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

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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.

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Moonspell Cancels Belarus Tour Dates

Portugal gothic metal band, Moonspell, has canceled their upcoming shows in Belarus. The band comments on the cancellation:

"We are extremely disappointed by the fact we had to cancel the shows. The reasons on both Neopolis and COF site is accurate but Moonspell might add that the bands' buses entered Belarus territory and were meeting for possible solutions for the day. On the event that the truck with ALL of our tour equipment was held due to a bureaucratic detail in the border made all our efforts worthless." More...

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Band Lineup Confirmed For Unholy Fest 2009

The Unholy Fest will take place between July 23 - 25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic at two different venues.

The currently confirmed line up and schedule is as follows:

7/23 at CAS Arena: Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Silva Nigra, Inferno, Alastor, Demonical, Horna, Grave

7/24 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Satyricon, Enslaved, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Hell United, Vesna, Blood Red Throne, Furia, Shining, Taake, Desulotry, Entombed, Asphyx, Infernal War, Enclave

7/25 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Impaled Nazarene, Nefarium, Rasta, Massemord, Koldbrann, Hate, The No-Mads, Urgehal, Desaster, Root, Primarl Fear, Moonspell, 1349, North, Holy Moses

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Satyricon And Warbringer Confirmed For FortaRock

The 2009 FortaRock festival is scheduled to take place on July 11th at Park Brakkestein in Nijmegen, Holland. The most recent bands confirmed for the line-up are Warbringer and Satyricon. The other announced bands are as follows:

All Shall Perish
Death Angel
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Heidevolk
Kataklsym
Keep of Kalessin
Meshuggah
Moonspell

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Kreator Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

The 2009 Bloodstock Open Air Festival will take place from August 14th - 16th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The Bloodstock Open Air website has been updated to state that thrash act Kreator will be added to the bill. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows: More...

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Moonspell Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Apocalyptica
Arch Enemy
Candlemass
Carcass
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Gwar
Katatonia
Million Dollar Reload
Moonspell
Municipal Waste
Sabaton
Satyricon
Saxon
Turisas
The Haunted
Wintersun

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Paganfest America Announces More Tour Dates

The travelling Paganfest America show featuring Korpiklaani, Eluveite, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard and Swashbuckle has announced some more shows on their trek across America. You can check out the updated your schedule below.

April
28 - The Opera House - Toronto, Ontario
29 - Medley - Montreal, Quebec
30 - Imperial - Quebec City, Quebec

May
1 - The Palladium - Worcester, Massachusetts
3 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia
4 - Irving Plaza - New York, New York
5 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, Ohio **
6 - The Mad Hatter - Convington, Kentucky **
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Chicago, Illinois
8 - The Lab - St. Paul, Minnesota
7 - Chicago Powerfest - Mokena, Illinois
8 - Station 4 - St. Paul, Minnesota
9 - venue tba - Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 - The Exchange - Regina, Saskatchewan
11 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
12 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta
13 - venue tba - Vancouver, British Columbia
14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, Washington
15 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, Oregon
16 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, California
17 - House Of Blues - Hollywood, California
18 - California (details tbc) **

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Turisas To Support Cradle Of Filth In Europe

Finnish folk metal act Turisas are currently wrapping their supporting tour of British power metallers Dragonforce but already they have their next tour confirmed. The band will be supporting British black metal act Cradle Of Filth who will also be joined by Moonspell.

The tour dates are as follows:

April
16 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
17 - Prague, Czech Republic - Follimanka
18 - Krakow, Poland - Studio
19 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
20 - Minsk, Belarus - Sportshall
22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - PKO
23 - Bucharest, Romania - Cluj Napaca
24 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
25 - Zagreb, Croatia - Boogaloo
26 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Media Park
28 - Rome, Italy - Tearto Tenda Strisce
29 - Milano, Italy - Musicodrome

Mary
1 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Docks
2 - Clemont Ferrand, France - Cooprérative de Mai
3 - Toulouse, France - Havana Café
4 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Penélope
5 - Barcelona, Spain - Apollo
7 - Caen, France - Cargo
8 - Nancy, France - TBA
9 - Antwerpen, Belgium - Hof ter Lo
10 - Rijssen, Netherlands - Lucky & Co

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CoF, Moonspell, Turisas Announce Euro Tour Dates

Cradle of Filth, Moonspell, and Turisas have announced an upcoming European tour spaning part of April and May. The latest tour dates are as follows:

Friday 17-04 Czech rep Follimanka Praha
Saturday 18-04 Poland Studio Krakow
Sunday 19-04 Poland Stodola Warsaw
Monday 20-04 Belarus sporthall Minsk
Tuesday 21-04 Offday
Wednesday22-04 Slovakia PKO Bratislava
Thursday 23-04 Roemania Cluj Napaca
Friday 24-04 Serbia SKC Beograd
Saturday 25-04 Croatia Boogaloo Zagreb
Sunday 26-04 Slovenia Media park Ljubljana
Monday 27-04 Off
Tuesday 28-04 Italy Tearto Tenda Strisce Rome
Wednesday29-04 Italy Musicodrome Milano
Thursday 30-04 Off
Friday 01-05 Suisse Docks Laussane
Saturday 02-05 France Cooprérative de Mai Clemont Ferrand
Sunday 03-05 France Havana Café Toulouse
Monday 04-05 Spain Heineken Madrid
Tuesday 05-05 Spain Apollo Barcelona
Wednesday06-05 Off
Thursday 07-05 France Cargo Caen
Friday 08-05 France
Saturday 09-05 Belgium Hof ter Loo Antwerpen
Sunday 10-05 Holland Luckey and Co Rijssen

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Moonspell To Play March On Stage Concert

Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell has announced that they will be playing the March On Stage concert at the Hard Rock Cafe is Lisbon on March 18th. The promotional poster for the show can be viewed here.

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Asrai Issues Post-Tour Report

Freshly back from the Darkest Tour with CRADLE OF FILTH, GORGOROTH, MOONSPELL and SEPTICFLESH, Dutch goth metallers ASRAI wrote the following report of this European tour that took place in December, ending in an unexpected way:

"We were looking forward to this tour for a long time. Finally the Darkest Tour kicked off on Monday December 1st. Early in the morning together with our tour manager and driver we headed in our van to London, where we would meet everybody and go on the tour bus. Everything went well from Calais to Dover, until we got stuck in traffic. And soon we heard that we were not the only ones... Time was not our friend, so when we heard that there was a possibility that one of the bands couldn't play we drove like maniacs through the streets of London. We arrived with adrenaline rushing though our veins, although it didn't help us much... We heard that one band couldn't play... And in this case it was us... Well at least we had all the time to watch all the shows and enjoyed being there.

"So when after the shows finally 52 people and all the stuff found their way in four tour busses, one truck and a trailer we were ready to go to Paris... Peter brought back our van, ready to meet us at 013. After a bumpy ride we woke up in Paris, with one eye open we saw the Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre and it was time to get up... First we drove straight up to a parking space near the Seine, so there was enough room at the Bataclan to unload the truck. After a glance at the Seine we went back to the bus, up to the Bataclan, where a queue was waiting. The venue was beautiful and the breakfast was nice and more than welcome, giving everybody the time to know one another. Hard work to set everything up on time but it was all worth it. The audience was great and it was nice to finally meet the people from SOM. More...

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Moonspell Posts "Lusitanian Metal" DVD Trailer

The highly anticipated MOONSPELL DVD "Lusitanian Metal" is about to hit stores all across Europe and you can now check out a trailer for this release below.

The first DVD features one complete live show recorded live in Katowice in 2004, all video clips (from "Opium" to "Everything Invaded"), an in-depth interview with all current band members and a detailed discography. The second DVD offers an excellent historical overview of the Portuguese metal institution during its stay on Century Media Records with no less than 50 live tracks, starting with some very old school live rehearsal recordings back in 1992 and ending with fantastic live footage from the "Spreading The Eclipse Tour."

"Lusitanian Metal" will be released as luxurious limited edition kingsize mediabook with both DVDs as well as a CD with the complete Katowice show as well as a standard double DVD in a super jewel case. The CD included in the limited edition will also be available separately. "Lusitanian Metal" will be released on the following dates:

ITALY: Friday, December 5, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, December 9, 2008.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX: Friday, December 12, 2008.
UK / FRANCE / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, December 15, 2008. More...

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Cradle Of Filth Confirm Support Acts For Euro Tour

Cradle Of Filth has announced that they will be joined by Gorgoroth, Moonspell, Septicflesh and Asrai on their upcoming European tour dates.

The tour dates are as follows:

December
1 - Forum - London, UK
2 - Bataclan - Paris, France
3 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
4 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
6 - Z7 - Pratteln, Swizerland
7 - Palanord - Bologna, Italy
8 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
9 - Petofi Hall - Budapest, Hungary
11 - Reithalle - Dresden, Germany
12 - CCN Weimarhalle - Weimar, Germany
13 - Hof Ter Loo - Antwerpen, Belgium
14 - Huxleys - Berlin, Germany
16 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
17 - Live Music Hall - Cologne, Germany
18 - Hugenottenhalle - Neu Isenburg, Germany
19 - Backstage - München, Germany
20 - Hyde Park - Osnabruck, Germany

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Moonspell Issues New Road Report

Gothic Portuguese metal band Moonspell has issued the following tour update on their MySpace page:

Kicking back, hanging out, cooling. All these words, which I don't use or practice enough back in Europe, start making sense in the back lounge of the bus, a light smile calling up to the face, a warm breeze from the open window (yes, it's open and the AC is off!!! We don't care, we're from Europe, into the wild), outside the backdoor parking of Scout Club in S.Antonio, Texas. It's a showday today, party was mildly wild last night though it feels we have rocked through it pace'till death. First it was the Foundation Room, the huge American shots, like alcohol artillery making tabula rasa of your insides, then the Danzig bus, then our bus to finally stumble around the oppressive lights of a jumbo Walmart and wake up the next day with pumpkin pie crumbles all over the couch and a hard pressed ultra mega chips ahoy! pack under the pillow.

It's a past night that embodies well the spirit of this tour, that subtracted its little amount of back and forth (what would be a tour without it?), sees everyone hanging out together, delivering the goods on stage and basically at peace with a campaign which is fulfilling its ultimate goal: to pass on this good atmosphere to the crowds which we see pleasingly reacting and giving it all since SkeletonWitch, the first and great band, enters stage with its rabid thrash metal and their American beers; up to the Dirty Black Summer just paints it all black and strong. I see people leaving exhausted but enthusiastic about everyone's shows, I see merchandisers working in every booth, I see that, because, many times I am there, in the crowd, banging heads, drinking beers that people buy me and thank me for drinking (!). Now I remember: last night party begun just left to the pit, and when Danzig was over there was like 4 empty cups, one inside the other, in my left hand. Yes I do the horn sign, right red handed. More...

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Century Media Celebrates 20th Anniversary

2008 has become an extremely exciting year in the history of Century Media Records, one of the world's most respected independent homes for heavy music, as the label is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The company's Anniversary year started off with an extremely successful, first-ever yard sale/party at the Century Media office in Dortmund (Germany) in June, where several hundred guests partied out on exclusive live shows by Angel Dust and Turisas. A video with impressions from the event can be seen at this location. A photo gallery for this event can be viewed here.

To further celebrate this anniversary Century Media Records will release the very special 2CD compilation "Covering 20 Years Of Extremes" on September 15th in Europe and on October 14th in North America. The various artists covers-release includes 32 mostly exclusive recordings and will be available in stores for the price of one CD. Sticking to the "keep it in the family" slogan, CM approached their artists about covering songs from other acts within the label's repertoire and the response from the musicians was overwhelming.

Some choices were obvious and homages to the bands that influenced them, others were inspired picks. This combination ended up leading to a heavily entertaining and truly special final result across all sub-genres of heavy music.

Here is the tracklisting: More...

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Dimmu Borgir Announces Mexican Tour Dates

Norwegian symphonic black metallers, DIMMU BORGIR, have scheduled two Mexican concerts in early October to take place before the launch of their co-headlining North American run as part of this year's Blackest of The Black tour (featuring DANZIG, MOONSPELL, WINDS OF PLAGUE, and SKELETONWITCH):

10/04 - Cafe Iguana - Monterrey, MEX
10/05 - Circo Volador - Mexico City, MEX

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New Moonspell Music Video Posted Online

Portuguese dark metal band Moonspell has completed a new music video for the title track of their album "Night Eternal." The video can be viewed below. More...

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Skeltonwitch Comments On Tour Plans

Athens, Ohio’s SKELETONWITCH are proud to be announced as part of this year’s Blackest of the Black Tour alongside Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell and Winds of Plague. SKELETONWITCH guitarist Scott Hedrick comments: "Cheers and beers, heshers!!! Here's a quick SKELETONWITCH update; proof that we've been doing SOMETHING since returning from Europe (besides gorging on Taco Bell). As you may have read, we're privileged to be a part of this year's Blackest of the Black Tour. We are beyond stoked to be a part of this killer lineup. About six years ago, I can recall [SKELETONWITCH guitarist] Nate one Halloween half shit-canned, with half a 30-pack, and a Marshall half-stack, standing on his roof playing Danzig riffs. Back then we certainly never thought we'd have an opportunity like this!! A huge thanks goes out to Danzig for inviting us to be a part of this tour. Please come out early and check out our set.

"Also, in early August we're hitting the road with Valient Thorr and Early Man, as well as playing several solo dates. Check out our MySpace page for dates, new live footage and video interviews. Hope those dudes are ready to party, and we hope to see you out on the road. As always, thanks to everyone who has supported THE WITCH!”

SKELETONWITCH continues to support the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, "Beyond The Permafrost," which saw an October 2007 release and features artwork from Baroness’ John Baizley and production courtesy of Corey Smoot (Municipal Waste, GWAR). The record is the follow-up to the band’s self-released EP, "Worship The Witch." Recently returning from a European tour alongside Hate Eternal, Cephalic Carnage, and Deaborn in May and June, having already toured Stateside this year with the likes of Hate Eternal, Soilent Green, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Job For A Cowboy, The Red Chord, and more, in addition to a busy 2007 on the road.

Here are the latest SKELETONWITCH tour dates: More...

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Blackest Of The Black 2008 Tour Dates Revealed

Initial tour dates have now been announced for Danzig's "Blackest Of The Black" tour. As previously reported the "Blackest of the Black" tour will feature Danzig, Dimmu Borgir, Skeletonwitch, Winds Of Plague and Moonspell. The initial tour dates are as follows:

OCT 9 Thur. FT. LAUDERDALE, FL. REVOLUTION
OCT 10 Fri. ORLANDO, FL. HARD ROCK LIVE
OCT 11 Sat. ATLANTA, GA. TABERNACLE
OCT 13 Mon. RICHMOND, VA. TOADS PLACE
OCT 14 Tues. PHILADELPHIA, PA. ELECTRIC FACTORY
OCT 15 Wed. NYC, N.Y. ROSELAND
OCT 17 Fri. WORCESTER, MA. PALLADIUM
OCT 18 Sat. MONTREAL, QC METROPOLIS
OCT 19 Sun. TORONTO, ONT. SOUND ACADEMY
OCT 21 Tues. MILWAUKEE, WI. THE RAVE
OCT 22 Wed. MINNEAPLOIS, MN. MYTH
OCT 24 Fri. DETROIT, MI. FILLMORE THEATRE
OCT 25 Sat. CHICAGO, ILL. CONGRESS THEATRE
OCT 26 Sun. ST. LOUIS, MO. PAGEANT
OCT 28 Tues. HOUSTON, TX. HOUSE OF BLUES
OCT 30 Thur. DALLAS, TX. PALLADIUM
OCT 31 Fri. KANSAS CITY, KS. UPTOWN
NOV 1 Sat. DENVER, CO. FILLMORE THEATRE
NOV 3 Mon. LAS VEGAS, NV. THE JOINT
NOV 4 Tues. TBA
NOV 5 Wed. LOS ANGELES, CALIF. GIBSON AMPHITHEATER
NOV 7 Fri. PORTLAND, OR. ROSELAND
NOV 8 Sat. SEATTLE, WA. SHOWBOX at MARKET
NOV 10 Mon. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. THE WARFIELD

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Danzig Comments On "Blackest Of The Black" Tour

As previously reported, Danzig will team up with Dimmu Borgir, Skeletonwitch, Winds Of Plague and Moonspell for the "Blackest of the Black" tour.

Glenn Danzig comments: "It will be nice to get back to many of these cities that I have not been to in some time and do the Live Show for all the People who've followed my music all these years. I'm also very happy to have DIMMU BORGIR sharing the stage this time, as they are one of my favorite bands and always wanted them on Blackest Of The Black. Should be an INCREDIBLE 20th anniversary tour."

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Danzig Announces Tour With Dimmu Borgir

Danzig will embark on their "Blackest of the Black" tour this summer and joining them will be Dimmu Borgir, Moonspell, Skeletonwitch and Winds Of Plague. The tour is set to go all over the United States and will venture into Canada aswell. Stay tuned for tour dates and more information.

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