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Octavia Sperati

Octavia Sperati are a rarity: an all-female band that some listeners have categorized as doom metal. But it would be a mistake to think of the Norwegian outfit as a female version of YOB, Grief, or Saint Vitus; truth be told, their aggressive yet melodic material is really somewhere between goth metal and goth rock. Octavia Sperati do have some Black Sabbath influence -- and Sabbath, of course, have been a huge influence on the doom metal/stoner rock field.

Being Sabbath-influenced seems almost obligatory among doom and stoner bands, but a band doesn't have to have a doom or stoner orientation to be Sabbath-influenced. For Octavia Sperati, the Sabbath influence asserts itself in the guitar and bass playing rather than the vocals; in terms of vocal style, lead singer Silje Wergeland has much more in common with Black Tape for a Blue Girl and Diva Destruction (both of which are goth rock acts with female singers) than she does with Ozzy Osbourne or -- for that matter -- the vocalists who have been a part of popular doom and stoner bands like Eyehategod, Orange Goblin, and Goatsnake. Apart from the Sabbath influence, Octavia Sperati don't inspire comparisons to any of those bands. Somewhat more accurate metal comparisons for Octavia Sperati might include Italy's Lifend and Greece's Astarte, both of which have the goth element and include female vocalists. But unlike Lifend or Astarte, Octavia Sperati are not part of either death metal or black metal -- and Wergeland favors an ethereal vocal style, not the sort of growls and rasps one associates with extreme metal. So the Lifend and Astarte comparisons, although valid in some respects, are not perfect comparisons by any means.

Octavia Sperati were formed in Bergen, Norway, in early 2000, when Trine Johansen (bass) got together with Bodil Myklebust (guitar), Gyri S. Losnegaard (guitar), and lead vocalist Wergeland (who, like many Scandinavian rockers, has no problem singing in perfect English). The thing they lacked at that point was a drummer, and Horgh (a member of Hypocrisy and former member of Immortal and Grimfist) referred them to his drummer girlfriend, Silje Royseth. In 2001, Tone Midtgaard became Octavia Sperati's main keyboardist; before Midtgaard's arrival, Wergeland had been playing all of the keyboards in addition to singing lead. In 2001 drummer Royseth departed, and was replaced by Hege Larsen (who had been with the Norwegian band Östblokk).

The following year, Octavia Sperati recorded a self-financed demo titled Guilty, and they enjoyed some financial support from the Norwegian government when they did some more recording in October 2003. Octavia Sperati continued to record in 2004, when they signed with Candlelight Records -- and those 2003 and 2004 recordings ended up on their debut album, Winter Enclosure (whose producers include Herbrand Larsen and Arve Isdal, both known for their contributions to Norwegian black metal/death metal band Enslaved). Candlelight (a British label with an office in the Philadelphia suburbs) released Winter Enclosure in Europe in May 2005 and in the United States in June 2005. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Pandora needs to get the rest of their music. These ladies are awesome.
Huh, interesting. They popped up on my Virgin Black station. I like it.
If there was ever a person who could replace Anneke, it is Silje.
Anneke should go back to The Gathering and Silje should go back to Octavia Sperati - this way we would have two really amazing bands!!!!
This is a great recording. One of my favorites!
Hmm... Idk if anyone else listens to Barlowgirl, but the vocals on Guilty am I sound almost identical to them... Barlowgirl is a christian pop/rock band so theyre completely different from octavia sperati :P im just curious
moonlit is one of my very favorited ever songs. And the world Froze, Going North and Lifelines and Depths are all good too.
Huh, just heard this band for the first time, I think I'm going to look into them in the future.
Yes, finally! Pandora's playing more of this band! I loves me some Octavia Sperati!
One of my fav bands...
I LOVE THIS BAND! I HAVE THE ALBUM GRACE SUMERGED, THEY R ALWAYS INSPIRING ME TO BECOME A BETTER MUSICIAN =D
psluna2
These girls are an inspiration for me, not just because their music is so beautiful, but also because of the fact that they are an all girl band, and I happen to be a female musician. Thank you for encouraging me, Octavia Sperati, and keep up the good work.
I just noticed that only half of the tracks on Grace Submerged have attributes. This is a bloody crime - they don't even have Deprivation (my favorite track from the album for reasons that are hard to explain because I can't find a decent quality recording of the song online to show people, blargh)!
I picked up Grace Submerged this evening, haven't had a chance to listen through it yet though thanks to all the other albums I bought (I had a $50 gift card, burned through all but 6 cents!).

Edit: Now I have, awesome from start to finish!
I was starting to miss this band on my station. Thanks, Pandora!
Great band. Glad Pandora decided to play a song other than the one mentioned below.
And the world froze is a really good tune also
I just heard that one last night, and you're quite right.
"Dead End Poem" = brilliance!
Speak like Yoda, sometimes I do. But seriously, the phrase 'thumbs up' is a tricky little blighter!
And Matt dont know if what you where going for is yoda but if so you pulled it of you did yes
this isnt really doom metal more goth metal but wont argue semantics besides its still pretty good
Very interesting sound - thumbs up it gets!
I can dig this stuff. I'm usually not much of a doom metal fan, but this band is pretty good.
whoa...
I just heard "Guilty Am I"... it's amazing! stronger than what I've heard from Evanescence!
liljules
Not quite as strong as Evanescence or Lacuna Coil...but still good
aztlanahauc
Some good music here.
maxhammer200 5
Stunningly beautiful ! Angelic !
Just heard this band for the first time. Nice! Thanks Pandora.
twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
Loki was associated with mischief, yes- in that respect, very similar to Coyote in Native American mythology. But from a more elemental standpoint, he was a fire-god. Technically, he's not even a god at all- he's a fire giant. But for the purposes of discussion, "fire-god" will do.

That is a badass name for a cat!! I've always thought Bastet and Hecate would be cool names for cats- hadn't considered Loki. That is awesome!
This is good! :D
I like this band, and the fact that they're all female adds to their coolness. It's not common that you see that. Most bands are either co-ed or all male.
Wasn't, er, isn't Loki the god of mischief? That's why my cat was named that, LOL!
twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
i approve of vikings. loki is a cool god, even though he's the god of fire. favourite barbarian tribe- along with the celts, of course. and the romans. (granted, not technically barbarians, but just watch gladiator and you shall see my point.)
"Why is the rum always gone? Oh, that's why!" hehehe Jack Sparrow is my hero!
I'm not even sure if any of my ancestors crossed lines with Vikings, but I do have some pirate in me, so most likely, they did! Btw, this band rocks!
persephone, you might be able to order the CD's from the band's website or check Amazon.com. They're probably imported which would explain why they might be hard to find.

For the record, I am decended from bloody, vengeful vikings! LOL
twilight_ang e l 1 9 3 3
s o m e b o d y has issues, unless i missed something from angel of anarchy (in which case kindly explain). what's with the anti-viking rant? if you don't like the band, thumbs-down them, no band- or (barbarian-) bashing required.
on another note, does anyone know where i can find albums by them? no one seems to sell them.
these girls are great, really well put together sound. and i don't disagree too terribly much with the pandora "similar artists" as i usually do...
smokin hot
AWESOME!! a new discovery.Th a n k you Pandora
Very nice sound ! 2 thumbs up
Wow! Awesome all around! Beautiful voices! Great music!!!!

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