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Review: Moonspell - Under Satanae
Under Satanae

Label: SPV
Year released: 2007
Duration: 50:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 19, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Under Satanae

Rated 3.85/5 (76.92%) (13 Votes)

I remember Moonspell as a good Gothic band with warm vocals and so on; well at least that's what I heard on Darkness and Hope, which I purchased a while ago. I was surprised by this "new" album showing a horned beast, with a title like Under Satanae, a "new" direction for the band! In fact, it's quite the opposite!

This release breaks down into three parts. First, you have the re-recording of all the songs from their 1994 album, Under the Moonspell; then a rawer Black Metal that goes by the name of Anno Satana, ending by their first ever recorded song, Serpent Angel. All these consist actually of all the pre-Wolfheart songs. With this collection you can witness Moonspell's roots and early inspirations. Their take on Black Metal is one of high quality, sophistication and good taste. The songs are filled with harmonious and melodic arrangements, a certain theatrical wickedness, while throwing in the mix some Oriental tones at times, as well as the always appreciated acoustic guitar playing its ambient role. The heavyweight trio of pounding drums, strong bass and crunchy riffs are, as always, the main course in this metal feast. Great vocals across the board whether you like the harsher/rasp, the whispers or the spoken style.

Many great tracks here such as: just about all the Under the Moonspell plus, Goat on Fire and Serpent Angel.

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