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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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Moonspell Comments On Upcoming Album

As was previously announced, Moonspell's new album "Alpha Noir" will be released on April 27th and will also be available as a deluxe special edition including the musical twin "Omega White."

Both releases were produced and mixed by Tue Madsen and pre-produced by Benny Richter. The band will present the new songs at upcoming summer festival appearances. The double album "Alpha Noir" / "Omega White" will be played in its entirety at Lisbon's Campo Pequeno, that holds 5000 fans, with the most daring stage set and visuals the band has ever tried. Fernando Ribeiro commented:

"A true band has to have a glorious past, a solid present, and a bright future. More than that, a true band has to know how to live through all these seasons, dealing with their ghosts, their shadows, their aim at the light, moulding darkness with personality, with the impulse to be better, to do better while getting close to theirselves. Their true heart, soul and flesh. Never has a Moonspell album come so close to being the new opus magna (masterpiece). "Alpha Noir" is scheduled to be proudly released by Napalm Records on the 27th of April, when spring racks through the wastes of winter, bursting new colors over familiar sights, once silent and white, yet now fiery under the blackest of suns.

"The concept of this new record, painstakingly composed by the Portuguese gothic metal knights over the past three years, following the critically acclaimed 'Night Eternal,' is bulletproof. The band managed to split their heart and soul in half, and the result is that they came even closer to themselves: the ambitious band they always were with a undying wish to not claim any throne, but to build their own ships that would take them and their fans to 'give new worlds to the world,' like in the Age of Discovery, where the Portuguese were a leading force in the world.

"With their country drowned in a corrosive crisis, Moonspell filled their lungs with pride and created an incendiary album, with nine outbursts of their rockiest and thrashier riffs made superiorly dimensioned by the reindivictative lyrical content and songs structure that take you by storm from the get-go. Moonspell has tapped a notch into their energy-filled gothic metal by adding a guitar wall forged by timeless artists: Bathory, King Diamond, and even old thrash metal legends like Onslaught and Metallica's early Works, or Testament and Artillery make Alpha Noir a truly surprising and fresh record, in which all the songs have climax with a high-tension charm that will for sure electricize live audiences everywhere. More...

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Moonspell Announces New Album Title

Portugal's Moonspell has unveiled the title and release date for the band's upcoming opus and follow-up to the 2008 album "Night Eternal." Moonspell's new album is to be named "Alpha Noir" and will see official release on April 27th, 2012 via Napalm Records. The album was produced and mixed by Tue Madsen.

The special edition will also feature a second CD titled "Omega White," which includes eight original musical themes. Further details on the full track listing will be announced as they are made available.

Moonspell also recently posted a year-end 2011 recap video clip online.

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Moonspell Posts Year-End Video

Moonspell has posted a video clip online titled "Headbanging Into 2012," which is available via the band's Facebook profile here. Moonspell also commented on the video:

"Silly but hearfelt 2012 greetings. The first video was a bit of a fail, so here we go again ;) just loosing it to the riffs ouf our new album scheduled for the end of april via Napalm Records!happy 2012!!!"

In other recent Moonspell news, the band signed with Napalm Records and posted a new album video update online here. Further details on the follow-up to the band's 2008 release "Night Eternal" will be announced as they are made available.

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Moonspell Posts Album Update Video

Moonspell recently announced its signing with Napalm Records for the release of a new album in 2012. The band has now posted an album update video clip online, which can be viewed below.

The new, as-yet-untitled album will follow-up Moonspell's 2008 release "Night Eternal." Additional details will be announced as they are made available.

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Moonspell Signs With Napalm

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell has signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. A new album by the dark metal band revolving around the charismatic front man Fernando Ribeiro will be released in spring 2012. Fernando Ribeiro also commented:

"With Moonspell nothing really ends, but always ever begins. Signing with Napalm is a firm step into cutting all bullshit and work with people who truly believe in us and respect our longevity, while helping us to embrace those who have been arriving in the last years to start with us yet another kingdom of darkness under the moon.

"Our new album is a statement. Our blood is the ink. Your skin, the scrolls upon we will write. Napalm Records, our messenger. Be ready."

More details about the upcoming long player will be revealed as they become available from the band.

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Amon Amarth Confirms For Brutal Assault 2012

Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.

Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:

Arcturus
Arkona
Be'lakor
Cattle Decapitation
Converge
Dimmu Borgir
Dodheimsgard
General Surgery
Heathen
Heaven Shall Burn
Immortal
Incantation
Ministry
Moonspell
Norther
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
Sodom
Textures
The Black Dahlia Murder
Virus

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Moonspell Announces "Eastern Lunacy Tour" Dates

Portuguese gothic/extrme metal band Moonspell announces a string of dates in 2012 as part of the band's Eastern Lunacy Tour:

Feb, 29th: Minsk, Republic Club, BELARUS (BY)
March, 1st: Kiev, Bingo Club, UKRAINE (UKR)
March, 2nd: Moscow, Pipl Club, RUSSIA (RUS)
March, 3rd: St.Petersburg, Glavclub, RUSSIA (RUS)

The band stated that the set list will consist of some vintage material, some recent classic songs and a couple of new ones.

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Hell and Heaven Fest Lineup Announced

MEGADETH is confirmed to play the Hell and Heaven Metal Fest in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, November 19, 2011. The Hell And Heaven Metal Fest is currently the only open air metal festival in Mexico. The festival had its first edition in October 2010 with three stages and 40 bands. The festival is dedicated to metal, but tries to balance genres such as heavy, glam, metalcore, thrash, speed, death, black and industrial metal.

This year the promoters expect to have a 20,000 audience and have confirmed 57 bands on four stages. The full line-up for the festival is as follows:

MEGADETH (USA)
OVERKILL (USA)
FEAR FACTORY (USA)
MOONSPELL (PORTUGAL)
KATAKLYSM (CANADA)
DESTRUCTION (ALEMANIA)
MAYAN (HOLANDA)
DARK FUNERAL (SUECIA)
TRISTANIA (NORUEGA)
WEHRMACHT (USA)
WITHIN THE RUINS (USA)
VITAL REMAINS (USA)
LIZZY BORDEN (USA)
PROFECIA (USA)

Plus the following Mexican bands: More...

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"Darkness Over X-Mas" 2011 Lineup Announced

Suidakra has issued the following announcement about joining the upcoming "Darkness Over X-mas Tour:"

"We will take part on the 'Darkness Over X-Mas Tour 2011' in December with DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MOONSPELL, HELL, NEAERA & SUIDAKRA. Marcus won't be able to play this tour with us, so our good friend and former guitarist Tim Siebrecht will play the bass position on this tour! Hope to see you guys!"

Dates are as follows, and the promotional poster can be viewed below:

25.12.2011 Leipzig, Werk 2
26.12.2011 Stuttgart, LKA-Longhorn
27.12.2011 CH-Pratteln, Z728.12.2011 Saarbr├╝cken, Garage
29.12.2011 Hamburg, Docks
30.12.2011 Dortmund, FZW More...

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Ava Inferi Announces Shows With Moonspell

Ava Inferi has checked in with the following update about Spanish shows alongside Moonspell:

"We are happy to announce that Ava Inferi will do support for the one and only Moonspell on select dates in Spain this coming December. We are very happy to be back where our live activities started some 4 years ago, then supporting Christian Death. The dates are as follows:

December 2nd. Madrid
Venue: Sala Heineken

December 3rd. Sevilla
Venue: Sala Fanatic

"The tour dubbed the 'Vintage Tour' will also see Moonspell performing material from their classic albums 'Wolfheart' and 'Irreligious.' We promise a night to remember!"

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Moonspell Announces Spanish "Vintage Tour"

Moonspell has announced a string of upcoming Spanish tour dates in December, which have been dubbed the "Vintage Tour" and is in celebration of the early albums "Wolfheart" and "Irreligious." Details on the currently announced dates are available in the tour poster below.

Moonspell also recently announced a new album is in the works, with recording set to begin in August. Although the title has yet to be announced, the band revealed the revealed the initials will be "AN."

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Moonspell Issues Album Update

After previously releasing a lengthy post about the lack of updates for a new album, Moonspell has now checked in with the following update about the band's recording process:

"The new album proceeds and we will do a second pre-production with Benny Ricther in late July and Mike will record drums for these songs, most likely in Germany.

"The rest of the album will be tracked bys us and Tue Madsen during the month of August. Once the music is done, we will be able to give a better insight into this new concept and way of making things.

"Until then we count the days until we are able to match our big words with one of the most exciting collection of songs we ever worked in as composers."

Additional details on Moonspell's upcoming new album will be announced as they are made available.

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Moonspell: Seduction Game Essential For New Album

Gothic metal act Moonspell has been tight-lipped about the band's upcoming album and follow-up to 2008's "Night Eternal." The band has now posted a lengthy updated on Facebook regarding the album and the band's recent festival appearances. The new album's initials will be "AN" (no full title has been revealed yet) and it is currently expected to drop in 2012. You can read the complete post from Moonspell below, in which the band explains why it has given no concrete information on the release until now.

"Dear everyone, it's great to witness day by day the growth of our community here in the FB, especially in these official profile. Together with myspace, all the other groups and unofficial, but highly valued, pages and profiles we are now able to get more people into the spell while keeping them up to date with all that is going on the Moonspell field.

"We might appear silent sometimes but it's just that we have our souls and attentions very focused in the two main things in this time period:

- Our Summer festival tour
- Our new album

"Some news and reflections about both: Summer festivals: so far, so good! We just came back from yet another fantastic reception at the great Graspop festival in Dessel, Belgium. It was the fifth time we were graced with an invitation to play and the Marquee 1 was the perfect stage and atmosphere to deliver what we called a 'vintage' set comprised only of Wolfheart and Irreligious song. For us and for the crowd was quite of a powerfully atmospheric communion and our hearts were filled when we came offstage. It was great to meet so many friends from other bandas (Cradle, Lacuna, Amorphis, Tryptikon), and sometimes it felt we were on a high school meeting, not able to give a step without bumping into a hug or someone to greet. More...

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Moonspell Posts "Nocturna" Making-Of Video

Moonspell has recently uploaded making-of clips for the "Scorpion Flower," "Finisterra," and "Everything Invaded" videos. The band has now also posted a behind-the-scenes video clip online for "Nocturna," which can be viewed below.

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Moonspell Posts More Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Moonspell has posted another behind-the-scenes clip online from the band's time recording a music video. This making-of clip, for "Everything Invaded," can be viewed below. The original video is also available after the jump.

The band has also previously posted behind-the-scenes clips online for "Scorpion Flower" and "Finisterra." More...

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Moonspell Posts "Scorpion Flower" Making-Of Clip

After recently posting behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Finisterra" music video, Moonspell has now posted another making-of clip online. You can check out footage from the making of "Scorpion Flower" in the player below.

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Moonspell Posts Behind-The-Scenes Footage

Moonspell has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the band's time recording the "Finisterra" video, which was taken off the "Memorial" album. You can check out the making-of clip in the player below.

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Metalhit.com Completes Free Download Series

Between October 2010 and February 2011, Metalhit.com launched a series of six free monthly music samplers showcasing various genres of extreme metal: Thrash, Death, Folk, Gothic, Doom and Black Metal.

The "Metalhit Free Download Series" was made available exclusively in the USA via Amazon.com and to eMusic subscribers worldwide. Metalhit now has the compilations posted online and available for free download worldwide.

Some select artists featured on the samplers include:

Abominable Putridity, Asphyx, Behexen, Diathra, Doom:VS, Evoken, Hirax, Inquisition, Lifelover, Manegarm, Moonspell, Nunslaughter, Obtest, Ophis, Pathology, Possessed, Sacred Reich, Sig:Ar:Tyr, Sinister, Skepticism, Skyforger, The Howling Void, Urgehal, and many more.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's largest metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, have announced that six more bands have been confirmed for this year's edition of the event. Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon will be performing, as will Gwar, Moonsorrow, Kylesa, Protest The Hero and the recently reunited Corrosion Of Conformity. The festival will be held in the town of Dessel from June 24th - 26th and now features the following lineup: More...

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Powerwolf To Play Metalcamp

Powerwolf has issued the following brief announcement about appearing at the upcoming Metalcamp festival:

"The Wolves will hold the sermon of steel at this year's Metalcamp on July 15th. Can't wait to sanctify this wonderful place with wolfish metal."

Other confirmed acts include Evile, Moonspell, The Ocean, Arch Enemy, Blind Guardian, Zonaria, Alestorm, Accept, and many more. Additional details on the festival are available at this location.

Powerwolf also recently announced additional festival appearances this year at Masters of Rock and Rock Harz Open Air.

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