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Moonspell - 1755

Moonspell - 1755

Label : Napalm Records | Archive under gothic metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Vera : Moonspell has always shown a healthy urge for exploration of new and fresh musical paths. Every album happens to be a – small and sometimes big – surprise. However, with ‘1755’ they have delivered their most prestigious and ambitious work until now. The album focuses and reflects on the huge earthquake in 1755 in Lisbon that would change the city, the country, Europe and the world forever. It is really an ultimate passionate album, since this historical topic was taught to the guys with all details in their youth. For the first time, Portuguese language appears to be the medium of communication in the lyrics (except for any Latin fragments) and this gives us an ethnic, enigmatic and mysterious experience.

Also music-wise this turns into a challenging and adventurous disc. I can imagine that the band has worked on it as if they should write a soundtrack of an era from their national history. The heaviness is always there, as a kind of undercurrent constancy. In some of the songs it bursts out in galore, but there are also many influences from outside the metal scene. For instance the wealthy orchestration (Jon Phipps who also contributed to previous album ’Extinct’) and massive choirs abundantly pop up everywhere. Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro often goes into narrative and storytelling style, in addition to his raucous grunts. As comparison we mention Skálmöld and their rebellious storytelling trend and that’s something we never did before, believe me. Thus this happens to be an exceptional Moonspell album! The weighty subject is transferred into music in a wonderful manner, with initially a menacing atmosphere (‘Em Nome Do Medo’) and next an opulence of details in the songs. That’s why you are experiencing a completely new journey throughout their musical boundaries. In ‘In Tremor Dei’ fado singer Paulo Brangança contributes and obviously it gives an ultimate melancholic tinge to that song. In ‘1755’ as well as in ‘Ruinas’, oriental melodies pop up. The latter one happens to be one of our favourites, not only due to the mysterious atmosphere, but also because of the magnificent guitar solo. That’s something we like to mention: this album includes the most enchanting guitar solos in the history of Moonspell. This album needs some time to digest, that’s for sure. Anyways, with the bonus track ‘Lanterna Dos Afogados’ (cover of Paralamas Do Sucesso) as mighty desert after a voluptuous musical dinner we can handle that!

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