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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 Answers Fan Questions

Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell will be releasing the new album "Alpha Noir" on April 27th, 2012 through Napalm Records. The band has now issued the following statement about answering fan questions about the album:

"Dear all. Thanks for your questions. Here are our answers. Hope you enjoy them. We’re sorry about the delay. Busy times. Before we get to them, there were many questions asked about our live dates. They are very appreciated as we can’t wait to visit your countries and give you a taste of what we mean by Alpha and Omega while recreating our more vintage sets which the crowds have been responding so well.

"So far it’s the album coming with all its great and delicate foreplay. As for live dates besides the release show in Lisbon, Wacken and Brutal Assault, and the RTN Metalfests; our agents are working their hardest to book more around Europe and we will have those news for you soon enough. We have in the meanwhile confirmed new dates like Getaway Rock in Sweden, Dokken’ Open Air in Holland and MetalItalia in...Italia ;) near Milano. We will also confirmed the club shows in Greece and look forward for a quick confirmation of headliner shows in Turkey and Bulgária, around those dates. A European tour confirmation will be announced next Friday the 13th of April.

"As for South America, we are surprised about how many people from Brazil are writing us and for sure we will follow the deal and hope to do a more extensive tour in the country, rather than just one off date. Mexico and Colombia are in the plans but I guess Latin and North America will have to wait for after the Summer to see Moonspell live. But it will be worthy it. On top of that, Napalm Records is dealing with licensing deals over there and we will make our best to have our new album available in all territories. In the meanwhile, open some red and sit back, enjoying this album’s first fan interview."

Danial Honarbakhsh To Ricardo: What is the story of everything invaded solo? Did you write it or just hit record button and play? I ask because it's the most amazing piece of music that I heard.

Ricardo: Thank you for the warm comments on that solo. It means a lot to me. Well, for me a solo is like a small song inside the main song. Usually, it means that I get around 40 seconds of music where I must fit the right "small song". Sometimes I get lucky and it takes me 10 minutes to find the right sequence of notes that I'll use to play a solo that fits the music and empowers it's meaning. But it also can be very frustrating sometimes... For instance, it took me around 3 months to find the solo for scorpion flower! It's not about the amount of notes you can play but the way you display them, and sometimes the right display simply doesn't appear as fast as I wish it would. But for the song "everything invaded" I guess I was lucky. There's no big story around it, it was just the right inspiration at the right time. Just like a perfect alignment of planets.

Moonspell Street Team Romania Got three questions: one for Ricardo Amorim - What kind of amplifiers do you use? More...

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First Bands Announced for Barge To Hell Cruise

The first 16 bands for Barge To Hell 2012, the new all-extreme metal cruise from the organizers of 70,000 Tons of Metal, have been announced.

The lineup so far is:
SODOM More...

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Moonspell Posts Music Video Preview Clip

Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell has posted a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the new track "Lickanthrope." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Alpha Noir," which is due out on April 27, 2012 through Napalm Records. The full music video is expected soon. More information about the video can be found at this location.

Check out the preview clip here:

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Napalm To Release Free Sampler At PaganFest

Three Napalm Records recording artists - Alestorm, Arkona, and Huntress - will be joining headliners Turisas as direct support for this year's installment of the PaganFest America tour. To celebrate this monumental tour, Napalm Records is giving away a free label sampler on a first-come/first-served basis to all PaganFest America Part III ticket-buyers. Entitled "With Us Or Against Us - Operation Bald Eagle," this Napalm label sampler includes the following track list:

1) HUNTRESS - Spell Eater
2) MOONSPELL - Lickanthrope
3) MOONSPELL - White Skies
4) CANDLEMASS - Dancing in the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee
5) KONTRUST - Sock 'n' Doll
6) NACHTBLUT - Eiskönigin
7) ATOMA - Rainmen
8) LONEWOLF - Army of the Damned
9) THE GRAVIATORS - Häxagram
10) XANDRIA - Valentine
11) HEIDEVOLK - Een Nieuw Begin
12 DIABULUS IN MUSICA - Sceneries of Hope
13) HELLSAW - Silence
14) IRON FIRE - Taken
15) NEMESEA - Afterlife
16) SVÖLK - 52
17) ARKONA - Slovo
18) THULCANDRA - Black Flags of Hate More...

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Moonspell Working On New Video

Moonspell has issued the following announcement about releasing a new music video off the band's upcoming "Alpha Noir" album:

"Lickanthrope will be the first video clip to come out of the Alpha Noir album. It will be directed by Filipe Melo, who worked with the band on the I will see you in my dreams videoclip, recorded ten years ago. The shooting will be made in Nandufe, Tondela, in the central region of Portugal."

Director Filipe Melo offered the following synopsis:

"Little red riding hood enters a bar, in an abandoned house amidst the woods. In this bar, the regulars are not your average kind of people - it's a place of vice, where a pack of wolves and other unearthly creatures find solace. Moonspell are just another part of the varied local entertainment. However when things go wild we will see that the band isn't just what meets the eye.

"In a cross between the pagan Portuguese folklore and a tribute to the classic Hammer movies this videoclip will bring out not only the ferocious intensity of this song but will have its place in Portuguese Film history as the first werewolf transformation ever made in Portugal. More...

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Moonspell Reveals New Album Artwork

Moonspell has posted the cover artwork online for the new album "Alpha Noir," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:

"An intricate, marvelous and symbolic creation by Seth Siro Anton, the Greek artist who collaborated with the band on Night Eternal. This may be his finest and darkest piece to the date, invoking all the atmosphere that Moonspell dual album, Alpha Noir/Omega White, will unleashed on April 27th via Napalm Records. Leave your comment or shout your support to the band on our Facebook and Myspace pages."

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Moonspell To Play Metalfest Shows

Portugal's Moonspell has joined the line-up of this year's Metalfest shows. The dates and locations can be viewed below.

Moonspell also recently announced the new album "Alpha Noir" will be released on April 27th, 2012. Check out the band's full statement about the album and it's companion "Omega White" at this location.

31.05.-02.06.2012 Mining, Metalfest Österreich
31.05.-02.06.2012 Dessau, Metalfest Deutschland/Ost
01.06.-03.06.2012 Jaworzno, Metalfest Polen
02.06.-05.06.2012 Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
07.06.-09.06.2012 Loreley, Metalfest Deutschland/West
07.06.-10.06.2012 Pratteln, Metalfest Schweiz

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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:

Cattle Decapitation
Dimmu Borgir
General Surgery
Heaven Shall Burn
Paradise Lost
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder

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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:


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 Saarbrücken, 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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