OPEROSE are a new symphonic progressive metal band from the United
Kingdom, featuring the voice of rising opera sensation Jennifer Coleman.
How would you describe your new album Musically?
We really took the feedback from the first album on board and as such
OCEANS OF STARLIGHT is a lot more commercial and in line with what is
expected in the Symphonic Metal genre. The debut possibly tried
too hard to be different and it was therefore important to transform
what was a classical/metal cross over concept into a fully fledged
symphonic outfit. Experienced musicians were added to the line-up
and production team and a lot of work went into writing new
tracks. The end product is heavier with a lot more symphonic
elements and variety. The whole album tells a story from start to
finish and work also went into making sure there was space for the
listener to take a breather rather than being bombarded with heavy
track after heavy track.
And please tell me something about the lyrical concept of the album:
One thing that did work well in the debut was the concept story, paying
tribute to the Opera theme of the band. We therefore wanted to
involve the fans and held a vote for them to decide what the lyrical
concept should be for our new album. It was a landslide victory
for Cleopatra. We then based the whole album on this and focused
on the Battle of Actium and subsequent demise of Cleopatra.
How long did it take to record and write this album?
The whole process was a little over a year. After identifying
that we wanted to work with Markus Teske for the production, we booked
a realistic studio slot which gave a year deadline to write and record
everything. I actually tend to commission the artwork first as it
always inspires me to write music that fits the concept. We
recorded the vocals at the end in August 2019 before being mixed and
mastered in Germany in September.
What was the goal with making this album?
The ultimate goal of this album is to be enjoyed and accepted in a
fantastic symphonic metal genre and we really hope it achieves this.
The first album was about trying to do something different in a crowded
genre, this was about showing we can still be unique but in a way that
is true to the genre. We are hoping it resonates with a lot of
new fans, especially as the vocals are catchier and layered more with a
bigger overall production. The debut deliberately had a solo
tracked vocal to be in line with a more classical genre but it has been
layered where necessary on this album to add more dynamics and suit the
new sound we wanted to achieve. The whole dynamic of guitars and
vocals also collaborates more rather than competes, which was a
challenge at times in the debut.
What would you say are you musical Influences?
The album is maybe not as progressive as the first and was trying to
take inspiration from many sources. Prog is my go to genre but some
great symphonic bands such as Nightwish, Kamelot, Amberian Dawn and
Stratovarius no doubt inspired. Many classical composers also played a
huge role in the neoclassical instrumental track to close the album.
How have band member changes affected the bands sound and dynamics i.e. what have the new members brought to the band?
The new members made an immediate impact, bringing experience and fresh
impetus. We recruited Steve Hauxwell as a new drummer and Mike Bridge
in on bass and I felt it very important to give them free reign to add
their own stamp onto the tracks and it worked very well. The sound is
so much bigger than the debut with regards to production but the
performance also benefited from the fact that we each had clear roles,
time and space to add value to the tracks.
1- Battle Swan
2- Oceans of Starlight
3- Lost Horizon
4- This Life of Mine
5- Nothing Left
6- On Sleeping Tides
8- The Actium Suite
All tracks written by Joe McGurk
Vocals: Jennifer Coleman
Guitars: Joe McGurk
Bass: Mike Bridge
Drums: Steve Hauxwell
Recording and production credits:
Mixed and Mastered by Markus Teske
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