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Opera IX are a symphonic black metal band formed in Italy in 1988 by guitarist Ossian.
Opera IX was always more than a straight-forward black metal band, mixing elements of thrash and death metal with symphonic elements; even folk influences. The band was known for their strong occult themes on earlier releases and gradually became focussed around topics of paganism as their career progressed.
'The Black Opera' was Opera IX's third album, and first for their new label Avantgarde Music. It was recorded at Studio Underground (Madder Mortem, October Tide, Carnal Forge) in Sweden and was produced and engineered by Pelle Saether .
Released in 2000, the album attracted praise due to the characteristic, varied and uncommon (especially at the time) black metal vocals of front-woman Cadaveria, mixed with other cleaner vocal styles to compliment the music.
A conceptual, very dark and occult melodic metal album, 'The Black Opera' closes with a rendition of 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' by Bauhaus.
1. The First Seal
2. Beyond The Black Diamond Gates
3. Carnal Delight In The Vortex Of Evil
4. Congressus Cum Daemone
5. The Magic Temple
6. The Sixth Seal
7. Bela Lugosi's Dead