Moonspell – Portuguese Gothic Metal

Moonspell is a Black / Gothic Metal band originally from the city of Brandoa, in Portugal, led by Fernando Ribeiro.

The group was created in 1989 under the name Morbid God and released the demo “Serpent Angel” during 1992. The band obtained a contract with the French record company Adipocere for their single “Wolves From The Fog / Goat on Fire” and the demo ” Anno Satanæ “; it was introduced in the European markets.

Morbid God / Moonspell@RottingInPeace.com
Morbid God / Moonspell@RottingInPeace.com

After quickly becoming the leading Portuguese metal band, the group quickly accepted an offer from German company Century Media. The Wolfheart album got very favorable reviews, especially for its lyrics; which were old poems that Fernando Ribeiro wrote between the ages of 14 and 16, under the pseudonym of Langsuyar Tenebrarum Rex.

Moonspell toured Europe in 1995 as the opening act for Tiamat and Morbid Angel, before returning to the studio for the recording of their second album, “Irreligious.” The album’s promotion embarked them on two other tours in which their status quickly grew from being a guest with Samael to a higher profile with Type O Negative.

Moonspell`s Wolfherat Album @RottingInPeace.com
Moonspell`s Wolfherat Album @RottingInPeace.com

The year 1997 would see the publication of “2econd Skin” before the return of the group in 1998 with their new work, “Sin / Pecado”. The album showed a much more gothrock style than the previous ones. In recognition of the services rendered to their country, the band had to stop their tour for a formal reception at the Portuguese embassy in Santiago. Moonspell continued to open for big bands like Kiss and Manowar. In early 2000 they toured Germany supporting the already classics Kreator and Katatonia.

His album “Darkness and Hope”, released in 2001, reached number 79 on the German sales chart. The band covered Ozzy Osbourne’s classics “Mr. Crowley” and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” for the special editions of “Darkness and Hope.” Later they began a tour of the United States as headliners, supported by Lacuna Coil, on December 5 at the Trocadero Venue in Philadelphia.

Under the Moonspell @RottingInPeace.com
Under the Moonspell @RottingInPeace.com

At the beginning of 2003 they made a version of the jazz classic “I’ll see you in my dreams” to include it in the soundtrack of the homonymous Portuguese horror film. In March Moonspell announced the departure of bassist Sergio Crestana, hiring Niclas Etelävuori from Amorphis to record “The Antidote”. Aires Pereira, a member of Malevolence, took up the bass position in June. The single “Everything Invaded” entered the Portuguese chart at number 9. Moonspell embarked on a North American tour in November with Type O Negative and Cradle of Filth. In December they went on another tour of Europe as co-headliners with Lacuna Coil, Passenger and Poisonblack. The band returned to the road early the following year supporting Opeth on their “Lamentations over America tour 2004”, beginning in Edmonton, Canada on January 20.

In April they returned to the studio to begin recording their new album, after reserving dates in May to play in Chile, Mexico and Brazil.

 

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