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Operatika - Dreamworld - 2005 - Unsigned

Track Listing
1. Dreamworld
2. Gladiator
3. The Storm
4. The Calling
New Jersey based Operatika has finally completed work on their demo CD entitled “Dreamworld”. The 4 track piece is actually only 3 full songs, but you can definitely get the feel for the type of music Operatika brings to the table. Fronting the group is Slava Popova who is blessed not only by her beauty but her incredible voice as well. There were a couple of factors that I enjoyed about this demo right off the bat. The first would be the amount of production that they placed in it as it seems as though many bands are making sure that their work is represented as best as possible before presenting it to a record label or fan base. As one listens to this piece, you think yourself finding a sampler of a major release.

On guitar is Bill Visser, who for the CD recorded all guitar and bass tracks. Bill is a furious technical guitar player whose abilities are nicely contrasted by the keyboard work of Anna Dok. Drummer Yuri steadily pounds his drum kit with a decent amount of ferocity and he is especially impressive on the track “Gladiator”. The level of play in this track can be compared to that of an Angra or Dragonforce track. Listening to these three numbers made me wish the CD was a little longer. I have seen this bands shirts and they also do a nice job in providing fans with a stylish design. Going the extra mile early in the game is always a good thing.

My only criticism of the Demo besides its short length is the fact that perhaps not every track should be consistent aria level of vocals. While Slava is great at this, it could work against them when being compared to those others who are succeeding in this genre. Showing a softer side on occasion will show that not only does the power exist but also the skill to adapt the music a little more. The time is definitely ripe for this band to move up in the ranks of their peers on the local scene and join forces with those Europeans who have already tasted this acclaim. Progressive Metal aficionados as well as fans of Nightwish or Within Temptation will most certainly find something in Operatika that they enjoy.


--Ken Pierce 05.10.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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DreamworldOperatika
2005
Ken Pierce5/26/2005


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