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 – Black Metal laced Gothic Metal stuff coming out of 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).
But then the vampire or the thing that dwells in the darkness inside you will wake and you start to like this harsh tune served with a metal hammer by our Southern friends. With some reservations. They do push the limits – but then again Moonspell are known to do just that and vary their tune from one album to the other. And you need to be in the mood to make do with all that screaming and growling in there. [...]