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Operatika Element

Formed: 2002
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Active


In June of 2002 Drummer Yuri, Vocalist Slava and Guitarist Bill met together for the first time in New Jersey. As the conversation went on around the dinner table, each learned what the others person's musical interests were and what kind of a musical project each would like to have. At the end of this meeting they decided to get together again very soon in the rehearsal studio.
As the second meeting took place in the studio, all three realized that they really should try to put together a new band and see where it can go. Everyone was very interested, since all three had a good musical background and enough experience playing with other musicians.
Even though the new band (that was still unnamed) needed a bass player and a keyboardist, Bill, Yuri & Slava kept rehearsing and working on putting together new material. Bill brought in great music, Yuri brought in thrilling double-kicks, and Slava brought in her operatic vocals. This is how Operatika was born.
A little later bass player Kostya joined in and the sound became much more complete. The first couple of songs were finally finished and the band could move onto the new material. Everything was going well but now the band really needed a name. This, of course, didn't come easy but after many ideas, suggestions, and discussions Operatika seemed not only to stick but also to really apply to the meaning and style of the music. And so, it stayed.
In early 2003 Operatika was excited to add another member to its list-keyboardist Anna, who completed the sound of all Operatika's songs. Now the new band wanted to finish enough songs for a live show set and a demo.
During the spring of 2003, bass player Kostya had to leave the band because of his studies. And while the band kept rehearsing and working on the new songs, bass player Chris came on to the scene.
With the band being complete and music for the full live set almost finished Operatika started looking into getting a live gig. That's when the band got a great offer from a famous Brooklyn club L'amour to open up for the Nightwish show on September 7, 2003. Operatika gladly accepted this offer and had a great time at the show that brought many positive responses.
While performing live, at the moment Operatika is also working on their first album.

Latest Operatika Element News

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Operatika Element Seeking Fans For Video Shoot

New Jersey's Operatika Element has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to appear in a new video:

"Operatika Element would like to thank all of you who made it to the show last Wednesday. We would also like to thank our friends A Sound Of Thunder for inviting us over to share the stage with them and Edge of Paradise, it was one awesome show!

"We are also very excited to announce that we will be shooting a video clip of our surprise Holiday special performance this coming Sunday.

"If anyone is interested to participate and appear in the video, please contact us via FB directly or simply email us at operatika@gmail.com. Rock On!" More...

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Operatika Element Streaming New Single

New Jersey's Operatika Element has posted the new song "Haunting in the Night" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:

"The wait is finally over! We are happy to present our much anticipated single 'Haunting in the Night,' which was mixed by Neil Kernon (Queensr├┐che, Nevermore, Nile). The song will be released on Amazon and ITunes in the nearest future. Thank you all so much for your patience, you guys ROCK! Stay Metal!" More...

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Operatika To Make Festival Appearance

New Jersey symphonic metal act Operatika has announced that it will perform at this year's edition of the Metal Female Voices Fest, set to take place between October 21-23, 2011 at the Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium.

The confirmed line-up now inludes:

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Operatika Working On New Album

Operatika has issued the following update about working on a new album to be released in 2011:

"New album updates: at the moment, Operatika is in full pre-production mode for our next album. Our new songs are heavier and more technical while incorporating our unique Operatika elements. Stay tuned for more news and the new record (to be released in 2011)."

You can also check out Operatika's music via the band's MySpace profile.

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Operatika Releases Dio Cover Song

Operatika has issued the following announcement about releasing a cover of Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock:"

"Operatika is pleased to announce this official release of our new single--Ronnie James Dio's "We Rock." It is our tribute to Dio and his contribution to the world of heavy metal. We hope you enjoy our own interpretation of this classic song. In light of Dio's recent passing we will be donating all of the proceeds from this song to Dio's Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund."

You can check out the track via the Operatika MySpace profile.

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Operatika Posts More Recording Footage

Operatika has posted a second video clip online of the band recording a cover version of Dio's "We Rock." The footage can be viewed below.

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Operatika Recording Dio Cover Song

Operatika has posted footage online of the band recording a Dio cover track, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:

"Operatika is currently in the studio recording a cover of Dio's song 'We Rock.' As announced months ago, the cover was originally planned as a bonus track for our upcoming album, but due to the untimely passing of the great Ronnie James Dio, the cover will be released as a single and all proceeds will go towards cancer research. More details on this will be available shortly, but in the meantime, here are some video clips of this journey that we've documented so far."

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Operatika Announces New York Shows

New Jersey metallers Operatika, who are currently in the process of writing an upcoming full-length album, have announced they will be performing two upcoming live shows in New York. The details of the tour dates are as follows:

5/22 2010 The Chance Poughkeepsie, New York

You can also check out sample Operatika tracks via the band's official MySpace page.

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Operatika Issues New Album Update

New Jersey metallers Operatika have issued the following update about writing a new album:

"Hey Guys, some updates here from Operatika. Our new album is coming along great. 90% of the material has been written, and pre-production has been done for half of the album. Get ready for a much heavier, faster and more diverse sound this time around! We can't wait to show you what we've got cookin'!

"As one of the kick ass tracks on the album will be a cover of Dio's legendary tune 'We Rock.' We are also looking for graphic designers and artists for the new album's artwork. If you've got something you'd like to share with us, please send it our way! Stay tuned for more from Operatika!"

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Operatika Seeking New Bass Player

Operatika has issued the following update about seeking a new bassist:

"OPERATIKA is looking for a NEW FULL TIME BASSIST. If anyone is interested in trying out or if you know someone who would be interested please send us a message some requirements:

- must have transportation
- must be able to practice once or twice a week we are from Nothern New Jersey and New York
- must have good gear, want to play lots of shows(local & out-of-state)

"This is a walkin situation Please contact us through the myspace or info@operatika.com to arrange a tryout."

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Ravage Announces Tour Date Cancellations

Singer Al Firicano, of the thrash metal band, Ravage, has issued the following update regarding some tour date cancellations:

"Ravage has unfortunately been forced to cancel appearances at The KC Power Fest and the August 18th show at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC (this show will still be taking place, but without Ravage). Due to issues with the Ravage mobile, we've been forced to wait for repairs to take place in Missouri, so we will be delayed significantly and will have to pick up the tour in Allentown PA on August 20th - that will be the next show. We'd like to sincerely apologize to the fans and promoters for this and we hope to add a Kansas City show and a Raleigh NC show back to the tour before it is all over. Details will be announced when available." More...

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Operatika Vocalist Guests On Beto Vazquez Infinity

New Jersey symphonic metal band Operatika has issued the following statement about their vocalist appearing on the upcoming Beto Vazquez Infinity album:

"We're happy to report that Slava Popova will be a guest vocalist on Beto Vazquez Infinity upcoming Double Album to be released in 2010. Please visit here to see the full list of guest musicians line up."

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Operatika Gains Madison Amps Endorsement

New Jersey symphonic metal band Operatika has issued the following statement about gaining an endorsement from Madison Amps:

"We're pleased to announce that Bill Visser of Operatika is now endorsed by Madison Amps. Bill along with Operatika joins an amazing group of artists using Madison....among them - Kamelot, Symphony X, Into Eternity, Gwar and many other great bands!"

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Operatika Recording New Album

New Jersey symphonic metal band Operatika has issued the following update about recording a new album:

"Hey guys, A couple of updates here from Operatika!

"We are going to be featured on the Demonic and Divine Compilation CD in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. This is to help a cause that counts and we are thrilled to be a part of this with many other great bands. Please visit here to purchase your copy!

"Also, we are happy to announce that we are currently in the studio doing some pre-production for our upcoming album due to be released in 2010! We have already laid down some keyboard and guitar tracks and we will be posting some video updates of us in the studio shortly to give you all a bit of a preview of what the next album will sounds like.

"We will be planning some shows for this summer as well so check back for more updates!!!!"

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Operatika Reveals New Album Details

New Jersey symphonic metal band, Operatika have moved the release date of their new album, "The Calling," to a sooner date of October 24, 2008 through Scarlet Records. Below is the list of all tracks from the album. You can now listen to song "Dark Horizon" on their Myspace page.

The tracklisting for "The Calling" is as follows:
1. Intro
2. Gladiator
3. Tears Of The Sun
4. Dark Horizon
5. Ice Queen
6. Life Saving Flame
7. No. 3/23 In A Minor
8. Mask In The Mirror
9. Secrets Of The Past
10. The Storm
11. The Calling
12. Last Quest More...

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Operatika Taps Symphony X Bassist For Show

New Jersey power metal band Operatika have tapped Michael LePond of Symphony X for an upcoming live show. They have also announced that they are still searching for a full time bassist to join their ranks. The band issued the following statements on their website:

We are thrilled and honored to announce that bassist Michael LePond from Symphony X will appear on bass with Operatika at "The Chance" show on August 31st as support for Sonata Arctica.

Operatika is looking for a NEW BASSIST. If anyone is interested in trying out or if you know someone who would be interested please send us a message.

some requirements:
- must have transportation
- must be able to practice once or twice a week
- must have good gear, want to play lots of shows(local & out-of-state)

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Operatika Hard At Work On Debut Album

New Jersey-based symphonic/operatic metallers OPERATIKA have issued the following update:

"We have been working hard on our ablum in the recording studio. [Guest bassist] Michael LePond [of SYMPHONY X] has finished bass parts before leaving for another tour with SYMPHONY X. Vocals are almost complete with mixing and mastering coming up soon.

"Our next upcoming show is on September 28th at The Chance supporting SONATA ARCTICA and FIREWIND, after which we will be back at Starland Ballroom on October 6th opening for OVERKILL and EPICA. Since Diego [bass] was unable to commit to OPERATIKA full-time, our old friend Jim Norton will be performing with us at the upcoming gigs. Looking forward to seeing you all there!"

OPERATIKA's "Dreamworld" four-song EP came out in 2005.

For more information, visit www.operatika.com.

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Symphony X Bassist To Play On Operatika Album

New Jersey-based symphonic/operatic metallers OPERATIKA have announced that all bass parts on the band's forthcoming album will be recorded by Michael LePond from SYMPHONY X. The CD is almost complete and will be released later this year.

OPERATIKA parted ways with bassist Stan Folcik in January. The band's "Dreamworld" four-song EP came out in 2005.

Upcoming OPERATIKA shows:

Jun. 05 - BB King - New York, NY (opening for DORO)
Sep. 28 - The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY (opening for SONATA ARCTICA)
Oct. 06 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ (opening for OVERKILL, EPICA)

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Operatika Part Ways With Bassist

New Jersey-based symphonic/operatic metallers OPERATIKA have parted ways with bassist Stan Folcik and have replaced him with Diego. "We are excited that he is joining our band and look forward to two already confirmed new shows for 2007: supporting DORO at B.B. King Club & Grill [in New York City] on June 5 and supporting SONATA ARCTICA at The Chance [in Poughkeepsie, New York] on September 28," the group writes on its web site."

OPERATIKA is currently recording its full-length debut, tentatively due later in the year. The band's "Dreamworld" four-song EP came out in 2005.

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