Opus Nocturne

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Opus Nocturne
Marduk - Opus Nocturne.jpg
Studio album by Marduk
Released 12 December 1994 (Standard)
June 27, 2006 (Reissue)
Recorded September 1994 at Hellspawn Studios
Genre Black metal
Length 43:12 (Standard)
59:36 (Reissue)
Label Osmose Productions (Standard)
Regain Records (Reissue)
Producer Marduk
Marduk chronology
Those of the Unlight
(1993)Those of the Unlight1993
Opus Nocturne
Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered
(1996)Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered1996
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Opus Nocturne is the third studio album by Swedish black metal band Marduk. It was recorded and mixed at Hellspawn Studios in September 1994 and released that December by Osmose Productions. It was re-released in digipak format that included bonus rehearsal tracks on June 27, 2006. Opus Nocturne is the last Marduk album to feature Joakim Göthberg on vocals and Dan Swanö as mixer. Opus Nocturne was the first album to showcase Marduk's signature hyper-speed blast beat tempo, however it still contained much of the melody from Those of the Unlight while retaining this break-neck speed, instead of sheer brutality on albums like Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered and Nightwing.

"Materialized in Stone" was originally the title for the track "From the Dark Past" that appears on Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, the title was changed by Per Yngve Ohlin before his death[citation needed]. Marduk later adopted the title for the song on this album. They had previously also used a song title by Ohlin on their album Those of the Unlight. This is considered a vague tribute to Per and his works.

Track listing[edit]

1."The Appearance of Spirits of Darkness"0:33
2."Sulphur Souls"5:41
3."From Subterranean Throne Profound"7:47
4."Autumnal Reaper"3:31
5."Materialized in Stone"5:10
6."Untrodden Paths (Wolves Part II)"5:27
7."Opus Nocturne"2:33
8."Deme Quaden Thyrane"5:06
9."The Sun Has Failed"7:22



  • Joakim Göthberg – vocals
  • Morgan Steinmeyer Håkansson – guitar
  • B. War – bass
  • Fredrik Andersson – drums