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MOONSPELL is a progressive-gothic-metalband formed in Brandoa, Portugal, in 1989.

The band was first formed as MORBID GOD. They changed the name to MOONSPELL in 1992, when they released the promo track "Serpent Angel".

In 1993, singer Fernando Ribeiro, drummer Miguel Gaspar and bass player Ares released the demo "Anno Satanae", followed in 1994 by the EP entitled "Under the Moonspell." The record was highly regarded in the Portuguese metal scene and sold over 5000 copies. Shortly after the release, they played with CRADLE OF FILTH in a concert in Lisbon.

After the success of the mini-album, MOONSPELL signed with Century Media Records. "Wolfheart" was released in 1995 and was followed by a European tour. The album had little recognition in its time, but has come to be regarded as a milestone by respected metal critics. During the tour, guitarist Mantus quit the band and was replaced by Ricardo Amorim.

"Irreligious" was released in 1996. This album marked a shift in MOONSPELL's musical direction, as they aimed for a more gothic sound instead of the black-metal of past efforts. With the aid of a single, the album sold more than 10.000 copies in Portugal. Soon after, bass player Ares left the band and was replaced by Sergio Crestana.

"Sin/Pecado" was released in 1998. It was a much more experimental album than its predecessors. In a way, the album was a return to their black metal roots. MOONSPELL reached the Portuguese top for the first time with this record.

1999 saw the release of "The Butterfly Effect", a very experimental album with down-tuned guitar riffs and eerie keyboards. Its reception by metal critics was rather cold.

"Darkness and Hope" was released in 2001. The album reached 79th on German charts, a new feat achieved by the band.

In 2003, MOONSPELL released "The Antidote", with Niclas Etelävuori from AMORPHIS playing as a session musician on the bass guitar. The album was released with a book with the same title written by Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto. The band toured extensively around the world and in their homeland. Aires Pereira would join the band on the bass.

In early 2004 the band recorded a cover of "I'll see you in my dreams" for the soundtrack of a Portuguese horror movie of the same name.

"Memorial" was released in 2006, the first album under their new label SPV Steamhammer. The album topped the Portuguese album chart on its first week and also broke into ...
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MOONSPELL discography


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MOONSPELL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 34 ratings
Wolfheart
1995
3.51 | 26 ratings
Irreligious
1996
3.47 | 19 ratings
Sin/Pecado
1998
2.71 | 17 ratings
The Butterfly Effect
1999
2.72 | 17 ratings
Darkness and Hope
2001
3.32 | 15 ratings
The Antidote
2003
2.85 | 15 ratings
Memorial
2006
4.09 | 14 ratings
Under Satanae
2007
3.15 | 17 ratings
Night Eternal
2008
3.81 | 19 ratings
Alpha Noir / Omega White
2012

MOONSPELL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.54 | 4 ratings
Lusitanian Metal
2008

MOONSPELL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Lusitanian Metal
2008

MOONSPELL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Mortuary Vol. 1
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Steamhammer promo
2006
2.67 | 3 ratings
The Great Silver Eye
2007

MOONSPELL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.33 | 2 ratings
Anno Satanae ( Demo)
1993
3.00 | 2 ratings
Under the Moonspell
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goat on Fire 7''
1994
0.00 | 0 ratings
Opium
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
2econd Skin 2CD single
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Butterfly Effect
1999
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Nocturna
2001
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Everything Invaded
2003
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Finisterra
2006

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 Irreligious by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.51 | 26 ratings

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Irreligious
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars 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.

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 Alpha Noir / Omega White by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.81 | 19 ratings

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Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars 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 still good stuff nonetheless. 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 tasty atmospheric counterpoint to the more straight-ahead Alpha Noir, so I'd recommend people go for the special edition which comes with both albums and which (so far as I'm aware) is the only way to get Omega White.

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 Wolfheart by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Wolfheart
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Moonspell's debut album is an interesting blend of disparate forms of metal, taking a gothic metal base and jazzing it up by sprinkling on black metal and symphonic metal influences and lashing all these bits together in a progressive framework, and then cramming on the odd gentle folky moment here and there for good measure.

Although I'm really not into the vocals (with the notable exception of Birgit Zacher's female vocals), on the whole the album is an entertaining listen which shows an excellent command of various approaches to metal, and the band do an excellent job of integrating these various styles without making their compositions sound disjointed or incoherent.

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 Alpha Noir / Omega White by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.81 | 19 ratings

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Alpha Noir / Omega White
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kluseba

4 stars The new limited edition of Moonspell's "Alpha Noir / Omega White" output represents the two faces of the band, their two pounding hearts, Portugal's best metal band's yin and yang.

Alpha Noir is a dark and pretty heavy record that should please to those who liked the early years of the band with releases such as Anno Satanae, Under The Moonspell and Wolfheart. Fernando Ribeiro only employs growls, shouts and raw dark chants on this first disc. The music hits the same nerve and features some quite fast thrash riffs but also more melodic parts.

The opener "Axis Mundi" varies from harmonic dark chants over slightly blackened growls and musically from thrash riffs in the first minutes to very melodic and inoffensive parts in the beautiful bridge. The opening moments even make me think of Judas Priest's epic "Loch Ness". This song offers maybe the highest degree of diversity on both records and is an excellent song but simply doesn't fit as an opener. It's rather hard to digest and should have resumed the album as a closing track but not as a first strike. The first single "Lickanthrope" is much more simple and maybe too simple after the opener and can't truly convinvce me.

After this controversial first impression, the best tracks can be found later on that disc. The first highlight after a mellow start is the portuguese "En Nome Do Medo". It has a dominating bass line, a very apocalyptic atmosphere and is easily the most intense track on this first record. It's still a quite catchy song even though it's one of the hardest tracks the band has released in years. The guitar solo is very emotional, the bridge quite dark but with catchy riffs and loads of keyboard sounds reminding me a little bit of Crematory.

Another highlight is the quite progressive "Grandstand", a slow to mid paced track that creates a haunting atmosphere and works once again a lot with dark bass guitar tones, melodic doom passages, an excellent heavy metal guitar solo, an amazing middle part with acoustic guitars and Ribeiro's emotional screams. The track sounds like a slowed down version of Dimmu Borgir plus some melancholic elements that could come from Novembers Doom, Paradise Lost or The Old Dead Tree which are three very good references.

In the end, this first part is amongst the hardest material the band has released since their first regular studio output "Wolfheart" and should definitely please to fans of the old days. Some tracks build up a haunting atmosphere and convince with almost progressive ideas but there are also a couple of fillers on this release. Some tracks might eventually grow and request a lot of attention such as "Versus" with its excellent and disturbing guitar work reminding me of Voivod. On the other side, the harder stuff such as the first single "Lickanthrope" or the title track "Alpha Noir" can only partially convince and lack of something truly gripping or original that might make them stand out.

Omega White is the opposite of Alpha Noir. It is a very appeasing record with loads of piano melodies, acoustic guitar passages and only clean vocals. This record might please to gothics and those modern fans that rather liked the calmer stuff of the band and not their black metal roots or their progressive era. On the other side, this record has the same problem as the first disc. The opener "Whiteomega" is surely diversified and contains loads of interesting ideas but it can't fully convince as an opener. It's still easier to approach as "Axis Mundi" and fits to the upcoming tracks on this second half of Moonspell's new release. The single "White Skies", as "Lickanthrope" on the other disc, is one of the weaker songs on this disc and would rather fit on a record by The 69 Eyes. In comparison to the first disc, this album is almost too soft at some points and undeniably commercially orientated. "Fireseason" is something I might expect from bands such as HIM but not from Moonspell. Commercially orientated gothics might aodre this song but fans of old Moonspell might easily feel disappointed. I must though admit that this track has a lot of single potential and should have been chosen to represent this album instead of "White Skies" while "En Nome Do Medo" should have taken the place of "Lickanthrope" on the first disc.

The first highlihts of the record also come in the middle of the record. "Herodisiac" employs some strings that make me think of Apocalyptica and the track develops a very melancholic atmosphere. The support of female background vocals and haunting piano melodies underlines this attempt. This is a truly beautiful gothic ballad. It reminds me once again of The 69 Eyes but it has a lot more magic and variation than "White Skies". The next track "Incantatrix" simply employs loads of beautiful melodies and has a big commercial potential. The track has a peaceful atmosphere with beautiful piano melodies, soft guitar harmonies, appeasing drum patterns and very relaxed vocals. It's a track to wake up to in the morning or to calmly make love to. It has a very positive vibe and a light side even though it contains some gothic trademarks. This track is definitely a highlight on this second disc and I was convinced this would be the best song on both records until I heard the final track after another solid one called "Sacrificial". The album closer "A Greater Darkness" simply is a perfect way to conclude this record. It simply resumes everything this second disc stands for. It's a calm hommage to a fallen friend with almost jazzy moments featuring soft bass guitars, calm piano melodies, some string passages and haunting vocals. It's hard to deide whether "Incantatrix" or "A Greater Darkness" is better as they are both sending shivers down my spine but I would maybe go for the closing track after a first couple of tries. I have no doubt that many tracks on this second disc will even grow on me in the near future.

Concerning the second disc, it sounds more coherent than the first one. It contains maybe one or two more or less convincing tracks in the beginning but the rest of the record has a very appeasing, calm and almost spiritual flow. It's the band's most introspective work and contains many magic moments with piano melodies, string passages and soft female background vocals. This album has not much to do with metal music and sounds like a calmer and more progressive hommage to bands such as Paradise Lost, Type 0 Negative or The 69 Eyes.

In the end, both disc have more ups than downs and are worth to be shared with the rest of the world. The first one would get a rating around eighty percent from me while the second disc is more atmospheric, coherent and profound and would come to a rating between ninety and even ninety-five percent. Both discs remind me of the music of the late eighties and early nineties. The first disc employs thrash and black metal elements from that time while the second one focusses on the growing gothic mouvement and also some electronic and pop elements from that time. Both records have a nostalgic feeling without sounding too old fashioned. The band still knows how to write catchy tracks with magic moments, especially on the second disc. As both records contrast very well and represent everything one can like about Moonspell, I might pardon for a couple of fillers and too nostalgic moments, add two or three points and come to a fair rating of ninety percent. This album is full of potential, has many details that may grow on me and is without a doubt a highlight in the band's discography.

I somehow regret that the band didn't release both albums in a separate way as only truly faithful and open-minded will adore both discs. The metal community might rather stick to "Alpha Noir" while the gothic fan base will prefer "Omega White". I really give you the advice to check out both sides of the band. This release is some sort of best of what Moonspell has always stand for since their early years.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on June 12th of the year 2012.

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 Wolfheart by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Wolfheart
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by ThrasherPT

4 stars This is Moonspell's first album, Wolfheart.

The first song on this album is ''Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)". The song starts with a clean guitar playing some chords that sound very dark and the riffs are great. I really love the bass line on this one. The next song is ''Love Crimes'', it starts with a very powerfull and catchy riff and the bass line is interesting. Well, I liked this song, but I gotta say that after 3 minutes I just got bored and sick of it, I started getting distracted, maybe if this song wasn't so long I would like it better. ''...Of Dream and Drama (Midnight Ride)'' is nothing special, it's just another song on the album. The ending of the song when Fernando says "Midnight Ride" and it starts echoing really annoyed me. This is not a bad song, but it's nothing special either. The following song is ''Lua D'Inverno'' (In english, Winter Moon). This is an instrumental, one of the best songs on the album IMO. I really liked this one, It's very well composed, the guitar and flute is just amazing and there is feeling everywhere! ''Trebaruna'' is a song sung in Portuguese. Trebaruna is a song that doesn't mean nothing to me, It was kinda boring, I gotta say. The next song is "Vampiria", while listening to the album I was very happy to listen to Vampiria, because I was kinda bored during the previous songs, and I really like this one. The song starts very darkly, with Fernando Ribeiro whispering some lyrics and Keyboard. The female vocalist in this song is wonderful! This is a song that diserves to be heard over and over again. In the middle of the song the electric guitar kicks in playing a riff that's very catchy and heavy. There are many wonderful moments in this song, I really really love it! It's one of the best songs on the album, and I have so much to say about it. The ending is epic, it's a very nice way to finish a song. Then we have ''An Erotic Alchemy'' it starts with a very interesting bass line. It seems that the songs from Vampiria just get better and better. This song is pretty nice actually, I didn't get bored at all! The bass line is wonderfull like in most of these songs. I love how Fernando Ribeiro just says the lyrics in some parts of their songs instead of singig or screaming, I also love is whispers, it's truly fantastic! The next song is the masterpiece, ''Alma Mater''. This is a brilliant song, the main riff is amazing, the lyrics are great! When you start to listen to this album you think it's all boring and nothing special, but when you come to Vampiria, from that point, all the songs are just amazing! Alma Mater is the best song on the album IMO, and the one I listen more. It has a lot of feeling and power. ''Ataegina'' is the last song on this album, it's another song sung in Portuguese. It's a very nice song, it's very folky, I liked it.

I liked this album very much, altough, there were 2 or 3 songs that I really didn't like, they were boring, very boring. On the other hand, songs like Lua D'Inverno, Vampiria or Alma Mater really made this album worth the listen! I really enjoyed reviewing this one, and I hope you give this band a chance! I'm not sure if I should give it 3 or 4 stars, because it's not Excelent, but it's more than good! But I'm thinking more about giving it 4 stars.

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 Darkness and Hope by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.72 | 17 ratings

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Darkness and Hope
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Vobiscum

3 stars It is somewhat complicated the presence of this band here. The criterion of "Prog" the band goes away but in their general content the band is a highlight. "Darkness and Hope" is different from the earlier "The Butterfly Effect (1999)" and its successor "The Antidote (2003). The fact of the band switch without losing its sound quality is a plus. "Darkness and Hope" is very eerie and not have some element of "Prog". Featured on account of the interpretation of "Fernando Ribeiro." "Firewalking" is perhaps the heaviest track on the album. With a sound that reminds one far gothic rock of the 80s and this album brings a melancholy that so far the band had not shown so clearly. As mentioned, the field of "Prog" there is not much emphasis. It is able to be the most accessible album of them but this does not sound like a bad thing. I can not see this album in particular any musician who has been recognized, except perhaps the bassist on that amount to the proposal on behalf of the disc.

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 The Antidote by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.32 | 15 ratings

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The Antidote
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Vobiscum

4 stars Released in 2003, this album is spectacular from start to finish. Here we have the aggressiveness with the harmony that makes this band unique. Starting with "In and above men" and finishing with "As We Eternally Sleep on It", "The Antidote" for me is the pinnacle of creativity when it comes to moonspell. A hypnotic sound that fills the whole album. "Mike Gaspar" shows competence and do not let the stick fall into a single moment. "Fernando Ribeiro", a poet, lyricist, philosopher, no comments. "Pedro Paixão - keyboards" and "Ricardo Amorim - guitars" who are from the beginning the band already have the necessary linkage to plant this album as a milestone for the Moonspell. Without "Sergio Crestana" , who made an exquisite work on the previous album "Darkness and Hope", in its place called "Niclas Etelävuor" which also was not for the next album ... "From Lowering Skies" and "The Southern Deathstyle" require the ability to "Mike Gaspar" which increases the feeling of hypnosis at one time almost sublime. The first track until the fourth, it seems that the sky will fall ... "From Lowering Skies". The explosion happens with "The Southern Deathstyle" and then ... "Antidote" ... "Here is to Fear/For keeping us alert./And here is to Sleep/For making Understand". Although the sound becomes "softer" the majestic remains hypnotic time and a short but beautiful solo appears in the song "Capricorn at Her Feet". What to say about "Fernando Ribeiro" when he whispers in the final moments of that music to then emerge as an increasing breeze the sound of "Lunar Still" ... "I look outside and it's lunar still". "Pedro Paixao" managed to capture an atmosphere perfectly sombio, dark, mysterious on your keyboard to "Lunar Still". The awakening from a dream by vociferation of "F. Ribeiro" brings the eighth track on the album ... "A Walk on the Darkside". "Crystal Gazing" and "As We Eternally Sleep on It" are the last two tracks that keeps all the preciousness set by the band in this work. If the previous album clean vocals of "Ribeiro" has demonstrated maturity, then here the combination of clean vocals and guttural was excellent. Although not directly connected to an album "prog scene," the rhythmic variation exhibited by the band, the characteristic interpretive "Ribeiro" and the other members makes "The Antidote" an interesting album to listen. Experimentalism.

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 Lusitanian Metal by MOONSPELL album cover Live, 2008
1.54 | 4 ratings

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Lusitanian Metal
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kluseba

1 stars Don't get me wrong, I really like the studio albums of Moonspell and I have even seen them in concert and I have liked their performance very much. That's why I got so shocked when I listened to this album.

This album lacks of everything that a good live album needs. There is no connection and contact between the crowd and the band, they mostly do not even announce their songs or stop in between them.

You do not hear the crowd at all most of the time, you only hear a tiny and undistinguishable shrieking coming from far away when the bands decides some very rare times to take a little break between their songs.

The sound of the recordings is not dynamical at all, it really bores you to death. The studio versions of the songs are much more fresh, diversified and straight. There are really worlds between the studio albums and this live album.

One of their best songs, the legendary "Alma mater" is cut into pieces on the album, the whole magic and hypnotically bridge and the repeating of the first verse has been cut to shorten this song a lot.

When I bought this album I thought that it would help me to remember their concert and to get an impression of their discography which I didn't know very well at that time. Both thoughts were completely wrong and this horrible album was the reason why it took some time before I approached the band's music again and discovered many beautiful and intense albums. This live album really gives you a wrong and negative impression of the band. I don't understand at all why this lousy crap has even been published, even a lousy demo or a bootleg recording would have sounded better.

I can really not recommend to buy this album. If you are a newbie and you are looking for a first album to know this band better, you should seriously start with their diversified and interesting debut album and classic masterpiece "Wolfheart".

I give one point out of five points for the choice of the set list and the booklet.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on October 8th of the year 2010.

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 Wolfheart by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.84 | 34 ratings

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Wolfheart
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by kluseba

5 stars Wolfheart is easily one of my favourite records of all time. It has anything I would expect from a great metal album. It has a lot of diversity. It has an intense and coherent atmosphere. It has interesting lyrics that fit to the concept of the music and artwork. It has many catchy moments but also some more progressive and epic tracks. It has aged well and grows on you every time you try it out once again. It has its own unique charm and doesn't sound too much like anyone else.

Wolfheart has also been a revolutionary album being one of the first extreme metal records coming from Southern Europe. The band is right to be proud to come from a country where metal music isn't as popular as in Central and Northern Europe and they don't hesitate to perform parts of several songs in Portuguese. They also use a few folk instruments which give an epic touch to this debut record without sounding too soft and sweet. On the other hand, there is a big gothic influence in this record concerning the bleak atmosphere and the dark lyrics. Many people consider this album as a black metal record but this style is only one of several subtle elements and influences among others. The band mixes energy and majesty in a unique way without forgetting about originality.

Every song is worth to be listened to and there is no single filler on here. The harmonic and epic introduction to the great opening epic "Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)" immediately drowns us into a mysterious atmosphere and digs us deeper into a bleak majesty when the dark lyrics kick off. The keyboards and choirs may sound a little bit artificial as the band lacked of budget but this gives an undeniable charm to the record and makes it sound more underground and mysterious. In the first track the band already proves all of their talent. The singer switches from dark shrieks to low melodic clean vocals. The track has some chilling moments that focus on decent keyboard melodies, harmonic guitar passages and a surprisingly audible bass guitar line. On the other side, there are also more rhythm orientated mid tempo passages and a floating progressive bridge. Everything underlines the focus on a dark and addicting atmosphere and sounds very coherent. That's only what I say about the first track but I could continue like this for every other song on the record.

There are many magic moments on this album. "Trebaruna" is an amazingly hypnotizing folk track and pleases me at least ten times more than anything most of the so-called modern folk bands from Northern Europe use to play. I mean those guys here come from Portugal and perform dark folk beats as if they have grown up with Viking history and Scandinavian folk tales. The great bonus track "Ataegina" has some great Lusitanian folk elements and is able to mix happy and positive chants with mysterious folk sounds and dark riffs. Who needs Eluveitie now? The female shrieks in the end of "Vampiria" give me goose bumps every time I listen to them once again and are an unforgettable moment in metal history. The Portuguese chorus of the addicting "Alma Mater" is not only catchy as hell but also a true statement by the band.

There are so many whining people that claim that the eighties were such a great decade while the nineties were the downfall of metal music. Every time I listen to Moonspell's "Wolfheart", Amorphis' "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" or Therion's "Theli" I realize that this is not true and that the nineties even seem to have the greater gems. This is one of them and a definite must have for any metal fan of any genre.

Originally published on www.metal-archives.com on August 25th of the year 2011.

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 The Antidote by MOONSPELL album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.32 | 15 ratings

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The Antidote
Moonspell Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'The Antidote' - Moonspell (6/10)

Moonspell aren't going to make the music you would find typical of progressive metal. Alot of their stuff is alot more doomy and down-tempo than most, and while there is a bit of a forward-thinking attitude to them, you won't find the sort of stuff played here that the more adventurous bands play. In any case however, Moonspell is a talented band, and they show it through some very solid songwriting and thoughtful arrangements. While alot of this album is pretty dry and has a fair share of flaws, an above-average sense of songwriting ties the album together and makes it whole. There a a large dose of gothic flair here, thrown onto a death metal pallette. The singer constantly switches between a skilled growl and a basso profundo that can get extremely dry at times but after a few listens, it really dawns that this isn't the sort of metal that would benefit from having four-octave wails.

The title track is arguably the strongest track here, although alot of the songs are memorable in their own right. 'In & Above Man' segues seamlessly into the dark almost jungle-sounding percussive intro of 'From Lowering Skies.' 'Capricorn At Her Feet' has one of the most beautiful guitar solo segments you could possibly find on this album, although the rest of the song isn't quite up to par. 'Lunar Still' takes quite a while to get going but it's a dreamy segment that can be wholly enjoyable if you're in the mood for it. The final track, 'As We Eternally Sleep On It' is one of the tightest compositions, and something that doesn't adhere to songwriting convention. It builds up slowly- much like post-rock - and it leads into atmospheric guitar work that caps off the album.

'The Antidote' is tightly composed and produced, but it doesn't seem to really catch my attention in the way a really great album would. There are parts that are amazing, but it seems these are spread like too little butter over too much toast. A good album, but with not enough layering or ambition to make for a truly inspiring journey.

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