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dismaleuphony
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  15.12.2008 at 09:36
One of my favorite CDs of 2008 has to be Operatika's debut album, "The Calling." I'd been awaiting their debut album for quite some time after seeing them awhile back after they'd been a local opener, and it was really worth the wait.

Operatika is a symphonic power metal band, with a neoclassical touch. What really sets the band apart is guitarist Bill Visser, who has a style rarely found in this genre, and plays it with ease. He's a bit over-indulgent at times with some parts, but this is not a complaint by any means; instead it feels like he's letting us know of his potential for future releases.

The band features lots of synth melodies, and operatic female vocals as well from entertaining frontwoman Slava Popova. Now I know this seems like a typical band that we hear of, but first off, they hail from the US, which is a plus for me, as I so often wonder when a great band who can play this style will emerge from nearby me. And also, this isn't a band attempting to be commercial or soft sounding with filler ballads - instead it's all power, from start to finish! It is a debut of course, so some of the songs get a bit similar at times, but Operatika is a band I'm very enthusiastic about and recommend to anyone who is a fan of the symphonic metal style and operatic vocals, but wishes there was something new to come to the style!

Their myspace page can be found HERE

This is the cover art to their debut:
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"Our time's approaching, we seem to lose control.
So many things we should have done before we died."
--- To Cast A Shadow, "The Answer"
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From: Denmark

  15.12.2008 at 21:26
Knowing your taste in symphonic metal this is a must try for me. I'll check it out as soon as my exams are over and I have some moments to spare.

Great cover btw
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Age: 32
From: Denmark

  12.03.2009 at 16:31
Finally had the time to listen to this. I checked the songs on their MySpace. It sounds pretty sweet. Great symphonic power
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Ellrohir
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  12.03.2009 at 18:06
First time i heard one song on youtube and i found it perfect...later i listened to whole one album and wasnt so impressed that time...
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The bones of beasts and the bones of kings
Become dust in the wake of the hymn
Mighty kingdoms rise, but they all will fall
No more than a breath on the wind


DarkMoor99
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  13.03.2009 at 12:52
I hope they're not the same as Visions Of Atlantis, becase I get bored when I listen to them.
Ellrohir
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  13.03.2009 at 13:04
Hey! i love Visions Of Atlantis!
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The bones of beasts and the bones of kings
Become dust in the wake of the hymn
Mighty kingdoms rise, but they all will fall
No more than a breath on the wind


dismaleuphony
Razorbliss

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Age: 36
From: USA

  13.03.2009 at 14:35
Written by Guest on 13.03.2009 at 12:52

I hope they're not the same as Visions Of Atlantis, becase I get bored when I listen to them.

Just to let you know, they are not like Visions Of Atlantis, particularly when it comes to the guitarwork. Whether or not you will enjoy Operatika, I have no idea, but they are quite different I feel.
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"Our time's approaching, we seem to lose control.
So many things we should have done before we died."
--- To Cast A Shadow, "The Answer"
GT
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Age: 32
From: Denmark

  13.03.2009 at 15:16
Written by Guest on 13.03.2009 at 12:52

I hope they're not the same as Visions Of Atlantis, becase I get bored when I listen to them.

I would say that they're a bit heavier than VOA even though I'm not that familiar with VOA and doesn't really like the stuff that I've heard that much. Anyway I would say go for it. It doesn't hurt to try it
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DarkMoor99
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  13.03.2009 at 22:03
Written by dismaleuphony on 13.03.2009 at 14:35

Written by Guest on 13.03.2009 at 12:52

I hope they're not the same as Visions Of Atlantis, becase I get bored when I listen to them.

Just to let you know, they are not like Visions Of Atlantis, particularly when it comes to the guitarwork. Whether or not you will enjoy Operatika, I have no idea, but they are quite different I feel.


Okay I will try it.
Dominus
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From: Argentina

  23.03.2009 at 17:29
I like much The Calling. It is an album very good and a band to consider in the future.
replica of me

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From: Poland

  28.03.2009 at 17:23
I was a bit dissapointed with this release. It's not bad, well in fact it is really good, but after their first EP I was expecting something more. And I am suprised that they did not include the title song from there on their debut album.
dismaleuphony
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  19.08.2009 at 22:05
Written by replica of me on 28.03.2009 at 17:23

I was a bit dissapointed with this release. It's not bad, well in fact it is really good, but after their first EP I was expecting something more. And I am suprised that they did not include the title song from there on their debut album.

Well, I guess I missed this post I really didn't miss the inclusion of the demo EP's title track in "The Calling." I think it's because I feel it was a smart decision to leave it exclusively on the EP in the sense that it's the song that directly sounds like a derivative of Nightwish. I enjoy the track for sure, but whenever I'd listened to the demo, I really looked forward to hearing "Gladiator" because it had more of a personal touch to it.
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"Our time's approaching, we seem to lose control.
So many things we should have done before we died."
--- To Cast A Shadow, "The Answer"
Ag Fox
Angel No More

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  23.08.2009 at 00:25
Listening to "The Calling" right now and thanks for the rec. It's been a while that I've found a Symphonic Power Metal album which I haven't heard of sounds interesting. For quite some time now I thought I don't like the genre any more lol
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