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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.).

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. lawl writes:

So?

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 7:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Tiago Rodrigues writes:

Correio da Manhã has become a tabloid in the last few years. Ignore them.

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. psythe writes:

It makes sense that this band is getting awards for their music.


It also makes sense that idiots are calling them satanists.

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. SexBloodandMetal writes:

psythe, I never saw anything too Satanic about them to be honest, if I'm not mistaken, they're Gothic Metal if I remember correctly right?

And to this 'sociologist' even if they were 'promoting Satanism', why treat it like this is NEWS? Most Metal bands 'promote Satanism' if you go by that crap, why not keep ALL Metal entirely from playing then? Understand the retardation of this 'Nowak' prick people...I got money saying he isn't even a REAL Sociologist. Any good sociologist would tell you that the Metal counter-culture will use Satan mostly to state a critical point and NOT PROMOTING the religion or the worship of the fallen angel, and the only people who really ARE satanists are likely in Black Metal, but again, they make the points, but they aren't gonna gather followers, they only want listeners of their music. Long and short of it, Satan is just a household name in a Metalhead home kinda thing. Satan doesn't really have a hold on our minds like the dogma of Gods and Devils affects Christians and other fundamental types, we're not gonna all convert to Satanism just because we heard Tom Araya use it in a damned song (Tom Araya is also a Catholic BTW). Really, to single out any band for it is stupid since alot of bands reference Satan. To single out MOONSPELL of all bands is even more retarded. At this point, all this prick is doing is just picking with them because they're the only ones hitting the town he speaks of. Seriously, people like that need a life, and to leave whats good and evil alone.

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 10:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Lord Cashington writes:

SATANISM!!! A shock to me! Why this puts me right off of buying Portugal! It was going to be such a lovely private resort for myself but if this how they act then I shall just take my trillions and purchase Brazil instead!

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RememberMetal? writes:

It's gotten to the point where if Satan is even -mentioned- you ARE a practicing Satanist.

Ready the padded room...call a young priest and an old priest - we're gonna party like it's 1699 (Salem).

Christians have MILLIONS of songs about their god....A supposibly forgiving and tolerant god...But many Christians are neither tolerant nor forgiving, their agenda is to crush all views and lifestyles beside their own.

If this (http://www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm) is to be believed, and it all seems to be supported by gradeschool textbooks, many more people have died at the hands of Christians than Satanists.

Any history book not published in the deep(fried) south or America's insane and poorly educated breadbasket will confirm this.

I'm proud I gave Memorial a 4.5 skull rating, it was well earned. I hope this backwards campaign backfires and moves another 45,000 units for Moonspell.

Why not burn some Beatles albums since they're "bigger than Jesus"....Which ofcourse they were, that was the cause of the whole reaction.

Well, my demons have been exorcised. Remember people, variety is not the spice of life, it's the work of the devil.

Now Playing: Moonspell - "Finisterra"

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 4:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. StabbingTheDrama writes:

Even if they are/were promoting satanism, what's the big deal? They have the right to speak and doing it in a musical way is a lot better than putting out a book or something with a pentagram on the cover trying to get people to worship the devil.

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Murderface writes:

I fully agree with post 1!

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 5:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. deathbringer writes:

This is Poland though - where they have anti-hate and anti-offensive laws pertaining to religion (anti anti-religion; i.e. don't offend the Christians). Was it Mayhem or Gorgoroth who were being tried for their performance there? I don't recall now and my connection is too slow to go look it up...

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. SexBloodandMetal writes:

how the hell did Behemoth last so long in Poland without an issue?

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RememberMetal? writes:

post 10
I'm a little surprised myself. The lyrics of their last offering alone should have had Polands far right rousing the crowds and lighting the torches.

Now Playing: Porcupine Tree - "Arriving Somewhere but Not Here"

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Terminator writes:

its always fun to read lord cashington's posts!

as for a metal band being accused of satanism, what else is new? and what does it matter? i agree with everything RM? posted. who cares what they believe in (hypethetically if the moonspell guys were actual satanists), if their decent people so what?

# Apr 22, 2007 @ 11:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Cynic writes:

This is great news for Moonspell - As the NZ band Dawn of Azazel learnt nothing gets a metal band exposure than a good ol' witch hunt. I mean, hell, we're discussing them right now.

I like this now playing thing too - Now Playing: Sadus - "Black"

PS RememberMetal?, I disapointingly had to do an about face on the review idea as my life just got hectic with uni work. Even had to quit my band - and that's saying something.

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 12:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. metalneverdies writes:

thats bullsh** its just a lameass rumor just wipe your a$$ with it

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Alex.... writes:

its not the bands fault its the kid listening to it, and believing its true,

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Andrew writes:

I agree with #4. I am a christian, but I think it is ridiculous that people are slamming the band and judging them just because they play dark music. And ya, Moonspell is a Gothic Metal band, not BLACK. And metal is not about promoting religion, it is about full blown brutality and furious guitar solos and unleashing the fury of awesomeness of what is metal. I think all the TRUE metalheads would agree that it is NOT about promoting satanism or other religions.

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Andrew writes:

And #6 brings up a strong point. As a christian, it sickens me that they judge before they take action, and it is true that there have been more deaths at the hands of christians than that of satanists. People need to realize that just because they believe something doesn't mean other people have to believe it, because other people will believe something as well. As long as the music rocks, than ROCK ON!!! Moonspell rocks.

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 2:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RememberMetal? writes:

Post 16 and 17
Well said.

Firstly I'm not trying to demonize Christians, I'm well aware that a vast number of Christians are genuinely kind people. I myself being a non-practicing Catholic, though not a Satanist either. I've encountered a substantial number of tolerant, non-condescending Christians and it's always a welcome sight, comforting even.

Just by posting you dispell the notion of all Christians being unreasoning fanatics.

Now playing: Metallica - "Fight Fire with Fire"

# Apr 23, 2007 @ 8:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. the antihippy writes:

can someone pass me the virgin's blood?

# Apr 24, 2007 @ 2:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. (satan) writes:

satanism is the best religion ever, christians is the best for worshiping satan and for promoting sin it's so ausome

so i hope you crucify all your jesus and all messiahs. lol god loves us!

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