- Country: Italy
- Web site: http://ouroboros-esoteric.blogspot.it/
- Status: Active
OUROBOROS is a musical project born in 2004 from an idea of Marco Grosso, that decides, after several years of esoteric and alchemic studies, to realize through the music, the path of the Great Opera of Alchemy, in his research for the Philosophical Stone.
OUROBOROS tracks bring the listener in the ancients fogs of Medieval Times, with their sad and restless mood, Latin litanies and old style artwork.
After the release of the first cd-r, "Solve et coagula", well received by magazines and listeners, in 2005 Marco asked to Claudio Dondo, (playing a key role in the ambient genre for ten years with his band Runes Order) to cooperate on the creation of some instrumental parts and on the sound engineering on OUROBOROS second cd-r, "Nigredo".
The "Nigredo" cd confirms the debut good reviews, and some magazines and zines asks to interview Marco. Meanwhile, some tracks are played by independent radio stations in Europe, U.S.A and Australia. Part of the "Nigredo" unrelased sessions, not included in the cd-r, and a remix of a "Nigredo" track, are recorded for a limited 33 copies EP called "Lunarya Fisica", a little gift for the devoted die-hard OUROBOROS fans, quicly sold out. In 2007, OUROBOROS debuts with "Lux Arcana" for the japanese label Sabbathid Records. Many guests join Marco Grosso in this work: Claudio Dondo (Runes Order), mAlice and Aleph Zero (Deviated Sister T.V.), Daniele Davico (The Tenant) and Carla Fanetti, all of them giving their specific contribution to raise the musical skills of the cd. There is also a Sting cover, "Russians", originally included in "The dream of the blue turtles", revisited and arranged in the OUROBOROS way, as a tribute to one of Marco favourite artists.
After the successful release of "Lux Arcana" the notoriety of OUROBOROS raises strongly with many interviews, excellent reviews on specialized press, and the inclusion of "Lux Arcana" tracks on many radio broadcasts. In 2008, a new release called "Sigillum Solis" comes out together with Marco Grosso book, “Il solstizio d’inverno”, and contains some unpublished material from "Lux Arcana" sessions.
In the meantime the Belgian label "Bone Structure Media", releases an OUROBOROS unpublished track called "Lumen et umbra" in a limited edition of 3 cd box set, "Trinity on tritherapy", sold out in few days.
In the same year the Estonian label Hexenreich releases an OUROBOROS tape (split with Hiietont) with a collection of tracks plus a "Solve et Coagula" exclusive remix, limited to 99 copies.
On May 2008 comes out a 3" single for the Dutch label "Svaltgalgh Records", called “Lumen et Umbra”, that includes 3 tracks, rare and unreleased, in a limited edition, currently sold out. The same month a split 3" single called "Magick Ritual IV" is released by Svaltgalgh Records, including an unpublished track of Ouroboros, called "Ourovorax". In August Bone Structure Media prints out a compilation called "Fear is thy name", where OUROBOROS appears with an exclusive track called “Sepulchretum”.
On Autumn 2008, OUROBOROS releases a cd on the Chile based label Prime Unit Records, called "Vanitas", that contains covers, remixes and unreleased tracks from "Lux Arcana" sessions, with guest musicians as Nona Luna (soprano vocalist of Andromaca) and soprano Ilaria Taroni. In 2010 a collection of rare songs and b sides is published on cd-r by Invisible Eye Productions under the name "Primae Materiae". German label Quartier 23 in December 2010 publishes a digipack cd called "Ouroboros", that includes the sold out singles "Lunarya Fisica", "Lumen et Umbra" and "Ars Regia", plus two new unreleased tracks. In 2011 the US label called Ninth Meridian asks to Marco to release a new album on cd, and this work, called "Somnium", gets a good resonance in the American area. Polish label Zoharum, with a big distribution all over the World, decides to publish the album "Opus Tartari", recorded some years ago and never released. Another unreleased track is included in the double cd compilation called "From Earth to Sirius". In the meantime the German label Quartier 23 releases a double cd compilation called "Septem", where OUROBOROS appears with the neoclassical track "Tristitia", involving the opera singer Agratha from Russia. In the year 2012 a new EP called JANUA INFERI see the light, and to accompany Marco in his work we find talented singers Verdiana Raw, Marionita Paige and Agratha. The same year for the first (and probably last) time Ouroboros performed live at the Villa Festival (italian important dark ambient and neofolk venue), togheter with Verdiana Raw (on vocals and piano), releasing a dvd plus a cd of the performance.
- 2004 - Solve et Coagula (EP)
- 2005 - Nigredo (EP)
- 2005 - Lunarya Fisica (EP)
- 2007 - Lux Arcana
- 2008 - Sigillum Solis (EP)
- 2008 - Lumen et Umbra (EP)
- 2008 - Ars Regia (EP)
- 2009 - Compendium (split)
- 2008 - Vanitas
- 2010 - Primae Materiae
- 2010 - Ouroboros
- 2011 - Somnium
- 2011 - Opus Tartari
- 2012 - Janua Inferi (EP)
- 2012 - Tetractis Ermetica