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Formed: 1989
From: Brandoa, Portugal
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Moonspell News

Below is our complete Moonspell news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Patria To Record Cover Track For Moonspell Tribute

A Brazilian tribute to Moonspell is coming soon titled "Em Nome Do Medo." Black metal outfit Patria has released a video clip teasing it's contribution to the tribute album, which can be seen at Facebook here. The band also comments:

"We're recording our cover version for the song 'Wolfshade' that will be featured on the official Brazilian Tribute to Moonspell.

"Check out this short preview, still without vocals though. This track is being mixed by our talented friend Fabiano Penna (Ex Rebaelliun and The Ordher). PS.: Sorry about the bad camera sound! More coming soon!!"

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Sunday Old School: Moonspell

So far this year, the Sunday Old School column has certainly been living up to the ambition of covering more bands from around the world, having for the first time featured bands from Greece (Rotting Christ,) Poland (Behemoth and Vader) and Belgium (Channel Zero) and so this week, we continue our global metal excavating by looking at a Portuguese band for the first time, one of the finest examples of gothic metal, Moonspell. Moonspell were formed in 1989 in Amadora, located in the North of Lisboa, initially under the moniker, Morbid God. In 1992, the group decided to change their name and got to work on new material, which they released in 1994 as part of their debut EP, "Under the Moonspell." The EP proved popular in the metal underground and impressed executives at Century Media Records enough that they offered the band a six album deal. It wasn’t long before the band had recorded their first full length effort, which was released in April 1995 under the title, "Wolfheart" and was considerably more in line with black metal than the gothic vibe which they would become known for.

Although the album was somewhat ignored by the metal media, it allowed the group to embark on a tour of Europe, during which guitarist, Mantus left the band, to be replaced by Ricardo Amorim. A new guitarist also meant a new style for Moonspell, who quickly adopted a gothic approach to their music, which they showcased on their sophomore album, "Irreligious," released in 1996. The album was a landmark for the band not only in terms of style change, but also their first single and music video for the song, "Opium," as well as some other Moonspell classics such as "Awake" and "Full Moon Madness," which has become the standard final song at the majority of Moonspell concerts. In addition to these personal successes, the band also found some commercial achievement when the record sold over ten thousand copies in their native Portugal. However, as with the cycle for "Wolfheart," the band would soon find themselves departing with another member, this time with bass player, Ares, whose fallout with the group was bad enough that lawsuits were soon brought into the mix. More...

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Moonspell Comments On The Passing Of Quorthon

Portuguese Gothic metal band Moonspell has issued the following statement about the 10th anniversary of the passing of metal legend Quorthon:

"Ten years and one day have passed since Quorthon left us and headed to Valhalla but his legacy lives through, in the shape of the many fans and enthusiasts whom followed his footsteps with their bands and projects.

"Moonspell is one of them and we would like to pay just a modest tribute by hailing Quorthon and his memory, not only in many of our songs and lyrics but also in the way he dealt with his fans.

"Fernando and many of the original members of Moonspell to be (Morbid God) were there and you can spot him/them at 4.29 (Fernando is on a Sodom shirt, mullet hair eheh) but according to him, this was maybe the happiest day of his life.

"The week after Moonspell was born. Enjoy and never forget Quorthon on his way up high!"

Be sure to also read "Call From The Grave: The Lost Quorthon Interview" right here, or check out the Bathory edition of our Sunday Old School column. More...

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Moonspell Live Footage Available

Hellenic Live Chaos has uploaded footage of Moonspell performing live in Greece, which can be seen below. The band comments:

"Here's a fan video that really reflects the great atmosphere of the Night of the Wolf in Athens, Greece. Again, we are so thankful for this response and all the great reviews and praise we received both on location and via social networking.

"Now it's time to write some more for the next album and gear up for the Out and Loud festival in Geiselwind, Germany, next Saturday, our next stop. Under the spell, enjoy!"

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Moonspell Kicking Off Tour

Gothic Portuguese metallers Moonspell have returned to North America to begin their headline tour tonight in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Culture Room. We also recently chatted with the band about the trek, which can be read right here.

The "America Noir" tour will run through February 20th in Toronto, ON. Support on the tour will be provided by Napalm Records label-mates Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Moonspell Frontman Fernando Ribeiro commented on the tour and the band's return to North America:

"We are excited to be back in the North America and to celebrate every night with our fans in every city we play. It's the 11th time we have come to the States and for sure we will be playing not only from the present but plenty from the past. We invite everyone out there reading these words to come and support us if you know us or come out and discover us, if you're into the darkest of metals, the heaviest of Goth America painted in noir, the Spell is here!"

Moonspell is touring in support of the band's 2012 release "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here). More...

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Total Metal Open Air Taking Place In July

The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival have announced that tickets will go on sale February 3rd via Ticketone, Bookingshow, and Metaltix. Production manager Fabrizio Fiorito comemnts:

“This year we are preparing an edition which will be far superior to all prior ones for both the number and quality of the bands and for all the care that we are having for the non-musical entertainments of the festival. A highest ticket cost was lawful and justified, but just because of the major change that we are doing we would like to introduce the 'new' TMF to as much people as possible. Certainly we're sacrificing part of the possible income, but, with foresight, we look to the future and we are confident that a low ticket price will bring us a lot more people and then will make the event even more famous and popular."

The Italian festival takes place on July 19th and 20th, 2014 and so far Annihilator, Moonspell, and Death Angel have been confirmed, with more announcements coming shortly. More...

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Wacken Open Air 2012 Seeing CD/DVD Release

There‘s only one Wacken Open Air, and nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany.

2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy, and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary - and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18th, 2014 in the US and Canada.

The CD version can now be pre-ordered at this location, and the festival featured appearances by Volbeat, Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Warrior Soul, Cradle of Filth, and Hammercult.

The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet for a total of four and a half hours of music. The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups. More...

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Moonspell Posts "American Noir" Trailer

Moonspell will be hitting the road with Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes for the "American Noir" tour starting at the end of January.

A teaser trailer for the trek can now be viewed below. Moonspell will be touring in support of latest album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here).

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Moonspell Announces U.S. Tour With Leaves' Eyes

Gothic Portuguese metallers Moonspell have announced that they are returning to North American for a headline tour in 2014. The "America Noir" tour will begin January 31st in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and is currently scheduled to run through February 20th in Toronto, ON. Support on the tour will be provided by Napalm Records label-mates Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity. A list of announced dates can be found below.

Moonspell are touring in support of their latest release 2012's Alpha Noir (see review here). The band toured North America in early 2013 and are eager to make their return.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

1/31: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
2/3: Ft Worth, TX @ Rail Club
2/4: Albuquerque, NM @ Blackwater Music
2/5 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
2/6: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
2/7: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
2/8: Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
2/9: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
2/11: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
2/13: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
2/14: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/15: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
2/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
2/18: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
2/19: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
2/20: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club

Ticketing info, additional shows and meet and greet info will be announced shortly. More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Chaostar Announces Album Title, Guest Musicians

Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Chaostar album:

"After a long wait, it is now time to unveil the title of the new Chaostar album! The Greek band’s forthcoming fourth opus is entitled ‘Anomima’ and will hit the stores on May 10th (May 14th in North America). As previously announced, ‘Anomima’ will feature guest appearances by Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent and Moonspell singer Fernando Ribeiro. More news soon!"

Chaostar’s current line-up is as follows:

Christos Antoniou: Composer / Synths
Androniki Skoula: Vocals
Fotis Benardo: Percussion
George Diamandopoulos: Traditional instruments
Charalampos Paritsis: Electric violin
John Thermos: Synths

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Moonspell Announces Shows With Swallow The Sun

Moonspell has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates with Swallow the Sun:

"At last! After trying out many times in the years following our last visit to Finland in Tuska’s 2007 edition, we are proud to announce our return to the land of the thousand lakes.

"The band opted for club shows, upon fan request for longer sets, and will be playing in the cities/clubs announced in the poster. We are also happy to inform that Finnish already legendary dark doomsters Swallow the Sun will be the special guests in all dates.

"We hope now that all our Finnish fans pack the place and come out to celebrate with Moonspell twenty years of passion and doom. Omnium Gatherum will perform with these two giants in Jyväskylä and Cataleptic in Turku and in Helsinki."

Dates are as follows:

4.4. Lutakko, Jyväskylä
5.4. Klubi (Live-side), Turku
6.4. Virgin Oil Co., Helsinki

Ticket pre-sale will begin on Wednesday February 6th and tickets can be purchased from this location. More...

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Marduk/Moonspell Tour Dates Announced

This February/March 2013, Rock the Nation America and Hails & Horns are proud to present the "Voices From The Dark" tour, featuring Swedish black metallers Marduk and Portuguese gothic heavy hitters Moonspell as co-headliners.

Support for the trek includes Colombian/American black metallers Inquisition, Italy's gothic melodic sensation The Foreshadowing, and Swedish blackened punk rockers Death Wolf. See below for all upcoming dates.

For the latest updates about "Voices From The Dark" tour 2013, be sure to check out the official Facebook page here. More...

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Final Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The Barge To Hell is just days away from departure and final band announcements are being made. The cruise sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

Just announced are Novembers Doom, Vital Remains, Brujeria and underground acts Abiotic, Zanthropya Ex, and Dark Sermon. The organizers also report that both the German and Canadian incarnations of Necronomicon will be in attendance.

With the announcement comes some bad news that Six Feet Under has had to cancel their appearance due to a scheduling conflict with their studio and needing to have their new album delivered in time.

You can still book a trip on the Barge To Hell.

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Exodus And More Confirmed For Barge To Hell

The organizers of the Barge To Hell cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Exodus, Seita, Havok, and Necronomicon:

"Let the world-wide EXODUS for BARGE TO HELL begin! Paying tribute to their global customer base, they've also added: SEITA from Brazil and The Netherlands, HAVOK from the USA, NECRONOMICON from Germany and HEADCRUSHER from Colombia!

"Barge To Hell's customer service team is working around the clock to get everything ready for those that are booked to perform online check-in. Booked passengers can expect to receive their online check-in invitation on Monday.

"The madness begins on December 3rd, when 40 of the most extreme Metal Bands and 2,000 headbangers from all over the world will go to the Caribbean to take over a luxury cruise ship for a 5 day and 4 night trip to the undead! See each of the 40 bands play two live shows on two different days. That's 80 shows with unrestricted festival access to the three stages, each with it's own unique atmosphere:

- The luxurious 'A Chorus Line' theater where they spare no expense to have the benches removed on the floor. Because at a Metal show, who actually wants assigned seating in front of the stage?

- The cozy 'Spectrum' that gives you the real club feeling.

- And their jewel: The open air stage on the pool deck. The biggest festival stage to sail the Oceans.

"You can also get all your memorabilia signed at the Meet & Greet sessions. Be part of their infamous Metal Karaoke and many other special activities with the Artists. And last, but not least: Don't forget that they have bars on board that never close! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done."

The following 35 bands have now been confirmed: More...

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Grave, Bonded By Blood Confirmed For Barge To Hell

Departing in less than a month, two more bands have been announced for the Barge to Hell: Grave and Bonded By Blood. The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Lock Up, Nachtmystium Confirmed For Barge To Hell

With a month before boarding the Barge to Hell left, the organizers have announced two more bands: metal supergroup Lock Up, featuring Nicholas Barker on drums (ex-Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir), Shane Embury on bass (Napalm Death), Anton Reisenegger on guitar (Criminal), and Tomas Lindberg on vocals (At The Gates, Disfear) and Nachtmystium.

Also announced was the cancellation of BELPHEGOR. Stated the organizers: "We tried our best to work something out, but regrettably must confirm that they won't be part of BARGE TO HELL. We will make sure that we have a suitable replacement."

The Barge to Hell sets sail Monday, December 3rd, 2012 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas and returns on Friday, December 7th, 2012.

The lineup is shaping up as follows, with a dozen more bands yet to be announced: More...

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Iberia Posts "Hollywood" Clip

Portuguese hard rock/metal act Iberia has recently released a video for the track "Hollywood," taken off the band’s third album "Revolution."

The clip, available below, contains live footage of the band's performance on September 14th as headlining group of the Youth Night (Festas da Moita 2012), which took place in Moita, Portugal. The video features Moonspell guitarist Ricardo Amorim as a guest musician. Iberia will also be opening for W.A.S.P. this coming November 10th in Lisbon, Portugal. More...

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Sorrowful Angels Streaming Moonspell Covers

Sorrowful Angels has posted three Moonspell cover songs online, which can be heard below, and the band also commented:

"In order to celebrate our 2 gigs supporting Moonspell in Thessaloniki & Athens on the 28th and 29th of September 2012, along with our good friend bands, Fallen Arise, SadDoLLs and Luna Obscura, we decided to make this mini tribute.

"3 of our favourite Moonspell songs (Luna, Nocturna, Scorpion Flower) are covered by Sorrowful Angels featuring perfomances of Spyla Dibela (Fallen Arise), George Downloved (SadDoLLs) and Gogo Melone (Luna Obscura). We hope you to enjoy them as much as we d?. Special thanx to Gogo Melone for her beautiful artwork." More...

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Obscura Announces First Latin American Show

German progressive death metal titans Obscura have announced their first ever Latin American appearance this December in Mexico City. This special one-off show will take place on December 8th at Circo Volador with Portugal’s Moonspell. Guitarist/Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the upcoming appearance:

"We are proud to announce our very first show in Mexico City after almost 10 years of playing Death Metal! This is the first show in Latin America for Obscura and our fan base in Mexico is just incredible. Since there were rumors spread about this single show we receive every day more and more messages from fans if this is going to be true. We can confirm the concert with Portugal's finest, Moonspell, and make this a special show for everyone. We are looking forward to playing for you!"

Additionally, Obscura is about to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary with a string of shows in Germany. More details will be announced shortly. The band is also currently streaming 2011’s "Omnivium" (reviewed here) in the bandcamp player below. More...

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