1. Hails, Cadaveria !!! How are you ? 
Fine thanks (to be honest I'm a little tired). 

2. Ok, Cadaveria, let us start by asking you about the name Opera IX, what does it mean to you and why was it chosen as the name of your band? 
The name Opera IX mirrors the band's evil soul: 'Opera' must be intendend as 'creation', as a ritual to mould and rule the matter, the outcome of a labour, the realization of a thought, of a will and of a way of being... 'IX' is a meaningful number (like 3 and 6) and for a long time it has been synonymous of magic: it has the power of 3 times 3, the perfect  number, it is the more distant nunber from 1 (one, that represents god), it is the last solitary number, over it there is nothing, the boundary over which there is mystery. We cannor choose another name! 
 
3. Can you give us a brief history of Opera IX . Which are your main influences ? 
Opera IX was born in the end of eighties as a one man band of Ossian (guitar). Then me (Cadaveria), Vlad (bass) and Flegias (drums) entered the band. Actually lunaris at the keyboards has completed the line-up. We started by chance, united by a common wish to express ourselves through a music we like, dealing with our personal interest in occultism and in all what is ancient and unknown. 
 

4. Your new release, "Sacro Culto". Tell us abit about it... Are you satisfied with the final result (production and mix) ? 
Sacro Culto is surely our best album, better if compared with "The Call of the Wood" first of all for the production: "Sacro Culto" is better recorded and mixed andits sound is more aggressive and persuasive. Then the artwork, 'cause "S. C." is a digipack. 

5. How are the divulgation and reception of your new CD ? 
Really good. Unfortunately Shiver Records is a major so I don't think we will reach more then 7000/8000 copies, but all fans write from all over the world with congratulations and 99% of reviews have been positive. 

 
6. What elements are going to be different for this release as compared to the older material ? 
The sound in general! Lirically we have not changed so much. 

7. How are your shows ? And your performance on stage ? 
On stage we try to recreata the typical atmospheres of our music. We do this with the help of candles, incenses and occult objects... the rest is done by music itself. 
 
8. How has your touring situation been? Could you tell us about some of the places you've toured and with whom? What are your plans to tour in the future? 
We are still touring in Italy. We have played with many bands... ABSU, Sadistik Exekution, Enslaved, Marduk, Benediction and so on. In winter we have done a mini tour in Belgium. 

9. Is it easy to get gigs in Italy ? 
Yes, there's a great scene. 

10. Who are some of your fave bands on the scene right now and who are the best newcomers? 
Iím not so much into the new scene, I can tell you what I usually listen to: Dissection, At the Gates, My Dying Bride, Opthalamia. 
 

11. Tell us about some of the lyrics of your new release and what some of the topics you deal with are. 
I will tell you the meaning of Sacro Culto lyrics: the first track,"The Oak", talks about na ancient sacrifical ceremony celebrated in a temple of wood and stones, standing to the sky; in "Fronds of the Ancient Walnut" nature calls and invites us to partecipate to a sabbath; "The Naked and the Dance" is pure enjoyment of sensations, na exchange of energies between the earth and the bodies; "Cimmeries" is the most epic and aggressive song of the album. It talks about ancient people (the Cimmeri) who adored the power of iron and the light of their swords. "My Devotion" is the most private song Opera IX ever written. It is our "Credo", for this reason I think it is better to listen to it then to explain it with words. Finally the song "Under the Sign of the Red Dragon" narrates the war scenes of the men who is well known as the Impaler. 

  
11. Tell us about some of the lyrics of your new release and what some of the topics you deal with are. 
I will tell you the meaning of Sacro Culto lyrics: the first track,"The Oak", talks about na ancient sacrifical ceremony celebrated in a temple of wood and stones, standing to the sky; in "Fronds of the Ancient Walnut" nature calls and invites us to partecipate to a sabbath; "The Naked and the Dance" is pure enjoyment of sensations, na exchange of energies between the earth and the bodies; "Cimmeries" is the most epic and aggressive song of the album. It talks about ancient people (the Cimmeri) who adored the power of iron and the light of their swords. "My Devotion" is the most private song Opera IX ever written. It is our "Credo", for this reason I think it is better to listen to it then to explain it with words. Finally the song "Under the Sign of the Red Dragon" narrates the war scenes of the men who is well known as the Impaler. 

12.What's your source of inspiration when you create your music, and lyrics ? 
Ourselves, the magic there's inside us. We really paly what we like to play and we don't care to belong to any particular kind of existent music. 

13. How do you see this news bands which mix metal with folk music, nationalist thought, aliens... ? How do you see the future of metal ? 
I respect all bands that believe in what they play. I don't know what will happen in the future of metal but I hope only the best will survive. 

14. How do you spend your spare time? Hobbies, interests ? 
I read alot, I love to play with my dog and to walk with it, I drink beer (not so much in these last time, maybe I'm becoming serious !?!), I sleep. 
 
15. I'll tell you different words/names and you give me you thoughts about it. 
- Hino de Mameli 
- Apokalipse 
- Giuseppe Garibaldi 
- European Unification 
- Benito Mussolini 
- Roman Empire 
- world actual politic,economic and social situation 
Iím sorry but all these are too much far from my mind to express an opinion. 
 

16. Talking about sales, how was "The Call of the Wood" done for you ? 
Officially about 5.000. But I think some artful men have reprinted it without permission: it it impossible so many people know the Call of the Wood and only 5.000 copies have been sold! 

17. What three books and or movies would you consider essential ? 
Books: Shaytan's Legion (1st edition), I Fiori del Male (Boudelaire), La Divina Commedia (Dante Alighieri). 
Movies: Metropolis (Fritz Lang), Twean Peaks (serial by tv by David Lynch), Crash (Kronemberg). 

 
18. What kind of equipment does the band use ? 
Sorry: it's a secret. 

19. Among musicians , it is common to be under the influence of hard drugs , so what is Opera IX stand on this issue ? To Stop the Madness or to simply quote Euronymous "Never Stop the Madness" ? 
Iím not against light drugs, but I can't smoke marijuana while Iím singing (I brave you to remember a song of 15 minutes if you have smoked!) 
 
20. If you could exist in any era of any part of the world, which would it be and why? 
I like USA and Scotland but I prefer to live in Italy: it's my home. 

21. Plans to the future ? 
A new devastating album! 

22. Thanks .... Your final message... 
Thank you and all fans for the support. GORGOT ASSAI BELEM!