Moonspell Premiere New Song “The Greater Good”, Reveal Details For New Album “Hermitage”

Moonspell have premiered a new song titled “The Greater Good.” This track is from the band’s new album “Hermitage,” which will be released on February 26.

Fernando Ribeiro said the following about the song:

“‘The Greater Good’ is a sociological concept implying the benefit of the public, of more people than oneself. To do which is better and more correct. Unfortunately, a lot of wrongdoing and pure evil actions were taken on behalf of this principle both by world leaders, and citizens. With a ‘screenplay’ designed by myself, and put together by director Guilherme Henriques (Gaerea, Crippled Black Phoenix, Schammasch) ‘The Greater Good’ strikes at the deep contrast of our priorities as human beings. The plot evidenciate the daily clash between the problems we could never or never wanted to solve; and our ‘first world preoccupations.’ The cult of the body versus the African famine; the killing of the innocent versus the second amendment; the beauty of monuments against the ugliness of violence.

We are all responsible for the things we see here. For the greater good, for the greatest evil. It’s not a question of race, gender, class or education. It’s a question of conscience. It’s vital we renew our communities’ ties, our humanly behavior. Only we can save us from ourselves.”

He also added the following about the record:

“We know that we are entering the final years of our career as musicians: the winter of our lifetime. We don’t care about people saying we’re still young at heart, or ‘leading’ wolves in a pack. We are not! But we do care about how those around us feel about us, and this album is all about how we feel, our answers to your questions. Under these circumstances, we feel our musical stakes are higher than ever. For us, it’s not about likes or algorithms, reach, or opportunity of growth. We only care about the music. Music does come first on this album you will hold in your hands soon enough.

The record is about turning our backs to the conventions of modernity. We are currently convincing ourselves that it’s all about us, that we (humanity) are everything. That the world revolves around us. However, ipsi facto, we are nothing and nothing revolves around us. Moonspell’s goal, on these last turns around the Sun, are to write the best music we possibly can. To tell you a few stories with our lyrics, to be close to you in these times of distancing. We wish not to tease you or to influence you or to sell you our fish. We want to sit down with you at your table and feast together upon our notes and words. Like if we were close friends, like back in the time where music matters the most. In your bedroom listening to music, without having to post our smart remarks about it, inviting the hate in.

‘Hermitage’ is an open-hearted invitation to simplicity. To be humble. To be thankful. To serve you solace. Provide you comfort, entertainment. We sincerely hope this call reaches you. That you kindly accept what we offer. That you take our music with you to the place you must feel as yours. To your secret place, to your hermitage. Blessed be.”

“Hermitage” Track Listing:

01. “The Greater Good”
02. “Common Prayers”
03. “All or Nothing”
04. “Hermitage”
05. “Entitlement”
06. “Solitarian”
07. “The Hermit Saints”
08. “Apophthegmata”
09. “Without Rule”
10. “City Quitter” (Outro)

Bonus Tracks:

11. “Darkness in Paradise” (Candlemass cover – available on LP, deluxe box, MC + mediabook)
12. “The Great Leap Forward” (7″ vinyl – available in deluxe box)

Moonspell To Release New Album In February

Moonspell have confirmed that their new album will be released in February. The effort’s first single will be released in November.

The band commented:

“Ricardo Amorim: wrote half of the music, played all the guitars, did all second voices.

Jaime Gomez Arellano: pre-produced, produced, mixed and mastered the album.

#fernandoribeiro: wrote all the lyrics and sang them. Come up with the concept.

Pedro Paixão: wrote half of the music, arranged and directed the album.

Missing on this pic. Aires Pereira (bass), Hugo Ribeiro drummer (drums).

H will have around 10 songs, including two instrumentals. On top there will be a couple of bonus: one unreleased song and one cover version (any guesses?).

The album will be out in February 2021 and first song will be released to the audience on November 2020.

Who got the chance to listen to it so far (friends, family, selected media), affirmed “it’s dark and revolutionary.”

We can’t wait to share it with you!

All info about the album will be released here first, so stay tuned for what’s coming your way.”

Moonspell Announce Halloween Show

Moonspell have announced a special Halloween show. The event will take place at Pax Julia in Beja, Portugal on October 31.

The band commented:

“Greetings Wolves and Witches!

In the darkest of years, MOONSPELL pick up their vampire capes and head South of Portugal to an ancient town named Beja. There, at the local theatre Pax Julia Teatro Municipal, originally built in 1928, they will deliver to the world their own brand of HALLOWEEN. An exclusive show for 300 souls but that can be seen WORLDWIDE by the their wolfpack, scattered and lying in wait for this to happen since the quarantine left all boats on shore, including our Gothic navigators.

On October the 31st, Saturday, a fullmoon, with the show starting at 21.30 (PT/UK), 22.30 (Europe), 1.30 PM (PDT), 4.30 PM (NY/EDT), 3.30 PM (MX /CDT), 6.30 AM (NOV 1st/GMT+9), 7.30 Am (NOV1ST/GMT+10), MOONSPELL will put an amazing show, a dedicated production and the chance for you to watch LIVE + COMMENT

The streaming link will be available at the platform BOL site afterwards for everyone who buys a ticket and can’t watch it LIVE or wants to watch it again

Ticket links:

Virtual ticket: 5,69€ (ALL TAX + COMMISSION INCLUDED)

https://www.bol.pt/Comprar/Bilhetes/90840-moonspell-sala_virtual_pax_julia/Sessoes

Physical ticket (limited to 300): 15,69€ (ALL TAX + COMMISSION INCLUDED)

https://paxjulia.bol.pt/Comprar/Bilhetes/90836-moonspell-pax_julia_teatro_municipal/Sessoes

Upgrade tickets + merch bundles available at wolfpack@moonspell.com/moonspell.rastilho.com (you need to have a valid ticket).

From Beja, Portugal to the world out there, we are proud to present you HALLOWEEN 2.0, the event Moonspell fans have eagerly awaited for in this year of the plague.”

Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro: “The New Album Will Be About Solitude”

During a recent interview with A&P Reacts, Moonspell’s Fernando Ribeiro discussed the band’s upcoming album. According to him, the effort “will be about solitude.”

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Ribeiro said the following:

“When we could get together again in our studio [during the coronavirus pandemic], our main priority was to write new music. We had written a lot of stuff back in 2019, which was cool stuff, but I thought it could be much better. So I talked with Pedro [Paixão, keyboards] and Ricardo [Amorim, guitar], and I said, ‘Well, let’s change a little bit. Let’s take what’s really, really excellent and get rid of all the other parts,’ and then we started a bit anew. So we still have a lot to do about this album, to define the concept. I think it won’t be an album like [2017’s] ‘1755’, which was a concept album sung in Portuguese; this one will be sung in English. Also, it follows up much more, lyrically, stuff like [2008] ‘Night Eternal’, [2012’s] ‘Alpha Noir’, [2015’s] ‘Extinct’. So the new album will be about solitude, which is a coincidence, because I thought about writing about this way before the COVID left us hanging in our own places — not alone, but not in society. So the album will be a little actual about it.”

He also added the following about working with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano:

“[Jaime] did the last PARADISE LOST, ‘Obsidian’, he did the first GHOST, ‘Opus [Eponymous]’, he did CATHEDRAL — he did a lot of bands, he has a great curriculum, and he’s definitely a very nice guy. So we start working with him in September, and probably around Halloween time, we’ll already have the master for the new album, which I think will be out in February of 2021.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Moonspell Part Ways With Drummer Miguel “Mike” Gaspar

Moonspell have parted ways with drummer Miguel “Mike” Gaspar. Hugo Ribeiro will be taking his place. The band issued the following statement:

“Moonspell hereby informs that Mike Gaspar is no longer our band member. The reasons of this split, as accorded, will remain in between the parts involved. We ask that privacy is fully observed. Moonspell now enters a new cycle and are already working with a new drummer Hugo Ribeiro (not family related with the singer). Their new album, provisorily referred to as H, will be recorded with the producer Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Ulver, Ghost), between September and October this year. It will be released via Napalm Records on the first semester of 2021.”

Moonspell To Re-Release “The Butterfly Effect” In August

Moonspell have announced that they will be re-releasing “The Butterfly Effect” on August 7. The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will be available on vinyl, digipak, and cassette tape with re-designed cover and layout artwork, as well as an exclusive excerpt from the “Butterfly FX” chapter of the band’s biography “Wolves Who Were Men.” A bonus 7-inch will also include two new remixes.

“The Butterfly Effect” Track Listing:

01. “Soulsick”
02. “Butterfly FX”
03. “Can’t Bee”
04. “Lustmord”
05. “Selfabuse”
06. “I Am The Eternal Spectator”
07. “Solitary Vice”
08. “Disappear Here”
09. “Adaptables”
10. “Angelizer”
11. “Tired”
12. “K”

7″ Vinyl Bonus Tracks:

01. “Never Stop to Hurt You” (Lustmord Remix by Pedro Paixão)
01. “Angelized” (Angelizer Remix by Pedro Paixão)

Frontman Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“The Butterfly Effect is our most eccentric and outrageous album ever. We never really knew the depth of love and hate towards it back then, as our mind was stretched and open to extensions neither us or our fans would think of. So, re-releasing and re-designing it brings this uncommon collection of songs, inspired by the Beatnik culture, electronics and technological apocalypse, under a different light. With the world gone viral, the notion of a butterfly that beats its tiny wings in the East, causing a violent earthquake in the West, has never been so accurate, which gives our 1999 extravaganza a renewed meaning and reach. Everything is everywhere, the butterfly effect.”

Official Moonspell Biography “Wolves Who Were Men” To Receive English-Language Release In October

Moonspell have announced that the English version of their official biography, “Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell,” will be released on October 31. The book was written by Ricardo S. Amorim and pre-orders can be found HERE.

The following was said about the book:

“Formed over a quarter century ago, Moonspell have faced both triumph and tribulation to become the most internationally celebrated Portuguese metal band in history. For the first time, their unique story is told in full in the new book Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell, scheduled for release in English language in Autumn of 2019.

An epic, in-depth and candid read, author Ricardo S. Amorim follows the band from youthful black metal fans to experienced musicians battling the challenges of an ever-changing music industry, exploring Moonspell’s evolving sound while always focussing on the often-troubled human stories that lie behind the music. Including lengthy interviews with the group’s current and former members – as well as various comrades, including Rotting Christ, Cradle Of Filth, Samael, Kreator, The Gathering and Amorphis – it also features a wealth of images, many previously unpublished.

Presented by Crypt Publications, in unholy alliance with Cult Never Dies and Fernando Ribeiro’s own Alma Mater, Wolves Who Were Men is due to be issued in a standalone paperback format, as well as a deluxe box set format, including several exclusive extras. It is a must read for all Moonspell fans, as well as anyone interested in the continued development of the metal genre and the reality of life in a full-time metal band.”

Official Moonspell Biography “Wolves Who Were Men” To Receive English-Language Release This Fall

Moonspell have announced that the English version of their official biography, “Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell,” will be released this fall. The book was written by Ricardo S. Amorim and it will be available as a standalone paperback and as a deluxe box set.

The following was said about the book:

“Formed over a quarter century ago, Moonspell have faced both triumph and tribulation to become the most internationally celebrated Portuguese metal band in history. For the first time, their unique story is told in full in the new book Wolves Who Were Men: The History Of Moonspell, scheduled for release in English language in Autumn of 2019.

An epic, in-depth and candid read, author Ricardo S. Amorim follows the band from youthful black metal fans to experienced musicians battling the challenges of an ever-changing music industry, exploring Moonspell’s evolving sound while always focussing on the often-troubled human stories that lie behind the music. Including lengthy interviews with the group’s current and former members – as well as various comrades, including Rotting Christ, Cradle Of Filth, Samael, Kreator, The Gathering and Amorphis – it also features a wealth of images, many previously unpublished.

Presented by Crypt Publications, in unholy alliance with Cult Never Dies and Fernando Ribeiro’s own Alma Mater, Wolves Who Were Men is due to be issued in a standalone paperback format, as well as a deluxe box set format, including several exclusive extras. It is a must read for all Moonspell fans, as well as anyone interested in the continued development of the metal genre and the reality of life in a full-time metal band.”

Moonspell Share “Extinct” Live Video From “Lisboa Under The Spell”

Moonspell have shared a new live video for “Extinct.” The footage comes from the band’s new live DVD/Blu-ray/3CD set “Lisboa Under The Spell,” which was released in August. The effort was recorded at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal on February 4, 2017.

Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“Now that the DVD is out, I guess a lot of our fans already made up their minds about it and I guess rather were as surprised about its final epic form as we were surprised by the, no-bullshit, honest and very solid reactions to our new live release, praise, great reviews, chart entries at all. As far as I am concerned live releases don’t make the cut sometimes. That’s why the Lisboa Under The Spell you might or might not have already in your hands was so carefully thought out and packaged, reminding us of the very few live releases that make us sit in the couch and watch or listen the hell out of. Records like Life After Death (Maiden), Earth Inferno (Fields Of The Nephilim) and a few others. Those, with all due respect, were the ones who inspired us to do better. The addition of the album Extinct makes perfect sense to us, as this is the musical thread we are going to follow with the next opus and also because that was the last date of our very dear Road To Extinction tour that started off in 2015 and ended in our hometown, Lisbon on February 2017 e.v. We hope you enjoy this new clip from the title song ‘Extinct’, featuring the lovely and dangerous Portuguese actress Carolina Torres, brandishing the sword and watching her pack rocking out.”

Moonspell Share “Herr Spiegelmann” Live Video From “Lisboa Under The Spell”

Moonspell have shared a new live video for “Herr Spiegelmann.” The footage comes from the band’s new live DVD/Blu-ray/3CD set “Lisboa Under The Spell,” which will be released on August 17. The effort was recorded at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal on February 4, 2017.

Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“‘Herr Spiegelmann’, or Mr. Mirrorman, is a song inspired by the amazing book of Patrick Suskind, ‘The Perfume’. I guess everybody knows that book; if not, shame on you.

I wrote the lyrics to the ‘execution scene,’ where people start seeing on the tortured, beaten down man on the stake, everything wonderful they want to see. Like a mirror man, reflecting their fears and ambitions and most secret wishes.

I really love this song and the visual part of it was specially designed for this show, with the laser gloves and the mirror jacket, in a tentative to convey the eerie and psychedelic atmosphere of the song.

I hope you guys enjoy this advance from ‘Lisboa Under The Spell’, as it does reflect the struggle for an original and emotional cut of the songs, just like a Moonspell show should be, add magic.”