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It's very hard to write a bio of band that has such a long history but only one official release, the story OPUS EST is full of situations that could had lead o the development of a real and prolific band, but the circumstances were against them, starting with the fact that the idea of the band was formed around 1977 when Prog Rock was dying due to the pressure imposed by Punk from the alternative musical spectrum and Disco from the mainstream side, so it was hard for a new band to appear in such a chaotic moment.

Officially OPUS EST was founded in 1977 by Kent Olofsson on guitar, Anders Olofsson on drums, and Torbjörn Svensson on bass, their main goal was to sound close enough to their most beloved band MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, so they called themselves KRISHNA.

In the same year the two Oloffson's (not related) meet a drunk guy in Spain who proposes the name OPUS EST and they like it, so they realize the band needs a vocalist and contact Håkan Nilsson, who had an spectacular voice, but strangely left singing after OPUS EST disbands.

During the next few years the band starts to write material with influences that go from Stravinsky to ELP, passing by Yes and even genesis, but it's not until 1982 (with a change in the lineup), when they join a contest organized by Radio Blekinge, and the band wins the first place.

In that moment they decide to release their forst album "Opus I" which due to the fact that they were using the famous poet W.H. Auden lyrics (getting the royalties was hard) and to the fact that it was going to be something almost private, they release 500 copies of this album, and this was all, in 1983, the band ceases to exist.

During the next years,. They meet for short periods of time, but the band is never able to recapture the magic, until 2004 when Musea releases "OPUS I" again and a second album called "Opus II" with previously unreleased material recorded in 1979 from a radio. two new versions recorded in 2004 from early compositions and four tracks from between 1983 and 1984.

A very interesting band who deserved greater things and both albums are excellent additions for any collection.

Iván Melgar Morey

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1.55 | 12 ratings
Opus I

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3.27 | 7 ratings
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 Opus I by OPUS EST album cover Studio Album, 1983
1.55 | 12 ratings

Opus I
Opus Est Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
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1 stars This is an album I will not review thoroughly. And this is because there are a few aspects of this band and album that tell the whole story and make it quite useless to do for instance song by song reviewing.

And then I'm talking mainly about the vocals of Hakan Nilsson. In some of my reviews I stated that I would not complaint too emphatic about vocals anymore since many progbands happen to deal with (very) debatable vocals. But mr Nilsson is where I draw the line unfortunately. This voice really gets on my nerves and worse of all: is present very dominantly in just about every song on this album. Besides this he is most of the time accompanied by a very annoying organ that has more or less the same impact on me as the vocals. And if I tell you we are talking about 80-90 % of the sound on this album with these two negative aspects I think I made myself clear enough.

This is a personal opinion though. I read a review on an Uzbeki (!) prog review website about this album and the reviewer was actually very positive and gave it 4 stars. So I have to say this in the benifit of the album. I would take a careful listen before buying this is my last advice. I can only give this one star because of the statements above. Maybe I should be more respectful to it because it's from 1983, as most of us know a year in a period (early eighties) in which prog was just about stone dead and neo prog was trying to revive it. I know this but still I can do nothing else but judging it for what it sounds like.

 Opus II  by OPUS EST album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.27 | 7 ratings

Opus II
Opus Est Neo-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This is a Swedish band that released the LP Opus I in 1983, unfortunately one year later Opus Est disbanded. Recently French progrock label Musea has re-released this LP on CD. They were so enthousiasticly about the other early material the band sent along with the tapes from the original LP that Musea invited Opus Est to put it on a CD. Eventually this led to a compilation CD featuring eight songs: two from 1979 (radio recordings), two new versions recorded in 2004 from early compositions and four tracks recorded between 1983 and 1984.

The first four songs (1979 and 2004) are inspired by mid-Genesis (keyboards and twanging guitars) and early Yes (Jon Anderson-like vocals) but Opus Est doesn't sound as a clone, the band has succeeded to blend their sources of inspiration with lots of good ideas. I was delighted about the interplay between the guitar and keyboards but I also enjoyed th pleasant shifting moods, the fluent synthesizer flights, the sensitive electric guitar and the folky interludes with flute and acoustic guitar. Remarkable are some parts with fiery electric guitar (also wah-wah pedal use) and some powerful breaks, these moments showscase Opus Est their appreciation for Mahavishnu Orchestra. The four songs from the 1983/1984 era sound different and varied: a propulsive rhythm with sparkling keyboards in Springtime, swinging and a bit funky with fiery guitar in Winter, dreamy with warm piano and vocals and a final part with howling guitar in Marie-Claire and a wonderful atmosphere and great build-up with fat synthesizer runs and Hakcett inspired guitar in the final song Square The Circle.

Don't expect the level of bands Yes/Genesis inspired bands like Neuschwanstein, Netherworld, Lift or Druid, just enjoy this tasteful arranged, very melodic and varied progrock album with beautiful work on guitar and pleasant keyboards.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Ivan_Melgar_M for the last updates

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