Feb 06

Opera Diabolicus – †1614 (2012)


What happens when destiny decides to put David Grimoire and Adrian De Crow on each other’s path during a play of Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose on Gothemburg, Sweden in 2006. Well the result is Opera Diabolicus a super group that took six years of creative work to release a fine musical piece like †1614. The project counts with musicians like Snowy Shaw (Therion, Ex-Dimmu Borgir & King Diamond) Mats Leven (Therion, Krux), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil), and Jake E (Amaranthe, Dreamland).

In †1614 you can find influences of Dimmu Borgir, Therion, Candlemass, King Diamond and more. The album has elements of black metal, death metal, and a heavy dose of doom metal that combined with theatrical/movie sound track, and symphonic elements makes difficult to put this album down. Opera Diabolicus on this album tells the story of the countess Elizabeth Bathory, who gained fame during the 17th century for murder hundreds of young virgin women, and bath on their blood to keep her own youth.

the album kicks off with a dark and agonic Overture that sets the tone for the rest of the album, followed by The Gates the longest track of the album (10:01) but also one of the most complex and emotive songs. the story continues with Blood Countess Elizabeth, the core and concept of the album. The growling voice of Snowy Shaw and the beautiful soft voice of Camilla Alisander Ason made of this track a perfect rendition of music and storytelling. The 13th guess and Mythos Lamia are tracks that expose the complexity and high musicianship on the record by the artists performing on it.

The first delivery of Opera Diabolicus is a masterpiece on its own, great doomy melodies in sync with symphonic passages, and great lyrics telling the story of the blood countess. Elements that definitely make of †1614 one of the best albums of 2012.

Track Listing:

  1. Overture
  2. The Gates
  3. Blood Countess Bathory
  4. The 13th Guest
  5. In Memoriam
  6. Mythos Lamia
  7. Forbidden
  8. Stone By Stone



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