Moonspell - Memorial review
|Release date:||April 2006|
Disc I [CD]
01. In Memoriam
03. Memento Mori
04. Sons Of Earth
05. Blood Tells
06. Upon The Blood Of Men
07. At The Image Of Pain
10. Once It Was Ours!
11. Mare Nostrum
13. Best Forgotten
14. Atlantic [Special Luxury Digipak bonus]
15. Phantom North [Portuguese bonus]
Disc II [DVD]
01. Memento Mori [Live at CC estúdio 2]
02. Blood Tells [Live at CC estúdio 2]
03. Best Forgotten [Live at CC estúdio 2]
04. In Memoriam [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
05. Finisterra [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
06. Memento Mori [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
07. Blood Tells [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
08. Proliferation [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
09. Upon The Blood of Men [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
+ Finisterra [video]
+ Luna [video]
+ Making Of Finisterra [video]
The spell of the dark moon is back. Portugal's number one act returns with the anticipated "Memorial". An old fan of the band like me knows that Moonspell's motto is evolution. Thus, not two albums from them sound the same. Follow-up to 2005's "The Antidote" - which had taken a more direct approach to their music - this year's album definitely harbors the darker side of it, which will regroup fans of their darker period with enthusiasts of their more recent albums.
Pushing the influences up to including chilling backing vocals a la Dimmu Borgir on some tracks, the first picture of "Memorial" is indeed a darker album than I would have expected. But that's exactly what makes it exceptional.
Indeed, Moonspell exorcised its old demons - or rather summoned them - to blend their evil Black Metal sound with symphonic elements such as a choir and Fernando Ribeiro's vocals with a gloomy atmosphere throughout, perfectly backed up by eerie keyboards and dissonant guitar solos.
'Upon The Blood Of Men', 'Sanguine' and 'Once It was Ours' are the highlights of "Memorial". Both songs are dark and intricate but enthralling, even though 'Sanguine' could be a track from the "Opium" period of the band albeit the violins. 'Once It Was Ours' has that hypnotic quality common to some of the band's great compositions such as 'Opium' and 'Darkness And Hope'.
Also to be mentioned, 'Luna' is the most accessible song of the album. Featuring extra female vocals a la Lacuna Coil evolving in a more relaxed atmosphere than the other tracks, it holds a rather memorable melody.
A total fusion of Moonspell's musical eras with a perfect production, "Memorial" has to be held as one of this year's best releases regardless of the category.
Written on 26.04.2006 by
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