Moonspell
Extinct


4.0
excellent

Review

by Heimdallr USER (2 Reviews)
March 11th, 2015 | 15 replies


Release Date: 03/15/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Once again we are under the moonspell...

Moonspell have always been a polarizing band. They have many diehard fans all over the world, people who adore everything that Fernando Ribeiro and his band have created since their inception in the early 90`s till today, even with the drastic changes experimented on the music the band has put out. On the other hand, there`s a lot of people that seriously hate this band, calling them a joke, a summun of cheesiness and gothic cliches. Maybe they are partially right, but one thing is for sure: Moonspell know how to make exciting music, despite of the cheesiness, and with Extinct they prove it again, delivering and album softer than its three predecessors, but powerful enough to be considered one of their finest efforts.

Stylistically, the album has reminiscences of Sin/Pecado, Darkness and Hope and The Antidote, but the band manages to avoid the major flaws of those records, with an admirable musicianship that allows them to create beautiful tunes and a haunting and brooding atmosphere, although sometimes is a bit over the top, mainly because of the accentuated use of the keyboards. Ribeiro´s harsh vocals are great as always, and his clean singing is more polished and subtle, leaving behind the exaggerated baritone chanting, and the almost laughable vampiric aura showed in albums like the ridiculously cheesy Wolfheart. Without abandoning the marks that distinguish them in the gothic metal scene like sexual references, the malignant beauty incarnated by some sort of femme fatale and the nihilism acquired as an attitude in life, this album is lighter, not only in its overall sound, but also in its messages, despite of the apocalyptic title. Song titles like Extinct, Medusalem, A Dying Breed and The Future is Dark do not announce anything hopeful actually, but something about them shows the wilt to keep pushing onward into life. I think that the post-punk vibe that is present on most of the songs can be deceitful as their darkness is derived from a special sensibility that does not give up with life, even with its dark horizons. Songs like Until We Are No More and the deliciously odd La Baphomette can show us this kind of thinking when we read between lines, which is something that should be done with the Moonspell lyrics. They can be really good or bad and pretentious depending on the album, but in this case, they are deep and identifiable in their own simplicity.

The album is very catchy, and almost every song has a prominent chorus and is backed with some orchestral arrangements, but the musicians avoid the self-indulgence for the most part, with one or two exceptions like the ballad the Last of Us, which didn´t seem really convincing. The production is great and the ordering of the songs is very nice, providing a good flow, making the album easy to listen, but also immersive. This is a work of maturity, and although the black metal influences are always well received in a Moonspell album, the less-metal oriented path that they started to follow again is promising. At the least their first step on it, without being earthshaking, helps them to stand as one of the most prominent gothic bands in the recent history. I dare to contradict them and say that their future is not dark, but if they need to believe it to keep making great music, we can only be thankful to that darkness as long as it can be a source of inspiration.


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Heimdallr
March 10th 2015


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album deserves a much better review. English is not my mother language, so I did what I could. Criticism is welcome, I`m sure there will be mistakes to be found.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
March 10th 2015


6681 Comments


is there a stream?

Heimdallr
March 10th 2015


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man, the review has many issues. I don`t know if there is any stream, a friend of mine gave it to me.I`ll try to fix the things you pointed.

Confucius
March 13th 2015


498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh

InFlamesWeThrash666
March 14th 2015


8711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I might check this even tho the first single was very meh

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EvoHavok
March 14th 2015


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The rest of the album is pretty different from 'The Last of Us'. I'd suggest you give it a try. Liked it more than expected.

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InFlamesWeThrash666
March 14th 2015


8711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will definitely give it a listen then

Hawks
March 20th 2015


67717 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy fuck does this slay.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2015


2586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent new album from Moonspell. I really like how the Gothic atmosphere is used throughout the album, not in an overblown way like in past albums but just enough to complement the more metallic side of the instrumentation, and the vocal delivery for the most part is also just as effective. Most of the songs here are just as consistent as as fluent as they need to be, with perhaps the exception of "The Last of Us" and "A Dying Breed" (They didn't impress me as much as the others).

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Confucius
March 24th 2015


498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think this has some cool songs but also some really dull ones

LifeFeedsOnLife
April 30th 2015


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The power of cheese compels you!

LifeFeedsOnLife
May 3rd 2015


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Until We Are No More, The Last of Us, Extinct, Dying Breed.... Wow, subtle.. Wonder what the album's about. They're all great songs though, except for maybe Dying Breed. Some of the growled vocals are hilarious. Funeral Bloom and The Future is Dark are my faves so far.

Acanthus
June 9th 2015


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a lot more atmospheric and laid back compared to the previous album (haven't listened to them farther back much), I like it.



I like it a lot.

EvoHavok
June 9th 2015


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess you only heard the Alpha Noir half. Omega White was atmospheric and laid back.

Acanthus
June 9th 2015


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I missed out on the double pack when I purchased sadly, never got around to hearing the other side.



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