Moonspell
Night Eternal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 21st, 2008 | 88 replies | 35,027 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Moonspell are back with their heaviest, most consistent black metal influenced album ever. If you've written off this band before, it's time to give them another chance.

Moonspell are a band that in my opinion are largely overrated. I mean, here is a group whose back catalog ranges from the laughably bad (Wolfheart) to the painfully average (Darkness and Hope) with few exceptions. In fact, the only reason I had held any hope for this album is because their last release, Memorial, was one of those exceptions, even if it wasn’t phenomenal by any means. Soon after Memorial the band re-recorded their earliest demos and their first EP displaying their black metal roots through a dark, aggressive nature that had long since gone dormant which only added to my hope that it would remind them of their potential; I am happy to say that it has.

This album is by far the heaviest, darkest and most well-written album they have ever released. It also marks the full return of their black metal roots with their gothic rock leanings only used sparingly. If you can imagine the intense, aggressive nature of Under Satanae combined with the more mature song writing of Memorial, mixed with the sinister vibe of their Daemonarch side-project then you’ll be very close to what is presented here. The opening track is a perfect song to display what you can expect from this album. The riffs are forceful, yet memorable, the guitar melodies are ominous, and the keyboards never become overbearing or tasteless. The song also displays their increased penchant for dynamics, utilizing various speeds and volumes never becoming just another droning wall of noise.

As much as the music is responsible for the renewed aggression and energy, the biggest leap forward is through their vocalist, Fernando Ribiero. In addition to being the most aggressive song I can remember them ever releasing, “Moon in Mercury” is also the best song to display that leap. His vocals on that song are venomous, deep black metal growls that frequently drop to even lower registers becoming the guttural sounds more associated with death metal. The death metal influence in the vocals as well as the violent nature of his black metal vocals take every song they’re used on to a whole new level for the band. With all this talk of black and death metal, fans of their gothic rock mid-era may wonder if there is anything left in this band for them, and there is a little left.

There are only two songs on this album where black metal vocals aren’t the main style on the song, and those two songs also retain just the slightest bit of gothic rock influence that was so prevalent in their music for awhile. The most notable is the song “Scorpion Flower” due to the guest vocals of Anneke Van Giersbergen (Agua de Annique, ex-The Gathering). Moonspell didn’t tone down the dark vibe or heaviness of the song just because Anneke was singing on it though. The only concession they gave to her was a slight return of the catchy gothic rock melodies and a lack of black metal vocals, and it is very catchy. The other track, “Dreamless”, is similar in its structure except it is lacking the guest vocals, but it makes up for it with better melodies and a better atmosphere.

After having heard this album multiple times over the past few weeks I am still surprised by the renewed aggression and energy as well as the overall heaviness of it. I am even more surprised that there isn’t one thing that is laughably bad or cringe-inducing here. Instead we get an album that is consistent in its song writing, its dark atmosphere, its heavy riffs and classy solos, and its great death/black vocal style. This is the album for those that never thought that any Moonspell album was really all that great before Memorial. It’s even an album that those that thought Memorial was bad might enjoy. As for current fans, as long as your love isn’t placed strictly in their gothic rock era, you can get this album with confidence that you’re getting something enjoyable and of high quality.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you want to check out the album it is streaming on their myspace page (which isn't what I used to review this):
www.myspace.com/moonspell

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

BallsToTheWall
May 21st 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome review, sounds like this could actually be good and now with Anneke on a song, I must check this out later today.

Remembrance
May 21st 2008



45 Comments


Yeah have this album for about 2 weeks now. And it is sooo much better then their other work IMO. Mainly bacause of the vocals are a lot better.. but maybe that's just me.

rasputin
May 21st 2008



14517 Comments


oo I will get this asap. I love the vocals from this band.

Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This guy's death/black metal vocals are my favorite of that style which is another reason I like this album so much, because they're used constantly. Did you ever get to check out the Daemonarch CD? That's another one where his vocals are awesome.

rasputin
May 21st 2008



14517 Comments


No, I completely forgot about them . I bought the Under Satanae rerecording or whatever it was that you reviewed, and that's awesome, much better than The Antidote and Wolfheart which I already ahve. Will check Daemonarch if I can find it

Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Will check Daemonarch if I can find it
Let me know if you can't.

BallsToTheWall
May 21st 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well this was really easy to torrent, already have it so I guess i'll spin it now. If I like it I'll probaly buy it. Wasn't too much a fan of Satanae though so we'll see how this goes.

jrowa001
May 21st 2008



8750 Comments


this is definitely their best. this and Memorial are their only good albums. id give it a 4 as well, but like Memorial it might lose its touch after a while

fireaboveicebelow
May 21st 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit I wanted to review this. good review but no mention of Hers Is The Twilight 8(
and jrowa, this did the exact opposite for me, I like it more the more I listen to it

AngelPhoenix
May 21st 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This band always kind of confused me with their sound, so this sounds like the perfect time to give them another shot, just like your review says willie. Good looks.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2008



16259 Comments


I don't really like this band.

Willie
Moderator
May 21st 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm not a huge fan either. I thought Memorial was pretty good, and I liked their re-recording of their demos a little more, but other then that they're not something I really like. This is still good though.

Hawks
May 21st 2008



34484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I heard some of the songs on their myspace and this album sounds very good. It sounds much better than their other stuff that i have.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

Willie
Moderator
May 22nd 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It sounds much better than their other stuff that i have.
That's what I'm trying to get people to understand.

masscows
May 22nd 2008



2236 Comments


I'll check out the stream later, sounds good

Good review

asdemonsburn
May 23rd 2008



793 Comments


Got this album last night because of the review, I'll give it a listen later

Willie
Moderator
May 23rd 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking at your favorites, you should like this. For me I've been listening to it daily for a few weeks and I'm just about ready to up my personal rating (I'll leave the review rating where it is though).

Wizard
May 23rd 2008



19223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Moonspell are back with their heaviest, most consistent black metal influenced album ever. If you've written off this band before, it's time to give them another chance.

Sold!
Willie, I really enjoy your writing style. Easy to read, flows nicely, excellent descriptions. One problem with the review was your failed to mention The Antidote, which I felt was their strongest release. Memorial was ok but it really lacked the strong musicianship and overall song writing compared to the The Antidote. Other than that, I'm going out after school today to pick this album up.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Willie
Moderator
May 23rd 2008



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One problem with the review was your failed to mention The Antidote, which I felt was their strongest release.
I like that album the most out of their gothic rock phase, but I don't think it is anything special. I think the "Under Satanae" album is their best (before this came out).



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