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Review: Moonspell - Night Eternal
Night Eternal

Label: SPV
Year released: 2008
Duration: 44:15
Tracks: 9
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
Night Eternal

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (20 Votes)

With the re-release and re-recording of Under Satanae,Moonspell sort of left aside their Gothic style and returned to their roots, Black Metal. I'm surprised to find them with SPV though, a label much more trendy/mainstream oriented and mostly interested in pimping Heavy/Power Metal. Hopefully that won't make them turn into another annoying UDO or Edgay!

Anyways, back are they now with new material and Moonspell have written on Night Eternal some good and strong music. Most compositions tend to be of the darker Black Metal style, while others have a bit of Gothic edge. The production is beefing up the sound quite nicely. The song structure is built around powerful riffs, muscular drumming, epic keyboards, clean arpeggios, melodic lines, intensity and varied vocals and paces. Fernando has one of the best clean and manly vocals I've heard, but he sure can throw in some wicked rasps when the tone asks for it. At times, Moonspell reminds me of Septic Flesh, but those Greek artists have a much deeper and mystical take on the Black Metal arts. My favorite songs on this new album are "At Tragic Heights", "Night Eternals", "Dreamless (Lucifer and Lilight)" and the crushing closing track, "First Light".

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