Opus Tierra

by NIXA

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It is in the chaos of destruction that creation begins to thrive; such is the case with OPUS TIERRA, the powerful  new full-length album from South Florida’s dynamic NIXA. OPUS TIERRA takes the listener through a doomed primeval landscape with shifting vocal harmonies and heaving rhythms, foreboding and lumbering riffs recalling the sound of earth giving way to mountains - mirroring the band’s own personal journey of vanquished expectations and building anew what was once familiar.

Recorded by NIXA at their own Skybound Studio, and co-engineered and produced by Kristian Karlsson (Cult of Luna, Pg.Lost), OPUS TIERRA sits comfortably alongside contemporaries like Yob, Pallbearer and Neurosis, yet intones its own melodic ruminations on the nature of man’s duality and place in the natural realm. Exploring loss and ordeal, creation and destruction - themes that threatened to consume the whole band in the process - NIXA was reborn as a new beast through fire and grit.
It is within this deep lore and passion that NIXA thrives and shows their mighty heft.

“We wanted to create something new, abandon all old notions of what we thought the album should sound like, and move away from any and all restrictions - letting these visions flow like lava and corrode any previously held paradigms,” says frontman Valentin Mellstrom.

Since their inception, NIXA has shared the stage with bands like Crowbar, High on Fire, Stephen O’Malley, and Jucifer, culling their firm stance in the sphere of heavy music, and ready to step forward into a world of their own creation.
In 2018 NIXA signed to War Anthem Records, who will be releasing OPUS TIERRA on March 22nd 2019

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released March 22, 2019

Valentin Mellström (vocals)
Raul Valentine (guitar,bass)
Michael Rodriguez (drums)

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Track Name: Opus Tierra
Song: Opus Tierra
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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So here we are, all alone
with misty eyes

What brought us home
It had to end us all

And I heard you call, but could not see the light
Only ocean, that buries all life
Your sickness to the stars
Inside the cave at night alone, that holds it all

They came from far and wide to see
The smoke from pyres destiny

What carries us beyond
Will bury us at night
Just to believe, whats in our minds

Our sickness to the stars -
Inside the cave of night alone, that holds it all

They prayed to understand, a final chance to change it all
Through the gates, beyond the call

And when every single word they say, becomes a rope that hangs us all

These separating worlds, of flesh and soul
One is willing, the other cold

Were sentenced to the stars  
Inside the cave of night alone, that holds it all

What carries us beyond, it buries us at night again
We leave it all
Track Name: Seed
Song: Seed
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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One God, beneath o so many
In search of, the great ancient passage
Wherever he went, nothing was found
Whenever he came back, from the beyond

Breathing life, into you
At the instant of your birth my child
Pulling back, the veil of life
At the instant of your death

I raise my hands towards the sky
Travel through time, far beyond the mind
Golden of the hearts, the seed of light
Wherever you go, you come undone

The servants of man, masters of no one
Now wake them up, set them free, let their blood lead our way
To a place beyond the grave

Breathing life, into you
At the instant of your birth my child
Pulling back, the veil of life
At the instant of your death

I raise my hands towards the sky
Travel through time, far beyond the mind
Golden of the hearts, the seed of light
Wherever you go, you come undone
Track Name: Ambrosia
Song: Ambrosia
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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War comes closer, our ambrosia
Let their world burn clear
Coming on closer, growing bolder
Striking fear from hearts

Beyond the gates of mind,
we stand before our summoned gods

Await the dealing hand,
expect no mercy from your own

Now face the beast in chains,
turned on his own and on himself

Much more to life than death,
in my sight and far beyond

War comes closer, our ambrosia
Let their world burn clear
Coming on closer, growing bolder
Striking fear from hearts

All sins inherited,
some serve an ancient legacy

And as it all begins to fall,
how blessed we are

Now here the widows sing,
pray for a past to come back home

We left it all to serve the gods,
our leaders holy light

So light the pyres up,
you’ll rise again against the odds

Against the cold, this promise of old

So let them know
Now let them see
What we see

War comes closer, our ambrosia
Let their world burn clear
Coming on closer, growing bolder
Striking fear from hearts
Track Name: Destroyer
Song: Destroyer
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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Arrows came falling
Swords from the sky
Tried to break down resistance
As they aimed for our minds

Say can you hear me now
At war for our gods
Say will you guide me through this
As my soul grows cold

Let go of your shield
As time slows down
When there's no more resistance
Their swords cannot shine

In silence, you carry
Your burden, now bury

Let your sacrifice - Lead them
Now bleeding through time - Eternal

In silence, you carry
Their burden, now bury

Ascend from this earth
Kings of war

Our sacrifice
triumphs the cold

As we become - Kings of war
Track Name: House Of Serpents
Song: House of Serpents
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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A river set aflame
Walls broken down and spirits shattered
Slowly your vision dies
One thousand shields they will not matter

Beg for your soul
Breath from your wounds

You enlighten me - As I atone my sins
All I see is flames

Within the void of stars
Come see their christ drown in this matter
Whispers they call for war
All worlds erode in a house of serpents

You enlighten me - As I atone my sins
All I see is flames - As you enlighten me
Track Name: The Mound
Song: The Mound
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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A giant mound arise at center of our world
We all worship, the great house upon the hill
Drinking the blackest mud, to purge the evil out

We all worship, the great house upon the hill

Taken to the altar
Reaching for the other side
Buried in the black mound

Placed upon the altar
Bleeding for immortal life
Buried in the black mound
Rise before your god

As all rivers reverse, once bringers of life
Now fill up with mud and blood, this sacrifice
Famine and rebellion, the hands that holds the knife
Now digging through the dirt, in search of breath & light

Living in darkness in darkness, bring me your light
No one can save me, no one but me

As our world corrodes, empires demise
No words in 600 years - then all screams at once
Did all that we were told, and all it brought was drought
Hands digging through the dirt, in search of breath & light
Track Name: Restless Seer
Song: Restless Seer
Album: Opus Tierra
Artist: Nixa

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Descending from stars, of eons age
Holiest of kings, we all fought in vain
Clearing up the past, it’s all in your mind
You ruler of the altar

Restless Seer, I hear your whisper

Night follows day and day the night
The pendulum swings from living to the dead

Where is my faith, please tell me now
I feel as I am, sinking into the ground
Now there is no world to alter

Restless Seer, I hear your whisper
Spread out in time

A bond to heaven, sealed by the seal of earth
Restless through rivers, in temple caves
Feed them the golden eyes, enlighten minds
Move into darkness, our eyes blacked out

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