Operus: Score Of Nightmares-2020.

Operus:Epic Symphonic Metal from Canada.


Opus IEP2015 
Score of NightmaresFull-length2020
Oscar Rangel
Guitars, Vocals (backing) (2009-present)
See also: Barking SpiderEntropyMasteryMortifexObey the MoonOf Hatred Spawn, ex-AdllivyttumM, ex-Annihilator (live)
Wojtek Sokolowski
Bass, Vocals (backing) (2013-present)
See also: ex-Eclipse Eternal, ex-Panzerfaust
Robin Howe
Cello (2013-present)
JJ Tartaglia
Drums (2015-present)
See also: Of Hatred SpawnSkull Fist
David Michael Moote
Vocals (2017-present)
Dean Arnold
Guitars (2019-present)
See also: Primalfrost, ex-Vital Remains, ex-Will of the Ancients, ex-Eclipse Prophecy (live), ex-Lesion

Past Members:

Clare B.Keyboards
See also: ex-Bleak Destiny, ex-Eclipse Eternal, ex-Hexenklad
Brody OverfalleDrums (2012-2014)
See also: ex-The Silent, ex-Xyphos, ex-Astral Enslavement, ex-Overfalle
Brittany DasilvaGuitars (2012-2014)
See also: ex-The Silent
Tara MillsVocals, Flute (2013-2014)
Alan MadhavanDrums, Percussion (2014-2015)
See also: ex-Archaic Guilt, ex-Burn to Black, ex-Nephelium
Rob HoldenGuitars (2014-?)
See also: ex-Conquer, ex-Left Hand Creation, ex-Vital Remains (live)
Will PattersonVocals (lead) (2014-2017)
See also: Anuryzm, ex-Exile
1.Overture of Madness01:25 
2.Phantasia05:33  Show lyrics
3.Lost05:04  Show lyrics
4.Dance with Fire05:38  Show lyrics
6.Where Falcons Fly04:37  Show lyrics
7.Nightmares05:32  Show lyrics
8.Book of Shadows03:52  Show lyrics
9.The Mirror02:29  Show lyrics
10.Ruin05:35  Show lyrics
11.La Llorona07:33  Show lyrics

One thought on “Operus: Score Of Nightmares-2020.

  1. duijffke, February 19th, 2021
    Of course, a musical-inspired symphonic power metal outfit like Operus must start an album with a short cinematic introduction. Annoying as it might be to some when a collection of songs is preceded by, well, not a song, such an orchestral minute before actual hell breaks loose does help to set the mood for an entire album sometimes. Operus does this splendidly: after one minute the listener already knows they can expect grand compositions and epic melodies. To be honest, anyone could’ve guessed that simply judging by the band’s name, but the Canadians decided to lay it on thick with their Overture of Madness. What might not immediately be expected upon hearing the introduction and the Rhapsody- and Avantasia-inspired Phantasia (this is a phantasia) is the immense speed in for example Lost.

    I’m not such a big fan of (Luca Turilli’s/Lione) Rhapsody (Of Fire) (And Perhaps More) and their over-the-top orchestrations, theatrical singing and magic sphere. I find their music borderline chaotic most of the time and can’t enjoy their songs for more than a few dozen minutes without getting annoyed. The same problem occurs with “Score of Nightmares” albeit a little less prominently. Operus know when to dial back after the thickly layered first few songs and throw in a necessary piano-driven classical intermezzo to build up to Where Falcons Fly. With its creative structure and dramatic chorus this is one of the more exciting tracks on the CD. Some parts of the song are quite similar to Bane of Winterstorm (look them up if their name doesn’t ring a bell) but this slight derivativeness can be forgiven.

    The fact that “Score of Nightmares” doesn’t drive me insane is partly thanks to the songwriting. Melodies don’t fly back and forth, the better part of the choruses and guitar solos are instantly memorable, especially in Nightmares, and Moote’s vocals are clear and powerful. It’s also a very welcome change in the genre that the lyrics are actually understandable, which isn’t always the case with for instance Italian symphonic power metal bands. On top of that, this album gives away some surprises. I already mentioned Lost, which is not only one of the fastest songs here, but also contains a tasteful string section. Book of Shadows suddenly develops into a scary four-minute song with blast beats and inventive guitar leads that reminds me most of something that could’ve been written by a Norwegian black metal band, but with clean vocals.

    As good as the songs work on its own, I sometimes feel like the album doesn’t flow as smoothly as I’d like it to. Dance with Fire and The Mirror don’t make sense to me as they don’t fit in with the other songs. Ruin has somewhat the same problem and isn’t as memorable as a second-to-last track should be to hold the listener’s attention towards the end. Thankfully, Operus make up for the slightly messy second half with La Llorona. It’s their perfect closing track, written in Operus’ recognisable style. Each song should’ve been this exciting and this dramatic. Partly thanks to the signature changes here the seven-and-a-half minutes pass by very quickly without feeling too short. Operus seemingly doesn’t need 10 minutes to write a 10-minute epic.

    As far as I’m concerned, Operus can continue this way and still find room for improvement. The production of “Score of Nightmares” is amazing with every single instrument given a role in the foreground and the musicians are very talented. However, I’m left with more mixed feelings than I would’ve wanted. “Score of Nightmares” didn’t give me the right amount of goosebump moments, but maybe I’m being a bit of a sourpuss and this album deserves a higher score than I’m giving it. In all honesty, Operus put out a very solid album, but I think they need just another few years to come up with something amazing. I for one can’t wait – bring on their significant third!

    Highlights: Lost, Book of Shadows, La Llorona

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