that makes it enjoyable from start to finish.
The 90s were the greatest decade for the dark metal genres cause that was when metal withdrew from the spotlights and went to darker paths. The question is why an old band like Opera IX never made it big even though they had the sound and the music knowledge to do it. Undoubtedly there are bigger names than Opera IX that are way lower quality musicians and their albums are not as good as The Gospel but they made it big time. The reason: they were simply Norwegian or had better make up. I’m glad Opera IX never gave up creating music because The Gospel is a really good symphonic black metal album. It’s not gonna change the genre or create a hype that will put black metal back to the metal mainstream (that ship has long sailed), but it will support the genre in its struggle for survival. Blacksters should embrace endeavours that are not focused only on the image but on the quality of musicianship as well. The Gospel offers dark, misty atmosphere with gloomy mid-tempo melodies infused with symphonic outbreaks wrapped with great production and really nice vocals that don’t end up to be too squeaky (always a slippery slope for black metal bands). I suggest the fans of the genre buy it because it’s a great comeback.