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Night Eternal

Moonspell

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Album Review

Once upon a time, goth rock meant a bunch of vampire-looking people playing new wave-y music. However, the times they are a changin', as goth metal has arguably become the most common and popular goth-related music circa the early 21st century. And the proof is in the emergence of such acts as Moonspell. A certified sensation back home in Portugal (where their albums reach the top of the charts, and they even won an MTV Europe award for Best Portuguese Act), the quintet has certainly carved a niche for themselves, and continue to riff and growl away on their 2008 release, Night Eternal. If you were to erase the goth keyboards from the proceedings, Moonspell would sound like your average extreme metal band. But with the keys added, Moonspell are one of the few bands of the genre that is not entirely one-dimensional. Case in point, the track "Shadow Sun," which begins as one of the group's more tranquil numbers, before simply erupting in time for the chorus. And there's the first single, "Scorpion Flower," which is a male-female duet, and an obvious attempt at balancing metal with melody in hope of crossover success.

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Moonspell for people who don't like Moonspell.

That may sound odd, but it's meant as a compliment. Personally, I can't stand the Type-O Negative style clean vocals that plague most of Moonspell's otherwise excellent music. In fact, it's the only thing preventing this band from being one of my favorites. Good news, then, for those who agree. This album features Fernando largely relying on his growling and whispering talents, which are far greater than his singing. Even "Scorpion Flower", while having clean vocals, avoids the deep, overdramatic sounds of previous songs and actually comes out pretty good. The best song on the album, though, is certainly the vicious "At Tragic Heights". If you really want to like Moonspell and love their music, but just can't get into their usual vocals, this album is a godsend.

rock on Moonspell

great album. short but gr8. NIght ETernal>:"

Regardless

I am primarily a Death metal fan, but i was surprised at how content I was with listening to the album, black metal hues adding themselves tot he harmonies and blistering melodies in night eternal and others. I would recomend this to fans of opeth

Biography

Formed: Portugal

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Hailing from the nation of Portugal, the doomy goth metal quintet Moonspell consists of vocalist Fernando Ribeiro, guitarist Ricardo Amorim, keyboardist/programmer Pedro Paixão, bassist Sérgio Crestana, and drummer Mike Gaspar. After a poorly distributed 1994 album for the French Adipocere label, Moonspell debuted on Century Media in 1995 with Wolfheart; it was followed in 1996 by Irreligious and in 1998 by Sin/Pecado. Moonspell returned in 1999 with Butterfly Effect. Two years later, the group released...
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