(Album Review) “Hermitage” by MOONSPELL

(Album Review) “Hermitage” by MOONSPELL

The new album ‘Hermitage’ releases as the gothic metallers, Moonspell, approach their 30th anniversary. This is their 13th studio album and sees the band go all out with their sound delivering intense emotions and dark atmospheres.

“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.“

The album opens with ‘The Greater Good’, a rather ominous sounding title which brings a serene, yet slightly eerie, introduction. The smooth vocals, soaring leads and atmospheric synths create a heavenly mood. The build up through added percussion and layering of further instruments is both intriguing and gripping – the progression of this track is fantastic. So much is going on but it all flows seamlessly between each section. Heavier guitar tones and bass emphasise darker sections and contrast wonderfully with the soaring, ethereal sounds. ‘Common Prayers’ is more energetic than the previous track with a catchy rhythm that runs throughout the song. Moonspell continue their gothic atmosphere – they are able to maintain the distinctive aspect of their sound across different compositional styles.

Solitarian’ is a beautiful instrumental track that portrays oceans of emotion through the instrumentation. Their lyrical content plays an important part in the music. Moonspell have succeeded in the difficult task of conveying deep, intense emotion purely in the musical composition. Moonspell’s music have a unique edge that sees a wide range of instruments and styles used throughout the tracks on the new album. ‘Apoptheghmata’ sees a heavier sound brought in through distorted guitars, more aggressive vocal sections and the eerie accompaniment of organ melodies. Flowing into ‘Without Rule’, clean and shimmery guitar leads bring an ethereal element to the atmosphere before heavier guitars begin to emerge. The contrast of tones and textures results in some really interesting soundscapes.

‘Hermitage’ is a deeply intense album, both in terms of emotion and musicality. The tracks explore a wide range of soundscapes and ideas which complement each other well across the album. Drama and theatrics come through in the music but they’re not intrusive – all of the elements are well balanced.

Napalm Records Release: 26 February 2021

FORMATS:
LP GATEFOLD DELUXE EDITIONS (incl. Candlemass Cover “Darkness in Paradise”)
MEDIABOOK (incl. Candlemass Cover “Darkness in Paradise”)
CASSETTE (incl. Candlemass Cover “Darkness in Paradise”)
JEWELCASE
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
DELUXE BOX (incl 7’’ Vinyl special bonus track “The Great Leap Forward” + much more!)

MOONSPELL ONLINE:
www.moonspell.com
www.facebook.com/moonspellband
www.instagram.com/moonspellofficial
www.napalmrecords.com/moonspell

MOONSPELL LINE-UP:
Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pedro Paixão – Keys, Guitar
Aires Pereira – Bass
Hugo Ribeiro – Drums

Track list:

   01 – The Greater Good 5:04
   02 – Common Prayers 4:08
   03 – All or Nothing 7:22
   04 – Hermitage 4:43
   05 – Entitlement 6:16
   06 – Solitarian 4:07
   07 – The Hermit Saints 4:22
   08 – Apoptheghmata 5:41
   09 – Without Rule 7:42
   10 – City Quitter (Outro) 2:59

Check out the music video for “The Hermit Saints” by Moonspell below:

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