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MISSA MERCURIA is a rock opera project supported mainly by various German metal bands. The many characters of the opera are sung by: DC Cooper of SILENT FORCE (who is also responsible for the lyrics), Sabine Edelsbacher of EDENBRIDGE, Andy Kunts of VANDEN PLAS, David Redman of PINK CREAM 69; and last but not least, among their ranks are black session soul singer Lori Williams as well as classical opera singer, soprano Isolde Groß.

Their self-titled album, released in 2002, offers an eclectic set of very hooky pieces ranging from calm, atmospheric passages to jazz and heavy metal. The story line is a fantasy involving four deities each representing one of the four elements (earth, fire, water and air) and their quest to prevent humanity's self-destruction with the help of the divine messenger Missa Mercuria. The music is rich, multi-layered and multi-tempo yet very accessible, with great atmospherics, classy singing and a superb production handled by Dennis Ward.

Fans of the German bands mentioned above will certainly want to check them out, as will fans of classic rock operas such as AYREON and AINA.

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Missa Mercuria Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Missa Mercuria is a relatively unknown multinational band with one album in their pockets so far. Here featuring some well known and respected musicians from diffrent genres, but they manage to relashionship very well in the end, musicaly speaking. DC Cooper ex Royal Hunt , Silent Force on vocals, Sabine Edelsbacher from Edenbridge same on vocals, David Readman from Pink Cream 69 voice aswell, Andy Kuntz from Vanden Plas vocals helped by his friends also from Vandn Plas Andreas Lill on drums and G'nter Werno keyboards + Stephen Lill on guitars. From Pink Cream 69 are also Dennis Ward on the bass and Alfred Koffler on the guitar. Alex Beyroth also featuring here the guitarist from Silent Force. So, a big line up, but what about the music? Well, this is a progressive metal album with a rock opera feel, musicianship is great and same the sound. Missa Mercuria is very much sounding like I'm combining Vanden Plas with Edenbridge + Royal Hunt. I really like it, some pieces are killer like Whisper of the Soul (Watergoddess) featuring female vocalist Sabine Edelsbacher from Edenbridge, excellent mid tempo piece with some symphonic touches here and there, another highlight is Mother Earth (Earthgoddess), maybe my fav piece from here, featuring Lori Williams, kick ass tune, a piece compose by Pink Cream 69 guitarist Alfred Koffler. So, all in all a great album, quite diverse in copositions, from more up tempo to slow moments this worth to be discovered. Each musician brings great moments and all are very well done. 3.5 stars.

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3.56 | 12 ratings

Missa Mercuria
Missa Mercuria Progressive Metal

Review by semismart
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Isn't it interesting how some thirty years after the immense popularity of Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell there seems to be a resurgence of Rock Operas. Or maybe you weren't aware of that. Well, in the last year alone, there have been four Rock Operas released that I can think of.

Coincidently, with this review, I will have reviewed all four: Aina - Days of Rising Doom, Ayreon - The Human Equation, Gary Hughes - Once and Future King and Missa Mercuria - Missa Mercuria (The import version was released two years ago, regular edition released in July)

Granted, these Rock Operas are not the kind that can and have been performed on a stage but they are rock Operas none the less, just as Tommy(the first Rock Opera) and Quadrophenia were. These albums all tell a story and usually have a bevy of guest musicians and singers. In genre they range from Progressive Metal (The Human Equation) to Symphonic Metal (Aina) and in between.

Rock Operas should not be confused with concept albums, which also tell a story but do not utilize multiple singers and seldom use guest musicians. Much of Savatage's work and Evergrey as well are concept albums. The most universally admired concept album is Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime. Also most Epic Power Metal albums are concept in nature, Rhapsody, Dark Moor, Freedom Call etc.

Missa Mercuria

I'm not quite sure about the story behind Missa Mercuria. It seems to be about environmental catastrophe and there seems to be Gods representing the four elements, Water, Fire, Air and Earth and the fifth god, the divine messenger Missa Mercuria herself all of whom are trying to revive humanity, which has perished or is on life support.

Of the sixteen tracks, seven are instrumentals though several (the shorter ones) are introductions to vocal songs. Though I feel only a few songs are outstanding, no song slips below very good and that's very good.

Missa Mercuria is a collaboration between several bands and their singers along with guest singers and guest musicians. The music has an epic, somewhat symphonic metal feel. Musically the songs are very rich and layered, yet extremely accessible, with great engaging atmospheres and moods. All singers are excellent with kudos to Isolde Groß who has a voice similar to but even better than Tarja Turgen and D.C.Cooper who has a voice like a crooner but is also right at home with rock. Edenbridge's Sabine Edelsbacher also does an excellent performance, though she is relegated to only one song (perhaps the best) and that's a shame. Overall the album is very pleasant and easy to listen to with only three of the songs, "Divine Spark", "Bursting Ego" and "Rectificando" even getting into the rock area and one, "Spirit of Wisdom" would be better described as progressive metal, though the opening instrumental, Earth's Destruction sounds a tad ominous.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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