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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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Cavalera Conspiracy Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organizers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival have announced that Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founders Igor and Max Cavalera, have been confirmed for the event. Also added to the bill is Russian folk metal band Arkona. Neither band's performance date has been confirmed as of yet however. The festival takes place in the town of Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliner)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Revoker More...

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Arch Enemy Confirms Festival Appearance

Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, set to take place between July 11th and 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The confirmed line-up includes:


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Triptykon Confirmed For Graspop 2011

Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Rob Zombie And More Added To Graspop 2011

The organisers of the Graspop Metal Meeting, the largest heavy metl festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Rob Zombie, Whitesnake, Journey, Foreigner, Suicide Silence, Firewind, Ghost, All That Remains, Escape The Fate and FM.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Sepultura And More Confirmed For Graspop 2011

The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest heavy metal festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Sepultura, Iced Earth, Terror, Arch Enemy and Soilwork. The festival will take place in Dessel from June 24th-26th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Scorpions (Headliner)
Iced Earth
Parkway Drive
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
Angel Witch
The Black Dahlia Murder
Revoker More...

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MetalHit Posts Free Gothic Metal Compilation

Metalhit.com has released a Gothic metal compilation as the latest free download in their free compilation series. The compilation is available for free with the purchase of any $4.99 album at the Metalhit store or it can be downloaded free at Amazon.com or eMusic.com.

Here's the tracklisting for the compilation:

1. Diathra "Autumn" (6:32)
2. En Declin "Over" (4:29)
3. Even Song "The Nameless Eidolon" (6:36)
4. Even Vast "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (3:19)
5. Galadriel "Renascence of Ancient Spirit" (4:53)
6. Noctis "Advocatus Diaboli In Silentio" (4:14)
7. Mirzadeh "Louhi's Legacy" (4:19)
8. Moonspell "Tenebrarum Oratorium" (6:02)
9. Nightsky Bequest "Your Sun" (5:46)
10. Nox Aurea "Lost Amongst the Earth and Sky" (5:55)
11. SaraLee "Forsaken" (3:59)
12. The Sun of Weakness "Just One Word" (5:34)

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Mayhem To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

Mayhem has been confirmed tol perform at this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 17th, 2010. Other bands on the bill are Moonspell, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture, Finntroll, Pestilence, Exodus, and many more.

The Eindhoven Metal Metting will take place on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. More information on the festival can be found through this location.

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Top Ten Halloween Metal Songs

Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.

10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"

Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.


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Moonspell Announces Acoustic Shows

Portuguese gothic metal act Moonspell has announced the acoustic "Shadow" tour, which starts of on October 30th to celebrate Halloween. The band issued the following announcement about the shows:

"Moonspell begins the acoustic tour 'Shadow' on 30 and 31 October at Cinema São Jorge (Lisbon).The band will feature acoustic versions and semi-acoustic flagship of its themes. This show is also aimed at an audience open to new sounds and approaches. Keeping the old tradition, and the pair of acoustic concerts, Moonspell are pleased to invite all families to spend a weekend Halloween together.

"The band will present a set of thematic activities on this holiday. The smaller ones are not forgotten with a stand of face paintings at your disposal (on which they can paint with vampires, Frankenstein, Alice in Wonderland, fantastic animals, fairies) as well as a workshop to learn how to make the traditional pumpkins. Lobo The group will join the event, with educational efforts. More...

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Ensiferum Announces Mexican Show With Moonspell

Ensiferum has issued the following brief update about an upcoming live show in Mexico alongside Finntroll and Moonspell:

"Mexican show confirmed with Finntroll and Moonspell! For a long time, many fans have requested that Ensiferum play a show in Mexico. We are delighted to announce that Ensiferum will play in Mexico city for the very first time with Finntroll and Moonspell.

"The details of the show are as follows: 22.01.2011. Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico. We hope to see all of our Mexican fans up close and personal."

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Moonspell To Have Their Own Stamp

Portuguese metallers Moonspell have issued the following update about having their very own stamp issued for their "Wolfheart" album:

"The Portuguese Postal Service (CTT, Correios de Portugal) will issue a collection of stamps that represent the most significant rock moments and records from Portugal. Wolfheart was chosen and it will have an official stamp of itself, reproduced below. This is an official stamp and it will be sold in every post office in the Portuguese territory from the 19th July on and it costs 1€ and it can be used as national and international postage. Being that the whole of our career kick started as penfriends and tape traders we could not think of a more perfect and suitable distinction. In three days we share the stage with Faith No More and Alice in Chains in Optimus Alive Lisbon.

"In the meanwhile the band is working on their new album, the most exciting, sexier, darker, heavie and catchier stuff we wrote in ages! The album is due to be released in 2011. You can catch the band live in Summer Festivals and on the 70000 of metal cruise in January 2011."

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Dark Tranquillity
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Maniac Depression More...

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Sorrowful Angels Comments On Canceled Show

Greek act Sorrowful Angels has issued the following brief statement about the previously scheduled "Darkest Summer Nights" show with Moonspell being canceled: "Dear friends, unfortunately the gig at the Chalkida Castle along with Moonspell, Suicidal Angels, W.E.B., and Decent is canceled." You can still check out sample Sorrowful Angels tracks at this location. Sorrowful Angels also still has the following upcoming live show:

7/31 2010 MetaLmorphosiS Festival 2010 Nicosia, CYPRUS

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Exodus Confirmed for 70000 Tons of Metal

Thrash Metal band Exodus, among several other bands, have just been added to one of the most epic cruises of all time: the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (Jan 24-28th of 2011). So far, eighteen bands out of the forty have been confirmed on the official site. The bands that have been confirmed are as followed:

Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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Moonspell Updates Tour Schedule

Portuguese Gothic metallers Moonpsell have updated their tour schedule with the following string of upcoming European and U.S. dates:

6/19 2010 Dark Summer Night Halkida, GR
7/8 2010 Optimus Alive! 2010 Algés, PT
7/9 2010 Aguitagueda 2010 Águeda, PT
7/24 2010 Festas Lordelo Lordelo-Paredes, PT
7/30 2010 Rock às Sextas VN Gaia, PT
8/7 2010 Alcatraz Metalfest Brielpoort, Deinze, BE
12/31 2010 70.000 Tons Of Metal: January 24-28, 2011 Miami, Florida, US

You can also check out Moonspell tracks via the band's MySpace page.

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Moonspell Posts More Workshop Footage

Portuguese Gothic metal act Moonpsell has posted more footage online of drummer Mike Gaspar and guitarist Ricardo Amorim performing at a music workshop. A clip of the members playing the song "At Tragic Heights" off their "Night Eternal" album can be viewed below.

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Moonspell Posts Drum Clinic Footage

Drummer Mike Gaspar of Portuguese Gothic metal act Moonspell has posted two video clips online from a recent drum clinic. The first can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.


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Secrets Of The Moon Announces Tour Dates

German black metal band SECRETS OF THE MOON have started their North American tour with Moonspell.

Check out fan-filmed footage of the band performing "Queen Among Rats" at this year's Summer Breeze Open Air Fest here More...

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Divine Heresy Comments On Tour With Moonspell

As was previously announced, Samael have dropped off the upcoming North American tour with Moonspell and have been replaced by Divine Heresy. Also appearing on the bill are Book of Black Earth and Secrets of the Moon.

Commented Divine Heresy guitarist Dino Cazares: "We have been waiting patiently for the perfect touring opportunity to present itself and we couldn't possibly be more pleased to be direct support to the mighty MOONSPELL this fall. This North American tour is exactly what we were looking for as we wanted a chance to perform in front of a lot of new faces that might not have been exposed to our band. This tour marks the kick-off of a massive worldwide touring campaign to support the new 'Bringer of Plagues' album. DIVINE HERESY is better than ever and we are embarking on this tour with only one, simple goal in mind: to annihilate everything in our path. Expect an unrelenting set and if your jaw isn't on the floor when we finish, then we haven't done our job, but that won't be the case. Be sure to come by the merch booth each night to say hello to us all and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. It's certainly been way too long."

The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Samael Drops Off Moonspell Tour

Switzerland’s Samael will no longer be appearing alongside Moonspell on their North American tour this October/November. Taking their place will be Divine Heresy.

Samael has issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately SAMAEL will not be able come to North America this fall along with MOONSPELL. We’ve checked into every possibility with our booking agent and partners at Nuclear Blast but the financial costs are too deep into the red to make things work. We’d like to apologize to all our fans who were looking forward to seeing SAMAEL live but rest assured that we are looking into coming over again in early 2010. We also want to express our deepest regret to our friends in MOONSPELL.”

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