Moonspell Announce “Irreligious” And “Hermitage” Livestream Shows

Moonspell will be playing two livestream concerts in Lisbon, Portugal this month. The first one will be held on June 18 and it will find the band performing “Irreligious” in full. The second one will be held on June 19 and it will find the band performing “Hermitage” in full.

Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“We all took a big fall with the COVID situation. It has been challenging to keep the band together and the fans motivated. Our legs were crushed but we are back on our feet and want to walk at your side again. We will not only celebrate the incredible 25th anniversary of one of our most fundamental albums (‘Irreligious’) but finally have the chance to unveil the absolute and quite powerful charm of ‘Hermitage’ songs on stage. It’s Moonspell like you never seen us before. It’s being together again. Our time has come.”

Tickets can be found HERE. Notably, 300 fans will be in attendance at each show.

In other news, Moonspell will also be reissuing “Irreligious” as a deluxe box set with the LP and a 12″ triangle-shaped disc EP featuring “Fullmoon Madness” and a live version of the track. An exclusive tape, slipmat, and more will also be included. The items in the set are also expected to be available separately as well.

Paradise Lost Announce 2022 UK Tour With Moonspell

Paradise Lost have announced a 2022 UK tour with Moonspell. Here’s the dates:

02/05 Leeds, UK – The Warehouse (no Moonspell)
02/06 Colchester, UK – Arts Centre (no Moonspell)
02/07 Norwich, UK – Waterfront (no Moonspell)
02/08 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 (no Moonspell)
02/09 Stoke, UK – Sugarmill (no Moonspell)
02/11 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
02/12 Newcastle, UK – Riverside
02/13 Wolverhampton, UK – KK’s Steel Mill
02/14 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
02/16 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
02/17 Bristol, UK – SWX
02/18 London, UK – Electric Ballroom

Moonspell Premiere “The Hermit Saints” Video

Moonspell have premiered a new video for their new song “The Hermit Saints.” This track is from the band’s new album “Hermitage,” which will be released tomorrow (February 26). Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“‘The Hermit Saints’ unveils even further secrets about our forthcoming album, ‘Hermitage’. Make no mistake: this is a METAL song played according to Moonspell’s own signature and rules. This song tells you about the holiness and unholiness of men, about the duality between saints and sinners. It tells of the fever that makes us cross into the desert of our own existences, perpetually looking out for the cure, that will never come until we change our ways. Many might go. Few will come back. Lock the gates, behold ‘The Hermit Saints’.”

Moonspell Premiere “All Or Nothing” Video

Moonspell have premiered a new video for their new song “All Or Nothing.” This track is from the band’s new album “Hermitage,” which will be released on February 26. Fernando Ribeiro commented:

“The video for ‘All Or Nothing’ was recorded in an empty theatre in Portugal and it’s symbolic of our days. Solitude dominates our lives and we divide our attentions and heartbeats at the groove of darkness and hope. At the mercy of all that can be and the nothing that we have to deal with right now. It’s a song that relies on a more intimate melodic frame, emotional, autobiographic almost, about the joy and the sorrow that is being in a band. Life is a game you cannot win. You just have to play. Our job is done, we brought you joy. Every now and then.”

Moonspell Premiere “Common Prayers” Video

Moonspell have premiered a new video for their new song “Common Prayers.” This track is from the band’s new album “Hermitage,” which will be released on February 26.

The group commented:

“Directed by Guilherme Henriques and featuring the actress, singer and performer Aurora Pinho, this clip was shot 90 meters below the surface at the amazing caves of Grutas de Mira de Aire, one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders.

With a classy Gothic and catchy feel, this is Moonspell’s at their best songwriting skills. The lyrical content is “perverse, almost religious” and deals with the 18th century pregnancy surge amidst Portuguese nuns. Twenty century demolitions and excavations unearthed the bones of hundred of children, revealing the sad faith of Jesus’ son’s and daughters

You are a common prayer!”

Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro added:

“Political? Religious? Who the fuck cares, really? Music is, for Moonspell, about self-expression, and we are old enough to pick our battles. ‘Common Prayers’ is the kind of song we love to write, sensual, different, with a to-die-for chorus. ‘Hermitage’ is coming your way. You can run, but you cannot hide. Staying safe is staying smart. Say a prayer!”

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.”