|CD REVIEW Opera Diabolicus|
Band: Opera Diabolicus
1614 gets described as a Doom Opera by the duo behind Opera Diabolicus, David Grimoire (guitars, music) and Adrian De Crow (bass and lyrics). Yes, I spontaneously started laughing as well when I first read this. But believe me: it is all right.
The duo recorded 1614 at the Sonic Train Studio with producer / mixer / engineer Andy LaRocque himself (!) (mastering: Mika Jussila, at Finnvox Studio!), and the album includes lots of guest and sessions appearances, both vocally and instrumentally. The vocals, for example, were done by some well-known artists, like Snowy Shaw (Firegod, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dream Evil, Notre Dame etc.; he takes care of the drum parts on this album as well) or Mats Levén (Krux, Therion, Abstract Algebra and many more).
1614 brings an operatic and Middle Ages / Drama-inspired kind of Heavy / Doom Metal with a most traditional approach, yet of the bombastic and technical-melodic kind. Intense riffing, atmospheric keyboard lines, a down-tuned rhythm section, a Gothic atmosphere, a fine equilibrium in between tradition and modern progression (not of the avant-garde kind, of course), symphonic excerpts, an enormous scala on vocal timbres (including female voices, grunts and screams, harmony chants, grotesque choirs, melodic and clean vocals, etc.), a well-tuned balance of plagueful spells and neo-romantic emotions, and so on, and so on, and so on.
But… rather safely performed, I’m afraid. Lacking of brave experiments (that’s sad, because the lyrical inspiration, my sweet Lady Bathory, …)…