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.”

Moonspell Share “Alma Mater” Live Video From “Lisboa Under The Spell”

Moonspell have shared a new live video for “Alma Mater.” 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:

“Moonspell’s ALMA MATER holds for us the true meaning of this Latin expression. It talks about something bigger which unite us, and it’s not God, Politics or football but an eternal sense of belonging and returning. That’s why ALMA MATER is the biggest Moonspell song. Enjoy it in its home country, our Alma Mater Portugal!!!”

Moonspell To Release “Lisboa Under The Spell” In August

Moonspell have announced that they will be releasing a new live DVD/Blu-ray/3CD set titled “Lisboa Under The Spell” on August 17. The effort was recorded at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon, Portugal on February 4, 2017. The band commented:

“We are thrilled to announce the release of our brand new live DVD/Blu-ray/3CD live album, entitled ‘Lisboa Under The Spell’! It was recorded live on our breathtaking capitol city of Lisbon and it’s nothing short of an epic trek of more than three action-packed hours! We have played ‘Wolfheart’, ‘Irreligious’ plus ‘Extinct’ in full, invited a bunch of guests, summoned our biggest strength to be up to the task, and it feels awesome to unleash a long-awaited live release from Moonspell. This edition will be full packed with amazing material, bonus CDs from the shows, a in depth documentary about the band, top sound, dramatic flair and a human picture of thousands of Portuguese witches and wolves under the spell. A great document of what we are on and off stage. Don’t miss out and visit Lisbon through the eyes of Moonspell fans and the genius work of director Victor Castro.”

Track Listing:

I – Rockumentary- band documentary by Victor Castro

II – “Wolfheart” Show – full album played live

01. Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
02. Love Crimes
03. Of Dream And Drama
04. Lua D’inverno

05. Trebaruna
06. Ataegina
07. Vampiria
08. An Erotic Alchemy
09. Alma Mater

III – “Irreligious” Show – full album played live

01. Perverse Almost Religious
02. Opium
03. Awake!
04. For A Taste Of Eternity
05. Ruin & Misery
06. A Poisoned Gift
07. Raven Claws (feat. Mariangela Demurtas)
08. Mephisto
09. Herr Spiegelmann
10. Fullmoon Madness

IV – “Extinct” Show – full album played live

01. All Gone From The Wild (intro)
02. Breathe (Until We Are No More)
03. Extinct (feat. Carolina Torres)
04. Medusalem
05. Domina
06. The Last Of Us
07. Malignia
08. Funeral Bloom
09. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark

V – Making Of – show day

VI – Gallery – live and backstage pics