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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.
After streaming the title track "Extinct" (still available here), Moonspell has another new song online from the band's upcoming full-length album.
Check out "Breathe (Until We Are No More)" below, courtesy of Metal Injection. "Extinct" will drop March 9th in the UK and March 17th in North America. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Breathe (Until We Are No More)
3. Funeral Bloom
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last of Us
7. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark More...
If you are planning your Summer vacation and are looking for a place where your favourite bands might have a show, where the beer is outrageously cheap, and the landscape is awesome, you might want to try the lands of Transylvania.
We’re talking about a particular place from this region: Rasnov city, placed in the heart of Romania, near the legendary Castle of Dracula.
Here, an international extreme metal festival is to be held August 12th – 15th 2015: the Rockstadt Extreme Fest. The full ineup includes 45 bands with names such as Moonspell, At The Gates, Marduk, Combichrist, Ensiferum, Kataklysm, Carnifex, Taake, Cattle Decapitation, White Walls, Krisiun, Be'lakor, Suicidal Angels, and many more confirmed.
Besides good music, you’ll be able to enjoy urban sports in a special area inside the festival site, see movies in the dedicated outdoor cinema (set-up in collaboration with the Dracula Film Fest), and more. For further details, head over to this location. More...
Portuguese Gothic metal pioneers Moonspell first brought dark metal flames to their native country and then set the rest of the world aflame with milestone albums including "Irreligious" and "Night Eternal."
Now with eleventh studio album "Extinct," the band has erected yet another monument in the realm of Gothic music. Today you can hear a new song off the album. Check out the title track below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
Be prepared to be "Extinct" March 9th in the UK and March 17th in North America. The album's full track listing is as follows: More...
Portuguese dark/gothic metal act Moonspell have revealed the release schedule (seen below) for the upcoming eleventh full length studio release "Extinct." The album will come as a standard CD, mediabook edition and vinyl LP with bonus tracks and alternate artwork (courtesy of Septicflesh's Seth Siro Anton). The release dates via Napalm Records are as follows:
March 6th: G/A/S/Europe/AUS
March 9th: UK/NO/FR/DK/IT
March 11th: SE/ESP
March 17th: USA/CAN
Included in the media book edition is a very special 80-minute documentary Bonus DVD, which provides an in-depth making of the album feature from the first note on, as well as the day-to-day lives of a Portuguese band in the studio. The exclusive DVD also includes statements from scientists covering the subject of Extinction, particularly the extinction of the Iberian Wolf, a cause Moonspell is personally involved.
The standard CD track list is as follows:
Moonspell today unveils the alternate LP edition cover artwork for new album "Extinct," which is available below. "Extinct" will drop in March.
The standard CD edition artwork can still be seen here. Both versions come courtesy of Seth Siro Anton from Septicflesh. The LP edition's track listing is:
1. Breathe (Until We Are No More)
5. The Last of Us (streaming here)
7. Funeral Bloom
8. A Dying Breed
9. The Future Is Dark
10. La Baphomette
11. Until We Are No Less (Bonus Track)
12. Doomina (Bonus Track)
13. Last Of Them (Bonus Track)
14. The Past Is Darker (Bonus Track) More...
Moonspell's new album "Extinct" is due out March 2015 via Napalm Records and now the band has an advance single out titled "The Last Of Us," which premiered via a radio broadcast but can now be heard in the player below. The band comments:
"Thanks for the huge response to the single, ladies and gents! It's great when you feel you're meaningful to someone, via your own music. That's what connects us, the giving, the taking! Well, nine more songs to be discovered and we do hope to share another track with you guys soon.
"We just thank the chance to reveal our mediabook cover artwork. Hope you dig it, Seth Siro Anton elaborated on this one and so did we and our label Napalm Records. This edition will be a two disc edition, containing the full album, plus bonus songs remixed by our very own Pedro Paixão and a full documentary named Road to Extinction which contains not only the making of of the album but as well some scientific context about extinction.
"In the meanwhile, enjoy the cover and for those who miss it you can still listen to The Last of Us radio broadcast below." More...
Portuguese Gothic metal band Moonspell has checked in with this following year-end message to fans:
"We take the chance of wishing all of our fans, sisters, brothers wolves, a great 2015! May your wishes come true and may you help us preserve our species throughout the next and other years to come.
"See you in your part of the world or right here in Portugal! A little souvenir from Omega White before Extinct takes over completely. This night is right for it: NEW TEARS EVE."
Moonspell's new album "Extinct" is due out March 2015 via Napalm Records, and today the cover artwork can be seen below. The band also comments:
"We have arrived safely in Warsaw, Poland and are just chilling out and resting to kick some ass tomorrow in the last show of a very intense year, or a couple of years to be more accurate.
"We take the chance to reveal our new cover artwork done by Seth Siro Anton once again. Goes without saying that we feel privileged of having him creating such spectacular, disturbing and impressive paintings to adorn our music.
"This will be the cover of our jewelcase edition but we can already let you know that all editions available (Napalm deluxe box, Mediabook, and Vinyl LP) will have different cover artwork!" More...
Portugal's Moonspell has announced the band's new album "Extinct" is due out March 2015 via Napalm Records. This will be the follow-up to the 2012 album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here).
"Extinct" was produced by Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Opeth and Paradise Lost) and the track listing is as follows:
1. Until We Are No More (Breathe)
3. Funeral Bloom
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last Of Us
7. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark More...
A new Brazilian tribute to Moonspell has been released and is now available for free download. Check out "Em Nome Do Medo - A Brazilian Tribute To Moonspell" at this location.
Organized by Heavy And Loud Press and The Burn Productions, the project reunites 18 Brazilian bands paying a tribute to the dark metal masters, Moonspell. Heavy And Loud had this to say:
“'Em nome do medo' features 18 bands from 11 different Brazilian states, from almost all regions of the country: Northeast, Southeast, South and Midwest. Demonstrating Moosnpell’s importance and influence in the last generations of extreme metallers in Brazilian lands, 'Em nome do medo' brings groups of diverse dark and gloomy heavy metal subgenres, with representatives of black metal, death metal, dark metal, doom metal and gothic metal.
"Heavy and Loud Press and Burn Productions chose the title 'Em nome do medo' as a way to strengthen the bond between the two Portuguese-speaking countries. 'Em nome do medo,' from the album 'Alpha Noir,' is a Moonspell song entirely in Portuguese. Fear, our survival instincts. More...
Moonspell is currently working on a new album to follow the "Alpha Noir" release, and afterwards the Portuguese Gothic metal act will hit the road with Septicflesh (dates available here).
The band has now checked in with the following update about the recording process: "Scenes from the studio! Different moods, different songs. Half of the album is done tracking. Other half to come. I am having a great time, Jens is great, my band supportive through my highs and lows. Can't wait to share this album and lyrics with you and I am sure you won't be indifferent to them. Well it's back to the booth now. Have a great week everyone!"
Last week Moonspell also issued this update on the vocals: "Everything is going great and he is singing his most personal and perhaps best lyrics ever. The vocal approach will be a bit different this time, more melodic and dark, but I am sure the true fans will love to get closer to his dark soul even more than on the previous records." More...
Moonspell is currently working on a new album, and the Portuguese Gothic metal band will join Greek symphonic death metal outfit Septicflesh on a string of European shows in Spring 2015. The dates are as follows:
12 Mar 15 Nijmegen (NL) Doornroosje
13 Mar 15 Haarlem (NL) Patronaat
14 Mar 15 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
15 Mar 15 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
16 Mar 15 Essen (DE) Turock
17 Mar 15 Hamburg (DE) Knust
18 Mar 15 Berlin (DE) K 17
19 Mar 15 München (DE) Feierwerk
20 Mar 15 Pratteln (CH) Z 7
21 Mar 15 Vevey (CH) The Rocking Chair
22 Mar 15 Romagnano Sesia (IT) R´n´R Arena
23 Mar 15 Lyon (FR) CCO
24 Mar 15 Toulon (FR) Vox
25 Mar 15 Barcelona (ES) Razz 2
26 Mar 15 Madrid (ES) Shoko
29 Mar 15 Santiago de Compostela (ES) Capitol
30 Mar 15 Toulouse (FR) Metronum
31 Mar 15 Paris (FR) Trabendo
01 Apr 15 Esch sur Alzette (LU) Kulturafabrik More...
The Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell - which was covered in our Sunday Old School column this Summer - is already in the studio working on the follow-up to "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Working hard under the wing of Mr. Jens Bogren, our producer of choice. A true pro, restless until he finds the right note and beat.
"It's been great so far. We are moving to Sweden pretty soon to record this gentle beast at Fascination Street studios. More info and more pics soon. Inferno studios, Portugal. Today." More...
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!!"
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...
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!"
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!"
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!"
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...
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...