Moonspell
Alpha Noir/Omega White


4.0
excellent

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
June 19th, 2012 | 17 replies | 5,904 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Moonspell has always been a juggernaut in the Gothic-Black metal realm, but needles to say they can pull off non-extreme music, and Omega White only amplifies that statement.

As the notes go for Omega White, it's part of the double release this year alongside with their respectable sister album, Alpha Noir. While Alpha Noir is an onslaught of Moonspell's style of Gothic Black metal (with all do respect, Trey Spencer's review covers that pretty well). Omega White is a complete 180 to more of a modern day Goth Rock album that is purely dedicated to The Sisters of Mercy and Type O Negative (as stated by the band). Well, Moonspell has been quiet for about four years since their last effort. Yet, they somehow manage to pull it off with a double album, considering double albums can be a mix bag of whether one album(or disc(it depends)) is better then the other. Another factor that can be attributed to any double album is that they can either be in different styles compared to one another, or they're simply both in the same style. In this case Moonspell hits a bulls-eye with a double album that differs in style, both musically and atmospherically.

Throughout Omega White the entire album we see Moonspell show that they are capable of doing more with their musical career then just being centered around metal. From the get-go the opening track itself is a prelude of what the entire album sounds like: acoustic chords blended in with any possible combination with the other instruments and vocals, atmospheric guitar hooks that catch the listener's attention immediately, very melancholic vocal melodies, interesting drum patterns, the list keeps going on and on. Yet, the album shows some sort of inconsistency by eluding from the majority of the tone with songs like “Whites Skies”, while it's not a bad song, it's actually one of the better ones, but hey it's the lead single off of Omega White it's bound to have that 'poppy' sound to it all. While the first two songs completely differ from each other all together in overall vibe and atmosphere, we see the album pick itself back off where it started after “White Skies”. Except there's a twist with the two proceeding songs that blend the 'poppy' sounding “White Skies” to the more darker sounding “Whiteomega”, with an overall mellow tone that builds up after one another leading up to the heaviest song off of the album, “Herodisiac”. Another notable song follows right after “Herodisiac” entitled “Incantatrix”, which is a power-ballad that truly is amazing and quite beautiful, in a way it almost reminds me of Katatonia's “Idle the Blood”. But with a great album you have to have a great album closer, am I not right? Enters “A Greater Darkness”, a song that truly captivates the listener with the overall tone I've been talking about throughout the entire review - everything about the song is awesome; a must listen for sure.

Even if Omega White is part of a double album and showcases a different animal musically compared to everything else they've done as a whole. Moonspell still releases another solid album into their catalog of great albums, and I highly recommend Omega White to anyone, as well as their sister album Alpha Noir. As a little speculation goes - I wouldn't be too surprised if Moonspell shifted their sound to what this album presents if they decide to shift away from their metal roots.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FictionalFlames
June 19th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Willie's review for Alpha Noir http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/49612/Moonspell-Alpha-Noir/

White Skies music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzLtoBKgmB4


any constructive criticism welcomed.

Acanthus
June 19th 2012



9542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't buy the double disc version that would have had this on it, maybe I should have; loved the sound they brought on Alpha Noir.

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CaptainDooRight
June 19th 2012



29090 Comments


"In this case Moonspell hits a bulls-eye with a double album that differs in style, both musically and atmospherically."

sounds cool, good review as well. Ima check this out. POS.

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Shuyin
June 19th 2012



11592 Comments


i need to check these 2 albums, these guys are really respected here in Portugal.

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Havey
June 19th 2012



9679 Comments


^for good reason

KILL8
June 19th 2012



41 Comments


older stuff is bester

FictionalFlames
June 19th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Acanthus you should've got the double album.
@Captain you should check it out if you enjoy the link I posted to the music video.

@KILL bester is not a word.......

Tyrael
June 19th 2012



20866 Comments


Fuck you

I was working on a review for this

goddammit

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KILL8
June 19th 2012



41 Comments


um i think i know my own language better than you

FictionalFlames
June 19th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ if you say so, I am a southerner so.....

FictionalFlames
June 19th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Tyraelxy put out your review man, the more positive reviews it might get more attention. I mean it's not like it's an Opeth review or anything, because that sure as hell doesn't stop anyone.

Tyrael
June 19th 2012



20866 Comments


Nope

it's more or less the same as yours

great review btw but italics dont work in the summary

FictionalFlames
June 19th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just like every other Opeth review.

but, thanks dude.

Wizard
June 20th 2012



19383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Love the review dude. I need to pick both of these up, love these guys.

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Tyrael
June 20th 2012



20866 Comments


Um Wiz I remember you rating Alpha Noir a 2.5

FictionalFlames
June 20th 2012



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sha-bam

zaruyache
June 25th 2012



6406 Comments


Wtf, Wiz. Not really into this kind of goth mehtul, but pos.

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