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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 Accused Of Promoting Satanism

Portugal's Blitz magazine is reporting that the country's biggest metal export MOONSPELL was recently accused of promoting Satanism by a Polish sociologist by the name of Ryszard Nowak. According to the report, which first appeared in the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã, Nowak — who is said to be a member of an anti-cult organization — held a press conference in which he accused MOONSPELL of being Satanic and claimed that the band's "scandalous" performances promote "hate, animal slaughter, devastation of the Christian church and propagation of death." A petition was also launched to persuade the mayor of Warsaw to stop MOONSPELL's performance in the city from going ahead.

MOONSPELL's latest CD, "Memorial", was recently certifield gold in the band's home country of Portugal for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. This is the first time a Portuguese metal band has ever received this award. The group was also named "Best Portuguese Act" at MTV's 13th annual Europe Music Awards, held on Nov. 2 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is the first time ever a metal band has won that particular award in Europe.

"Memorial" was released in April 2006 via SPV Records. The CD was recorded at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, TIAMAT, GRIP INC.).

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Midnattsol Confirmed For Wave Gotik Treffen 2007

The German/ Norwegian sextet MIDNATTSOL have been official confirmed to play at the 2007 edition of the Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. Festival details are still being sorted out, but AMORPHIS, MOONSPELL, PRIMORDIAL, KRYPTERIA, CREMATORY and HAGGARD are also due to perform.

Go to this location for details on the festival. More...

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Wave-Gotik-Treffen Announce Lineup

This year's leading German gothic culture event Wave-Gotik-Treffen is set to take place May 25-28 in Leipzig. So far, the following bands are confirmed: More...

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.


More details as they become available.

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Napalm Death Announce More Tour Dates

British inventors of grindcore, NAPALM DEATH, currently busy on their US headliner tour, are about to deliver another full dose of intense live shows in Europe early 2007. After a run of shows mainly in Scandinavia in January, NAPALM DEATH will then embark on the “No Mercy Festival Tour 2007” alongside Moonspell, Behemoth, Dew Scented and others.

NAPALM DEATH with Ox Fanzine, Slam & Allschools

10.01.2007 Roskilde(DK) @ Gimle
11.01.2007 Hassleholm (S) @ Markan
12.01.2007 Borlange (S) @ Bolanche
13.01.2007 Oslo (NO) @ Garage
14.01.2007 Stockholm (S) @ Debaser
16.01.2007 Helsinki (FI) @ Tavastia
17.01.2007 Turku (FI) @ Klubi
18.01.2007 Tampere (FI) @ tba
19.01.2007 Oulu (FI) @ Teatria
20.01.2007 Jyvaskyla (IS) @ Lutakko
21.01.2007 Tallinn (EE) @ Club Illusion
22.01.2007 Riga (LV) @ Melna Piektdiena Club
23.01.2007 Vilnius (LT) @ Mulen Ruzas Club
25.01.2007 Bucharest (RO) @ Preoteasa Club
26.01.2007 Sofia (BG) @ Hristo Botev
27.01.2007 Thessaloniki (GR) @ Mylos Apothiki
28.01.2007 Athens (GR) @ An Club More...

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Moonspell Named Best Portuguese Act

Moonspell won MTV Europe's award for Best Portuguese Act, competing with multi-platinum Hip - Hop and Pop bands. This is the first time in history that a Metal band has won this award. The band has issued the following statement online:

"We won MTV Euro awards for best Portuguese act and wish to dedicate it to all people around the world who voted for us and helped Moonspell to become a stronger band and Portuguese Metal more known to the abroad scene! Thank you a million moons!!! ~Fernando and Moonspell"

Moonspell continue to tour in support of their new album "Memorial" which was released earlier this year through SPV / Steamhammer. The appropriately dubbed "Nocturnal Mourning" tour with special guests Katatonia and Daylight Dies is hitting the world famous Whiskey A Go Go in L.A. this Sunday Nov. 5th. The tour will then roll through Anaheim and start heading east until the final show Nov. 19th at the Webster Theater in Hartford, CT.

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Moonspell, Behemoth Team Up For European Tour

Portugal's gothic metal kings Moonspell will team up with Napalm Death, Behemoth and Dew-Scented for an European tour in March/April 2007. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Katatonia, Moonspell N.A. Tour Dates

Katatonia have teamed up with Moonspell and Daylight Dies for a month long North American tour. Official dates as follows:

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First Bands For Next Year's Wacken Revealed

CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, RAGE, TYR, JBO and AMORPHIS have been confirmed for next year's installment of the cult Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. The billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Moonspell Announce North American Tour Dates

Moonspell have announced tour dates for their upcoming Nocturnal Mourning North American Tour, beginning in October. Supporting Moonspell on tour are Katatonia and Daylight Dies.

Tour dates:

Oct. 20 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
Oct. 21 Bedford, NH - Mark's Showplace
Oct. 22 New York, NY - B.B. King's Blues Club
Oct. 23 Montreal, QC -Le Medley
Oct. 24 Quebec City, QC -Imperial
Oct. 25 Toronto, ON - Opera House
Oct. 26 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 27 Detroit, MI - I-Rock Nightclub
Oct. 28 Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
Oct. 29 St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 31 Aurora, CO - Illiff Park Saloon
Nov. 02 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov. 03 Portland, OR - Rock N Roll Pizza
Nov. 04 San Francisco, CA -The Pound SF
Nov. 05 Los Angeles, CA - Whiskey A Go Go
Nov. 06 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Nov. 09 Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
Nov. 10 Albuquerque, NM - The Launch Pad
Nov. 11 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
Nov. 12 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Nov. 13 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theater
Nov. 15 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theater

In other Moonspell news, the band has been nominated for an MTV Award under the category "Best Portuguese Act." A posting on the band's official web site reads: "Tomorrow there will be a press conference where MTV is going announce it. It’s the first time a metal or heavy rock is distinguished as candidate for the prize, which for us is already an honour. Thank you all for your support, specially to Universal Portugal and SPV."

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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
Memento Mori
Sons of Earth
Blood Tells
Upon the Blood of Men
At the Image of Pain
Once It Was Ours!
Mare Nostrum
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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