In And Above Men
From Lowering Skies
The Southern Deathstyle
Capricorn At Her Feet
A Walk On The Darkside
As We Eternally Sleep On It
Fernando Ribeiro - Vocals
|MOONSPELL: "The Antidote" moonspell|
|Finnvox Studios - Hiili Hiilesmaa
|reviews by dalia di giacomo and Salvo Russo|
dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo________
|Extremely dark album, atmospheric and enough heavy (though it could have been
even heavier), anyway the best since Irreligious, ultra far better than Sin
Pecado i must admit, with gothic touch but above all with a good
quantity of metal
with a drop of Death enrichment, expressed mostly in melodic form,
though there is no lacking in raw , hammering moments , doble bass
driven moments . Is this after all not the meaning of Gothic Metal? So ok,
"Gothic metal" exists and is in good health i think, thumbs up. And in particular thumbs up to the collaboration with the young author Autor José Luis Peixoto (Nenhum Olhar), metal and Moonspell fan
(according to what drummer Mike Gaspar says): Peixoto a synonim for beauty and balance,
joy and pain in the Alentejo. Not the first time that Moonspell walk hand in hand with an author from
the literary world , just remember Opium and Pessoas. It is very
welcomed to me, cause culture and literature are a "conditio sine
qua non" for being really respected by me personally.
The Antidote against all poisons and venoms, poisoned itself
by sadness and anger, can pass from purely metallic touches to rocking
or only melodic ones and this also within the space of a single track.
It sounds even Blackish in some passages.
Like slightly mentioned before, Moonspell become hammering and a
bit experimental in The Southern Deathstyle that is very
agreeable with exotic and very modern phrases, a bit doomy and Death too,
overwhelming double bass drums.
dalia di giacomo
Review by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo____
Moonspell leaves behind the latest not good releases, and try to begin again.....They come back with an agreeable album that could be better if only they'd refined the complexity of the structure's songs and if they should have removed some mediocre compositions. On the whole I've to admit that they've found a good inspiration in order to compose very macabre atmospheres in which Fernando shows his ability with deep lyrics concerning spiritualized themes. The best aspect of this band is the originality. In my opinion they play their music from the bottom of the heart....it's sure, in fact it's not easy to define this kind of music, because it gets a personal style that is very far from every kind of musical definition. Although the gothic atmospheres are in evidence, they are able to give a personal taste to all songs and I'm sure that is very easy to recognize their unmistakable style!!! Macabre atmospheres full of intensity and inspired lyrics are the elements of this album...but in my opinion I think that they could improve concerning the structure'songs and not only....
Fernando is able to alternate his typical growl voice with a deep and low voice that give emphasis and atmosphere into songs that are characterized with keyboards in evidence and a not very good guitars ; in my opinion guitars don't get a very powerful distortion, because guitars don't get good low tones. Although the distortion is not very good, I have to underline a good guitar-work concerning both riffs and solos.
The speed songs are full of that kind of wildness that is Moonspell mark! Try to listen "In and above men" and "From lowering skies" to understand what I say!
The proper care concerninG the rhytmic parts is mixed with a melodic taste that sometimes remind me to SENTENCED!!!!In my opinion Fernando & C. can't but admit Sentenced's inspiration!!! It is in evidence in atmospheric songs like "As we eternally sleep on it" that begins in a typical Moonspell songs , but it gets a particular new mood that is similar to Sentenced, and "Crystal Gazing"..in which I notice a good guitar arpeggio , but on the whole a boring song, with no good melodic ideas!!!
For me the best song is "Lunar still" a vampiresque composition that could be perfect for a soundtrack horror-film!! The complexity of this song is justified with the very macabre atmosphere that is able to create horror sensation since the first listening.
"Everything invaded" is a good deep song in which the decaying atmosphere is sung with a very sad refrain! It's a shame that the guitars don't give power to the music...
"Antidote" is a pure Moonspell gothic metal such as "A walk on the darkside" and "The Darkening" in which I notice the search for a better sound with a good arrangement in which keyboards give the perfect emphasis!
In my opinion they can still improve...but this is not an album to be thrown away, on the contrary I'm sure that you'll find something better comparing with the latest releases!
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