Moonspell - Night Eternal review


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Band: Moonspell
Album: Night Eternal
Release date: May 2008

Disc I [CD]
01. At Tragic Heights
02. Night Eternal
03. Shadow Sun
04. Scorpion Flower
05. Moon In Mercury
06. Hers Is The Twilight
07. Dreamless (Lucifer And Lilith)
08. Spring Of Rage
09. First Light
10. Age Of Mothers [limited edition bonus]
11. Earth Of Mine [limited edition bonus]
12. Unhearted [limited edition bonus]
13. Scorpion Flower (Dark Lush Cut) [acoustic version] [limited edition bonus]
14. Scorpion Flower (The Feeble Cut) [limited edition bonus]

Disc II [Live In Wacken Open Air DVD]
01. Finisterra
02. Memento Mori
03. Blood Tells
+ Finisterra [video]
+ Luna [video]
+ Finisterra [making of the video]

Since the album "Memorial", I think that everybody considers that Moonspell is definitely back to the top of the best of the best of the Metal scene. This album is considered as one of the best releases of the combo and since that day everybody was waiting for a great new release. We had the chance to listen to last year the re-edition of old songs through "Under Satanae" but now the time to talk about the new original release of Moonspell is coming. "Night Eternal", the new Moonspell is in my hand and luckily, one more time we will not be disappointed!

If you like "Memorial" I'm quite sure that you'll love "Night Eternal". Like the previous release of the band, "Night Eternal" is a lovely album of violent Gothic music. Fernando Ribeiro still sings with strong Death vocals which are maliciously mixed to fantastic dark melodies and sumptuous orchestrations. The music of "Night Eternal" is simply great, dark but beautiful, violent but touching and some songs like "First Light" are among the best writings of the combo. "Night Eternal" is really epic but with a really disturbing general ambiance. When I listen to this new album I really think that Moonspell is at the best of its art, the nine songs all have some great passages, the performances of the musicians are perfect and I even think that the first fans of the combo will find musical structures which will remind them the beginning of the combo. You'll maybe need some listening to totally fall in love with "Night Eternal" but in the end I'm sure that all the fans of Moonspell will pray the release.

Even if we will probably all agree on the point that "Night Eternal" is a great album, I have to regret though the lack of surprises of the release. I mean that "Night Eternal" simply follows the road of "Memorial". This is definitely not bad thing, "Memorial" is a great album and I will not whine or anything if the following next album is in the same vein but Moonspell was always a surprising and original band in the past (with good like bad tries) and I regret that this time the Portuguese have simply kept the recipe of their last release. Yes, "Night Eternal" is great and is probably one of the best releases of Moonspell but don't expect the little touch with "different things" this time , "Night Eternal" is amazing ok but not so surprising.

To date, "Night Eternal" is probably the deeper album of the Portuguese combo. Its production is fantastic (one more time this is Tue Madsen who was in charge to do it), the orchestrations are amazing, the performance of Anneke Van Giersbergen on "Scorpion Flower" is beautiful and really the epic and theatrical side of the album will give you shivers. "Night Eternal" must be considered as the great successor of "Memorial", you'll maybe not rediscover Moonspell through this CD but you can be sure that you'll listen to one of the most magisterial album of their discography. "Night Eternal" proves one more time that after some deceiving releases, Moonspell is finally back at the top with its last three releases.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Written by Jeff | 02.06.2008


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Moonspell has really been gaining popularity over the few years and luckily the good way.
Memorial was a fine album and explored new borders for Moonspell's musical direction and they even managed to win an MTV award with it!
Followed later with a release of their reworked demo which was an nice snack for the wait of their next album.

published 11.08.2008 | Comments (55)

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09.08.2008 - 20:14
Written by Elio on 09.08.2008 at 18:33

Written by BloodTears on 09.08.2008 at 18:10

Written by Tiago Rocha on 08.08.2008 at 13:04

is it just me or that 2nd track also shivered you out da hell of your soul man?? unbelievable...

It's inhuman really, so I wonder if it was a machine who made that

a machine couldn't know how to make us shiver its something for genius!

Machines help it, you have to agree.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.

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23.10.2008 - 02:49
Land Of Doom
A Special Album From Moonspell When I Heard It I Fell A Strength Full My Self And Body
We Only Fear What Comes
And Smell Death Every Day
Search For The Answers That Lie Beyond
11.12.2008 - 01:25
Definitely one of the best releases of 2008.
04.01.2009 - 21:16
OK,I'm not a Moonspell fan,myself,but I have to say something.
Is this album good?Hell yeah.Is the music beautiful and well written?Hell yeah.But,is it real metal?Hell no.I like listening to it from time to time,but it lacks speed and brutality to be anything more than relaxation music.For me at least.
02.07.2009 - 08:51
Liver Failure
Good review. I would probably give it an 8,5. Amazing atmosphere.

member of the true crusade against old school heavy metal, early 80s thrash, NWOBHM, traditional doom, first and second wave black metal, old school death metal, US power metal, 70s prog rock and atmospheric doomsludgestoner. o/
28.07.2009 - 18:52
Account deleted
Great band, great record.
18.04.2010 - 22:01
Listening to First light .It.s fuckin perfect as is this album and almost any work of Moonspell. 10.
Beware the Shadows of Dusk
02.12.2010 - 04:32
Written by Slayer666 on 04.01.2009 at 21:16

OK,I'm not a Moonspell fan,myself,but I have to say something.
Is this album good?Hell yeah.Is the music beautiful and well written?Hell yeah.But,is it real metal?Hell no.I like listening to it from time to time,but it lacks speed and brutality to be anything more than relaxation music.For me at least.

Metal is not only about "speed and brutality".
"Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehen, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein." - Friedrich Nietzsche

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