Ophiura is Italian prog metal band born in the 2007
Ophiura born from the ashes of O.D.U., a hard-rock band with a female singer, as like the Ophiura first line- up was. Just before the start of the recording of the EP “Ancestral Whispers”, it happens the first line-up change, that also is the second birth of the band: Matteo and Igor join Alex, Tommaso and Simone.
After the recordings at the Zenith Studios of Frank Andiver, famous metal drummer in the 90's with Labyrinth, Ophiura start a promotional tour, with among 60 live performance in about 2 years and the EP positively reviewed by many webzine. The interest of Alkemist Fanatix Europe in this project brought to the production of the first full lenght, BeMind, and a deal with Copro Records UK. In march 2009 they come back to Lucca to record the new tracks.
After that, there's another change of line-up: Simo quits with the band and Rudy become the new drummer. In 2010 starts the promotional tour of BeMind, debut album outcoming in the winter 2010/2011.
In the early 2011 has been decided to add a second guitar player, Sebastiano Barbirato, to increase the live performance.
In the 2012 Ophiura out from the Alkemist Fanatix Europe's roster
Ophiura propose a melodic-metal with a mix of various genres, but mostly with orchestral and progressive elements.
In 2015 Ophiura take a little break from music activities
In 2022 Alex Announce the something will happen soon
In January 2024 Ophiura announce to work on the remake of first album called "Ancestral Whispers" (2007) recording the first drums session with Gianluca "Pisu" Pisana (Night Pleasure Hotel).
Alex Mari: Vox
Tommaso Vezzali: Guitar
Sebastiano Barbirato: Guitar and Vox
Igor Gallerani: Keyborad and Vox
Rudy Mariani: Drum
Simone Vancini: Drum
Luca Marchini: Drum
Matteo Checcoli: Bass