Moonspell – Hermitage (2021) – Review

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Do you know what I like about Moonspell? They always deliver something new on every record. I often think back to the quietly aggressive desperation on Extinct or the delicious menace on Night Eternal.1) 1755 was a bit more touchy, yet the idea to do an album in Portuguese without clear vocals was quite a feat. Because, earthquake centuries ago, you know.

Insinuations and rumors have it that the band may not continue for much longer. And that’s not necessarily something I fancy to hear. Because this band’s dark and melancholy ways have very much become … [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – 1755 (2017) – Review

Last updated on 4 March 2021

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Do you know what I really had to get used to? A Moonspell record all in Portuguese – with some Latin thrown in for good measure. But then, it fits the theme, doesn’t it?

The record tells the story of the massive 1755 earthquake that ravaged Lisbon that same year. And – believe it or not – this still resonates with parts of the Portuguese population to this day. As to the RockmusicRaider sprawling officescape, we do like a theme-based album at any time of the day. Because – usually – those get … [...] Click to raid more!

Moonspell – Night Eternal (2008) – Review!

Last updated on 10 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Night Eternal - Album Cover By Loki, the 9th studio album Night Eternal of the Portuguese band Moonspell is hard chow. You really need to listen to this jumble of tracks a few times and apply some goodwill at first. And I mean really go for it!

To take it all in IS tough – blackened, darkly ominous Gothic Metal sounds emerging from my earphones. Brutal, technically very demanding, riffs and harsh vocals assaulting your eardrums and virtually marching through your brain. If it is not burned away – that is – after listening to this record repeatedly. 

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Moonspell – Extinct (2015) – Review

Last updated on 20 July 2020

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RockmusicRaider Review - Moonspell - Extinct - Album CoverWhoa! What a nice slab of metal! When I first started to listen to the 11th full length album Extinct of the Portuguese band Moonspell, it did not impress me much. The record just did not stick. But then their tune started to get glued to the inside of my eardrums. And slowly, but surely got into my mind and bloodstream somehow. What the hell? Some fucking voodoo right there.

The more you listen to the album, the more it grows on ye. Mind you, it is not ‘conquer by attrition’, but you need [...] Click to raid more!