MOONSPELL
Gothic Metal / Black Metal • Portugal

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Moonspell is a Portuguese black metal/dark metal band with death metal and doom metal elements. Moonspell was formed in 1989 as Morbid God. After renaming themselves Moonspell in 1992, they released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994, a year before of the release of their first album Wolfheart. The band quickly gained status and became one of the most recognizable metal bands from Portugal.

The early days (1992-1994) Although they had been playing since 1989 under the name of "Morbid God", the band became Moonspell in 1992, the same year they released the promo track "Serpent Angel". In 1993, singer Fernando Ribeiro , drummer Mike Gaspar and bass player Ares (not to be confused with Aires Pereira) released the demo Anno Satanae, which caught the attention of French label Adipocere. It was for Adipocere that Moonspell released in 1994 a mini-album entitled Under the Moonspell. The record was
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Alpha NoirAlpha Noir
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Steamhammer / Spv 2007
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Imports 2013
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ExtinctExtinct
Napalm 2015
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Lusitanian MetalLusitanian Metal
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EMI Europe Generic 2008
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Irreligious (Vinyl re-issue 2016)Irreligious (Vinyl re-issue 2016)
Century Media 2016
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Irreligious (2 CDs)Irreligious (2 CDs)
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Century Media 2012
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.. Album Cover 4.28 | 19 ratings
Wolfheart
Black Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.03 | 14 ratings
Irreligious
Gothic Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.48 | 8 ratings
Sin / Pecado
Gothic Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.08 | 7 ratings
The Butterfly Effect
Gothic Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.95 | 9 ratings
Darkness and Hope
Gothic Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.24 | 13 ratings
The Antidote
Gothic Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.95 | 9 ratings
Memorial
Gothic Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 4.09 | 16 ratings
Under Satanæ
Gothic Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.03 | 9 ratings
Night Eternal
Gothic Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.72 | 7 ratings
Alpha Noir / Omega White
Gothic Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Extinct
Gothic Metal 2015

MOONSPELL EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.58 | 5 ratings
Under the Moonspell
Black Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Goat on Fire / Wolves From the Fog
Black Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
2econd Skin
Gothic Metal 1997

MOONSPELL live albums

.. Album Cover 0.50 | 1 ratings
Lusitanian Metal
Gothic Metal 2008

MOONSPELL demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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Anno Satanæ
Black Metal 1993
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The Butterfly Effect
Gothic Metal 1999
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Finisterra
Gothic Metal 2006

MOONSPELL re-issues & compilations

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The Great Silver Eye
Gothic Metal 2007

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Opium
Gothic Metal 1996
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Nocturna
Gothic Metal 2001
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Everything Invaded
Gothic Metal 2003

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Lusitanian Metal
Gothic Metal 2008

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MOONSPELL Wolfheart

Album · 1995 · Black Metal
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WOLFHEART is the debut album by MOONSPELL which incorporates a nice mix of metal styles. Following the approach of their earlier EP “Under The Moonspell,” we get a more refined blend of black and Gothic metal mixed with Celtic folk and symphonic touches. The transition from black metal to Gothic metal is taking place on WOLFHEART as the blackened touches are softened and the Gothic elements are increased. The intro with eerie synths and soft guitar sets the tone and atmosphere of a darkened land where blood thirsty wolves and Pagan rituals dominate with lunar madness.

This album really goes all over the place. It starts out in a symphonic black metal fashion but has tracks such as “Lua D’Inverno” that sound more like Pagan Celtic rituals. The vocals are heavily in the Goth department and Fernando Ribeiro’s vocals play the perfect part of a blood sucking romeo and bring other Gothic metal bands of the day to mind such as Type O Negative, Tiamat and early Paradise Lost. The song structures are well laid out with aggressive and the lush sensual symphonic parts working well together. The female backing vocals by Birgit Zacher are particularly haunting.

WOLFHEART is a very consistent album and it’s a testament to an era when various styles of metal were mixing with various forms of folk music and symphonic touches. MOONSPELL displays a strong command of this hybridity and becomes one of the most successful metal exports from Portugal. While some Gothic metal barely falls into the metal category focusing more on the romantic and sensual rather than the head banging aspects, WOLFHEART displays everything that makes a great Gothic metal album while retaining some excellent black metal aggressive fury as well without going as far as adding blastbeats or turning up the fury to up to extreme levels.

MOONSPELL Under the Moonspell

EP · 1994 · Black Metal
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If the cover of UNDER THE MOONSPELL looks familiar its because the album “Under Satanae” has a very close variation of the cover from this debut EP. That is no coincidence since that much more recognized release contains remakes of many of the tracks on this EP. Despite the fact that many of these tracks have been rereleased and improved upon that doesn't negate the fact that these first editions are fairly well constructed tracks themselves. MOONSPELL proved from the getgo that they were a talented and unique entity in the metal world by creatively fusing folk, black and gothic elements together to suit their own purposes. The result is a very successful hybrid that delivers melody, aggression and vampire inspired themes.

MOONSPELL is probably one of the most famous metal acts to emerge from Portugal and on this debut album they lay it all down without hesitation. We hear all the elements that make great metal music churned out in a carefully crafted format. This music really floats my boat as it takes all the elements of the aforementioned metal subgenres and blends them together into a satisfying cohesive whole. Despite the unintelligible lyrics we get the lyrical themes of dark folklore and macabre poetry in both English and Portuguese. In a country where I would expect influences from such homegrown music as Fado and the like, MOONSPELL surprises by integrating a more Celtic folk sound with their blackened Gothic metal in a way that is obvious as to why they have become a major force in the metal world.

MOONSPELL Under Satanæ

Album · 2007 · Gothic Metal
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I tend to be rather sceptical of metal bands making rerecordings, but I'd make Under Satanae by Moonspell a major exception to this. Since the original Anno Satanae and Under the Moonspell demos, which these songs had taken from, the sound of the band had radically transformed from a black metal-dominated sound (with influences of folk and gothic metal beginning to emerge on Under the Moonspell) to a much more predominantly gothic sound.

The genius move Moonspell make here is in not trying to recapture their early sound, but instead adapting these old songs to their new sound, slowing them down, teasing out the gothic and folk metal flourishes that had already been there, and adding further layers of gothic menace besides. The end result is a radical reinterpretation of the material in question which retains a little more black metal fury than was typical for Moonspell at this point in their career but at the same time presents a fresh and new look at these songs, so the rerecording does not feel redundant or unnecessary next to the originals. It's not quite an essential part of their discography, but only because the material they are building on here was when always rather rudimentary compared to their more developed works.

Memo to any other metal band contemplating a rerecording: don't bother unless it's at least a major departure from the original versions as this one is.

MOONSPELL Irreligious

Album · 1996 · Gothic Metal
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Warthur
On this second album Moonspell seem to dial back the black metal and folk influences which had made their debut such an interesting cocktail and instead choose to focus on gothic metal with some symphonic flourishes. In most cases, I'd be bewailing the fact that their sound had shifted from something unique to something a little more generic, but the album is saved by the fact that Moonspell are actually damn good at the gothic metal game and are able to deliver a solid and enjoyable album in this style. Just don't expect another Wolfheart going in, because I honestly don't think we're going to get one of those.

MOONSPELL Alpha Noir / Omega White

Album · 2012 · Gothic Metal
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Alpha Noir offers a snarling, spooky, back-to-basics gothic metal outing which proves that gothic metal bands like Moonspell can still rock out. Not quite as brutal as the claimed influences - classic-era Bathory was never this polished - but it's reasonably listenable, though not memorable. Some editions come not just with bonus tracks, but a whole bonus album in the form of Omega White (recollections of Marilyn Manson’s spacey alien Omega persona and “Coma White” fictional lover from Mechanical Animals, perhaps?), which claims to offer a more atmospheric Sisters of Mercy/Type O Negative affair. On balance, I’d say that Omega White is more of a Type O Negative affair than anything (heck, even the vocals sound like a bit like the late Peter Steele), but it’s a competent pastiche of their style which is, like its companion, listenable but not especially substantial.

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