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Review: Moonspell - Memorial

Label: SPV
Year released: 2006
Duration: 49:22
Tracks: 13
Genre: Gothic/Death

Rating: 2.9/5

Review online: December 3, 2006
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating

Rated 3.9/5 (78.1%) (21 Votes)

Here's an idea – If you are a metal band and decide to shove 4 long and pointless instrumentals/intros on an album of 13 tracks, the remaining songs better blow me away. But wait, I'm not done yet. No, no. It gets better. Sitting through these sound effects infested and oh so artistic and fucking meaningless instrumentals is bad enough. But when we finally get to a real song, guess what happens? We get another couple of minutes before the song actually starts. And what is it that I hear before the song begins? Yep. You guessed it - more instrumental wanking and sound effects. Now don't get me wrong… I love to hear the lone sound of wind howling without end on an album. Fuck, if only somebody would release an album that is 70 minutes of non-stop wind-howling noises and sound effects, I would be stroking my Johnson all the way through. In case my sarcasm is not apparent, please note it now.

So that is that. This disc has annoyed me to extremes that do not normally occur when listening to a band I like. And Moonspell is definitely a band I like. So it is extra painful to mine through so much of this nonsense to get to the gold. And here's the dilemma – on "Memorial", when Moonspell are on, they are really on. Not since "Wolfheart" have we heard this band strike its prey like this. Tracks like "Finisterra", "Memento Mori" and "Sanguine" will rip your face off with no warning at all. The band has upped it quite a few notches and in terms of intensity levels, well we have not heard this much from Moonspell in the past. With the occasional blasts and never straying too far from the ferocious snarls and growls, the band has maintained its distinct identity in the genre where they pull in a lot of black and death metal on board. So the aforementioned three tracks have saved this album from complete savaging.

Oh and before I forget... There is a hidden track here. YES! Exactly the kind of gimmicks I love and desire out of every album! Boy oh boy! After the last song, the mandatory few minutes or so of silence come on and the hidden track then begins. Yeah my drool cannot be contained by my orifice at this point. And once again, take a guess. What do we get? A sound effects infested instrumental – bringing the total tally up to 5. Sorry boys… 3 songs is not going to cut it with this much fuckery along with it. Stay away… or download if you must.

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