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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 New Live Videos Posted Online

Four video clips of MOONSPELL performing at the Largo do Centenario in Valongo (near Porto), Portugal on August 11, 2006 have been posted online at AgeOfDawn.com. The four songs featured on the page are as follows: "Alma Mater", "Full Moon Madness", "Nocturna" and "At the Image of Pain". Several photos taken at the same concert can be found at this location.

MOONSPELL's latest album, "Memorial", was released in April via SPV Records. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.). A DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", is expected to surface via Century Media in late 2006 or early 2007.

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Agalloch Added To Portland Date On Moonspell Tour

Portland's AGALLOCH have been confirmed as openers for the Portland, OR date of the MOONSPELL/KATATONIA/DAYLIGHT DIES tour on November 3 at Rock N' Roll Pizza.

AGALLOCH's much-anticipated new album, "Ashes against the Grain", is due out August 8 on The End Records. The band recently filmed a video for the song "Not Unlike The Waves" with director Nicole Phillips and cinematographers Richard Stark and Juan Mosqueda. It is currently in the editing process. Over nine hours of footage was shot in three days and the results are quite stunning thus far. To film aficionados, the style of the video will call to mind the work of Ingmar Bergman, Mario Bava, and the German Expressionist movement.

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More Katatonia, Daylight Dies Tour Dates Revealed

The first confirmed dates on the anticipated fall tour featuring Katatonia and Daylight Dies with headliner Moonspell are announced. Set to kick off in Poughkeepsie, New York more dates for the tour are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

For Katatonia, currently promoting their latest album, "The Great Cold Distance," this will be the band's first full tour of the United States. The band's only previous stateside performances include their debut at the now defunct Milwaukee Metal Fest and 2004's Brave Words Bloody Knuckles 6-Pack Weekend. "The Great Cold Distance," released April 4, is the band's fastest selling record in their 10-plus year history. The album hit national sales charts in four international territories on release and the album's first video for album track "My Twin" directed by Charlie Granberg, is currently featured at numerous on-demand as well regional video outlets.

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First Moonspell, Katatonia Tour Dates Revealed

MOONSPELL will be doing a North American headlining tour this October with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES beginning around October 12. The first couple of tour dates have just been announced:

Oct. 22 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
Oct. 25 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House

More cities and dates will be announced soon.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.

MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.

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Moonspell To Tour w/ Katatonia and Daylight Dies

Portugal's MOONSPELL will be teaming up with KATATONIA and DAYLIGHT DIES for a North American tour beginning around October 12. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", recently entered the Portuguese album chart at position No. 1. "Memorial" also entered the charts at Nr. 68 in Germany and Nr. 181 in France. The album was produced by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL) at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany.

MOONSPELL are expected to release a DVD, entitled "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", via Century Media later in the year.

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Moonspell Readies "Memorial" For Release

Since their legendary debut Wolfheart (1995), MOONSPELL have been on an ominous, winding path of musical exploration. 'Memorial' shows the band can still be atmospheric and melodic while also being extremely heavy. A video for the single, 'Finisterra' was recently shot and a clip for the 'Making Of Finisterra' has been posted online here.

Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro talks about the meaning behind 'Finisterra': "It translates from Latin as the end of the Earth. In the Middle Ages, Portugal stood on that position as it was, geographically, the end of Europe, and, by all means, the end of the known world. From Portugal on, across the Atlantic, there was darkness, mystery, fear and curiosity (Sapere Aude-Dare to know). I think this position still, to the day, haunts us and when mixed with personal stories and feelings, created a song that simply represents someone at the end of the world looking further down, not knowing if he wants to go or to stay or to come back."

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Moonspell Post Sample Of First Single Online

Moonspell have made a sample of the first single, "Finisterra," from their upcoming album available online. Hear it at moonspell.com.

Moonspell's newe album, "Memorial," will be released on April 24th in Europe and on April 25th in the USA in two editions: one in a luxury digipack with a bonus unreleased song, the other on jewel-case.

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Moonspell Reveal "Memorial" Cover & Tracklisting

Moonspell have posted a sample of the "Memorial" cover online. Check it out at this location. Moonspell are now finising the artwork for the booklet and for both editions of the DVD. The cover was chosen among countless projects because it symbolizes the deep nature of the band (South, blood, lunar side) and it is a strong and simple image just like the music contained on the record. The band went for red as the main colour because of the strong blood element present on the album.

"Memorial" will be released on April 24th in Europe and on April 25th in the USA. There will be two editions: one in a luxury digipack with a bonus unreleased song, the other on jewel-case.

"Memorial" final tracklisting:

In Memoriam
Finisterra
Memento Mori
Sons of Earth
Blood Tells
Upon the Blood of Men
At the Image of Pain
Sanguine
Proliferation
Once It Was Ours!
Mare Nostrum
Luna
Best Forgotten

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Century Media U.S. Office Celebrates 15 Years

Century Media has issued the following press release pertaining to their 15th anniversary of their US offices and planned reissues:

Century Media Records' U.S. office, relentlessly championing barrier-shattering music, celebrates its 15-year Anniversary in 2006. Quickly establishing itself as an incendiary musical force, Century Media brought its vision to North America in 1991 delivering its unique European style metal largely ignored by mainstream and underground labels. Tirelessly supporting a disappearing music scene, the label at once became a bastion for the artists creating extreme music and a haven for fans who found themselves disassociated , and thus Century Media generated a resurgence of the musical style.

To celebrate the anniversary, Century Media documents the past while pioneering the future. Commissioning a unique logo for its official releases and communications (as above) the label signifies the anniversary's importance. In the coming months Century Media plans new studio efforts from label heavyweights such as Lacuna Coil and Shadows Fall, and also to reissue early albums from artists who have helped shape their current distinctive image like: Nevermore, Strapping Young Lad, The Gathering, Iced Earth, Moonspell and Stuck Mojo. These reissued CDs will contain reworked artwork, new liner notes with artist comments, and bonus tracks. Passionately expressing songs with images, Century Media artists have been creating videos from the label's onset and two different DVD sets will be forthcoming chronicling these efforts. First off is Century Overload, 2-discs exploding with Century Media's more recent talent delivering musically as well as visually. The discs include over 60 different recently released videos from our current roster including God Forbid, Napalm Death, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil and more. Due to incessant demand Century Media has compiled their three out-of-print VHS collections, highlighting the company's first dozen years, and combined them into their second DVD set the 2-DVD release entitled The Visual Experience. Finally, Century Media artists themselves have also contributed special recordings for a CD whose nature will be announced at a later date.

The flagship label of The Century Family, Century Media Records was founded in 1988. Its American branch opened three years later. With nine offices around the globe, the label employs more than 150 people worldwide. Featuring a rich catalog, the label's leading artists today include Shadows Fall, Lacuna Coil, God Forbid, Arch Enemy and Nevermore.

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Moonspell Announce Tour Dates

Portugal's Moonspell have announced the following tour dates:

Mar. 02 Budapest, HUN - Petofi Hall - Metalmania (w/ Therion, Anathema, Nevermore, Soilwork and more)
Mar. 04 Katowice, POL - Spodek 4 - Metalmania (w/ Therion, Anathema, Nevermore, Soilwork and more)
Mar. 10 St. Petersburg, RUS - Port Club
Mar. 11 Moscow, RUS - Tochka Club
Jun. 03 Casablanca, MOR - COC Stadium
Jun. 23 Dessel, BEL - Graspop Metal Meeting
Aug. 17-19 Abtsgmünd, GER - Summer Breeze Festival (w/ Finntroll, Kreator, Unleashed and more)

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Testament Confirmed For MetalMania 2006 Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ACID DRINKERS
ANATHEMA
CALIBAN
CARPATHIAN FOREST
HIERONYMUS BOSH
HUNTER
MOONSPELL
NEVERMORE
PAINMUSEUM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
U.D.O.
UNLEASHED

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Moonspell Sign With SPV/Steamhammer Records

Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have inked a three-album deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records following their split with Century Media. The band are currently recording their new album, entitled "Memorial", at the Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (TIAMAT, SAMAEL, SENTENCED), who had worked with the group on their first three records ("Wolfheart", "Irreligious", "Sin/Pecado"). The recording sessions will last from November 1 to November 27.

"Memorial" will contain around 8 to 10 new songs, including "Once It Was Ours!", "Blood Tells", "Sanguine", "Finisterra", "Upon the Blood of Men" and "At the Image of Pain". The material is being described by the group as "the best music we ever wrote together" and "an homage to the Nineties scene and bands," of which they became a strong symbol of. A tentative spring 2006 release is expected.

With regards to MOONSPELL's long-awaited first DVD, "Lunar Still/13 Years of Doom", most of the contents are ready to go into production but the release was delayed due to legal issues which are taking a long time to be ironed out. Century Media will release the DVD sometime next year. In addition, new live dates are being booked for the next festival season, as are one-off shows in Russia and Morocco.

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Guitarist / Producer Seeking Female Singer

Acclaimed guitarist/producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, GRIP INC., TIAMAT, MOONSPELL) is seeking a female singer for a professional project in the "gothic rock/metal" vein. A record deal is said to be in the works for the as-yet-unnamed band, which will perform and record music composed by Sorychta.

For more information, write to frontdesk@marblestone.de (Serious inquiries only, please!)

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Moonspell Working On New Album

Fernando Ribeiro, vocalist for Portugal's Moonspell, has posted the following message on Moonspell's official website:

I reckon May was left out in blank yet nothing really exciting happened anyway besides a few gigs and assorted practises so nobody missed much, really. In any case as I just finished Moon’s new calendar, filling all days up to the end of September (!), I felt it was high time to drop some words to our lunar Infernet community which has been restless these days with mostly petty stuff, unfortunately, that has not go unnoticed by anyone, to the despair of all.
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Moonspell Check In From European Tour

Portugal's Moonspell have posted the following message on their official web site:

First off, we are cancelling our headliner show at Salon de Provence on the 23th of March due to low presale. We can not compromise the rest of the tour on the account of this and also it could come as a financial disaster to the promoter. So in hope we ever get there we might need a stronger fan basis in this location in France. The good news are that we are playing both dates in Paris at the end of this tour and also that we are confirming our presence in Rotonde Festival, Hirson, on the 21st of May. Also Moonspell will be playing on Nummmirock, Finland, on the 25 of June.

We will announce soon other further dates in Portugal and still under negotiation are other appeareances on festivals.

About the quite polemic who's playing first or last in Portugal and after many other comments in our forum, Moonspell would like to set the record straight. In all Europe, we were invited by Cradle of Filth to support them and that is what we are doing to the best of our conditions and regardless of those we are putting all our heart on the stage show and the reactions have proved fair so far.

In Portugal, Cradle of Filth will close the show by mutual agreement between bands and promoters. Goes without saying that our status in Portugal is different than in the rest of Europe but besides this status talk what it matters is that there are two bands which have proven themselves on the scene through the originality and quality of their music and that the Portuguese fans will even welcome a different show where Moonspell and Cradle of Filth will have equal conditions, equal stage times and equal full production on stage. That was the way found for both Cradle of Filth and Moonspell fans to enjoy this tour and both bands' show at their fullest. Not to mention equal willingness to bring a true experience to the Portuguese crowds as this country cherish so much both bands since we first played together in Lisbon, year 1994 (!) also the great the Haunted will share the stage with us, a concert not to be missed so show up in time will you!

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Moonspell Start Up Street Team

Moonspell have issued the following statement reguarding their street team they have just set up:

"To whom it may concern...

Well we are kicking off our very first street team after observing the really important work that a great number of other alike teams have been doing for other bands around the world. The concept and ambition of a street team is to create a work of passion, that is, to support the band with simple yet concrete actions to help the band to spread out their name everywhere and to grow stronger in the eyes of fans.

There is not a corporate feeling behind this. Just a reciprocal chemistry between band and fans who will reward each other by letting each other participate more personally in Moonspell, the reason for this all. A street team is brought up by fans whose "work" is simply to talk about the band they are into, to spread information about concerts, tours, activities, merchandise, meetings, throughout all their contacts, friends and people who they feel would like to know more about the band. In trade they come closer into an active role, besides just listening and moving in the shadows of music. One can pass forth the under the moonspell feeling unto another and while he/she broadens the horizons for the band is also extending his/hers horizons in what it comes to friends, likings and experience in music.

A street team is not a fan club where you pay to have benefits. No! The lunar street team is a work of passion where you do on a more constant and organized basis what you do everyday: to talk about things you love and to share with those your reasons and perspectives for that passion.

Find us with the howling."

To join or for information please contact Joana Deus at: streetteam@moonspell.com

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The Haunted To Support Cradle Of Filth

Swedish thrashers The Haunted have been confirmed as the support act for Cradle of Filth's upcoming European tour with Moonspell. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 09 - Wien, AUT - Planet Music
Mar. 10 - Budapest, HUN - Petofi Hall
Mar. 11 - Zlin, CZR - Sport Hall*
Mar. 12 - Katowice, POL - Spodek*
Mar. 14 - Osnabrück, GER - Hyde Park
Mar. 15 - Berlin, GER - Columbiahalle
Mar. 16 - Stuttgart, GER - Longhorn
Mar. 18 - Leipzig, GER - Haus Auensee
Mar. 19 - München, GER - Georg Elser Halle
Mar. 20 - Ljubljana, SLO - VPK*
Mar. 21 - Zürich, SWI - Volkshaus
Mar. 22 - Milano, ITA - Rainbow
Mar. 24 - Barcelona, SPA - Razzmatazz
Mar. 25 - Bergara, SPA - Sala Jam
Mar. 26 - Porto, POR - Colloseum
Mar. 27 - Lisboa, POR - Colloseum
Mar. 29 - Granada, SPA - Sala Copea
Mar. 30 - Madrid, SPA - Aqualung
Apr. 01 - Clermont Ferrand, FRA - Cooperative De Mai
Apr. 02 - Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmartre

* without Moonspell

The Haunted are continuing to tour in support of their fourth album, "rEVOLVEr", which entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 18 upon its release last October.

The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder", "rEVOLVEr" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy) with co-producers Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Denmark's Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen. The album was released as jewel-case CD and limited edition digipak (each with a different cover), featuring two special bonus tracks, "Fire Alive" and "Smut King".

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Katatonia Confirm Live Dates

Sweden's KATATONIA have psoted the following update:

"During the following 6 months, we'll be very busy with the making of our new album. Nevertheless, we won't be locked up in the studio the entire time as we have just confirmed 3 live dates in march - the Metal Mania festivals, that will take place in Hungary, Czech and Poland. Other bands appearing on the bill are CRADLE OF FILTH, APOCALYPTICA, MOONSPELL etc. This will be only opportunity to catch the band for a long time, so show up and rock with us! Check concerns section for details.

Upcoming Katatonia live dates include:

03/10 at Petofi Hall in Budapest, Hungary at Metal Mania Fest
03/11 at Novesta in Zlin, Czech Republic at Metal Mania Fest
03/12 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland at Metal Mania Fest

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Moonspell To Support Cradle Of Filth

Moonspell were invited by long time friends Cradle of Filth to support them on their upcoming European tour all across Europe, from North to South, from East to West, between the end of February and the beginning of April.

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Moonspell DVD Update, Video Available For Download

Moonspell is currently working on their upcoming DVD, entitled "Lunar Still," and the first sketch of the contents is that the DVD will be divided in four main features:

- Moonspell live at Katowice, Poland (2004, Antidote tour)
- Moonspell live at everywhere (selected cuts from 1993 up to 2004)
- All video clips including the "I Will See You in My Dreams" unreleased zombie video
- Moonspell documentary (a filmed biography of the band, including interviews with the band, past members, fictions and realities about them)

Some of the contents and special participations have yet to be announced. The DVD will be out early 2005.

Moonspell are working on new songs and have so far produced a demo with three of them for internal use only. They will be working with Waldemar Sorychta (Wolf, Irreligious, Sin) on an earlier stage.

Moonspell's "I'll See You in My Dreams" video is now available for download here

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