"I first saw this band at Metalocalypstick Fest in the summer of 2018. Not only was their live performance mesmerizing, but there was one key moment of their performance that has never left my mind. There came a song, Whisper (Berceuse), and within that song, was sung one of the most clear and crisp high C's I've ever heard (never-mind it was live!). A most beautiful moment where genuine tears flowed from my eyes. I know I wasn't the only one in the room who felt that, and if not...I'm completely okay that I was able to experience that kind of emotion from a song. Be sure to come and witness this for yourself at Decimate 2.0."
-Sloan (Decimate MF)
Emerging from the rain soaked streets of Vancouver, Ophelia Falling is symphonic metal at it’s finest. With powerful vocals over a dense arrangement of guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards accompanied by orchestra and choir, Ophelia Falling is the next chapter in Canadian metal.
The genesis of Ophelia Falling was in 2013 when guitarist Mark Anthony Richardson (Diesel Candy, The Lumps, Drive By Poets) approached Vancouver singer Emily Canavan with the concept of a symphonic metal project. They wrote two songs together, “Succumb to Splendour” and “Tangled”, and quickly realized that they were onto something special. By 2015 Canavan bowed out of the project and was replaced by powerhouse singer Chelsea Rose of Victoria’s 5minutewait. With Richardson and Rose as a songwriting team the rest of the songs started falling into place, among them “Destroyed in Delight”, “Savage Love”, and the formidable “Anybody’s Daughter”.
With Mario Loubert (Damsel Fly, Sick Logic) on bass and heavy hitting Max Friesen on drums, Ophelia Falling was almost complete; all that was needed was the right keyboardist. This issue was solved by late 2017 with the arrival of James Meyer (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Project). After the band’s debut on March 31, 2018, at a fundraiser for the Metalocalypstick Festival, Ophelia Falling were unmistakably the buzz of the Vancouver music scene. Just two weeks later they performed at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver for the Hyperspace Metal Festival. On opening the festival, JP of Metal-Rules.com said of Ophelia Falling,
“The Fest was off to a good start. The five piece played solid melodic metal, with nice keyboard tones. Their vocalist is a great singer, good range and power. Apparently it was only their second gig ever! … a solid and upcoming band.”
There was no looking back.
By the summer of 2018 both Loubert and Friesen had moved on and were replaced by Sylvain Maltais (Omega Crom, Anarcheon) and Kyle Summers (Apprentice), on bass and drums respectively. After performing at the Metalocalypstick Festival and a variety of local venues, Ophelia Falling was invited back to the Rickshaw to open the night for Unleash the Archers, Stryker, and the Order of Chaos on October 14. After a few more local performances, the band closed off the year with a short trip to Vancouver Island to perform in both Victoria and Nanaimo.
2019 has already seen Ophelia Falling rocket further ahead. With an album recording underway, interest from film makers, a secured coveted spot in the Wacken Metal Battle (for the chance to perform at the famous Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany), and dates lined up for a number of western Canadian summer metal festivals and local Vancouver venues, Ophelia Falling is taking the Canadian metal scene by storm. Check them out!