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3.64 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Halla alle halla al rabka halla (Praeludium/Incantatum Solistitium) (2:18)
2. Tenebrarum Oratorium (Andamento I/Erudit Compendyum) (6:23)
3. Interludium/Incantatum Oequinoctum (1:33)
4. Tenebrarum Oratorium (Andamento II/Erotic Compendyum) (6:15)
5. Opus Diabolicum (Andamento III/Instrumental Compendyum) (5:08)
6. Chorai Lusitânia! (Epilogus/Incantatam Maresia) (1:50)
7. Goat on Fire (6:34)
8. Ancient Winter Goddess (6:08)
9. Wolves from the Fog (7:03)
10. Serpent Angel (7:13)

Total Time 50:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Fernando Ribeiro / vocals
- Mike Gaspar / drums
- Pedro Paixão / keyboards
- Ricardo Amorim / guitars
- Waldemar sorychta / bass

Releases information

CD SPV/Steamhammer (2007)

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MOONSPELL Under Satanae ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by Warthur
3 stars 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.

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5 stars Ah, Moonspell...what an amazing thrill ride of a band. Yea but Moonspell, yes, they really take the emotion of modern gothic metal and take it to the extremes. I think they have dabbled with nearlly everything, either that be industrual, symphonic or even black metal. But back in the early 90's ... (read more)

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