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Conquerors Of The World brought defiance and skill to NYC’s Gramercy Theater last night, an awesome venue I always try and catch good tours at. The staff is generally really cool, the sound is really consistent and they book a fair amount of good metal shows. Deathstars, Moonspell and Septicflesh are reaching the end of a “long hot” tour (as described by a nonetheless enthusiastic vocalist Fernando Ribiero of Portugal’s darkest sons. There was no sign of road fatigue in the swagger and theatrical bravado of these three great bands, though there were some merch sizes no longer available this late in the tour.

Septicflesh from Athens are perhaps the most consistently ambitious band in metal. I’m listening to Sabbath Assembly’s 18 minute cult hit masterpiece “The Four Horseman” (not a Metallica cover). As the music and chanting about babies and Lucifer with lush and sultry vocals takes me away on this half lit rainy morning, still tired from a long late train ride back home two hours from NYC, I am left in awe and thanks of bands who work their craft to the white-knuckle bone.

Titan on Prosthetic Records has some critics saying it is too similar to the previous release from the band, but really is that a valid complaint? If you are bitching about a huge orchestral arrangement paired with psychotic technique, the utmost heavy speed and nightmare imagery upheaving the soul with important questions of self and the cosmos being too redundant, um…go take out your trash or something. Seth Siro Anton led the Greek demi-gods in a hellraising charge that had the crowd screaming the band’s name and getting down hard, especially ine heavy, somewhat slower bridge riff of new fang bang “Order Of Dracul”. I had to send Androniki Skoula from Chaostar a hyper message to tell her how excited I was to finally be seeing Septicflesh live.

The kick ass top to bottom show was on the same night as the annual Black N Blue Bowl at the old Ritz (Webster Hall) and while it featured my friends in Candiria and Bad Brains this year along with other great bands like 100 Demons and Madball, I still went to Gramercy. I’d been bugging Prosthetic publicist Kelly about this tour since like the split second after it was announced, though I wish they’d been on different weekends.

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Album Review: Moonspell – “Extinct”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM (PST)


The shadows part again and reveal a glimpse to the other side of mirrored realms, or perhaps the reflection of horrors we see is actually the truth? Portugal’s Moonspell  have proven through their career they are one of the most ambitious bands metal has EVER produced and their newest Extinct continues this. It’s deep reunion with their gothic tendencies but still full of anthemic black clouds of brooding riffs (such as the title track “Extinct”).

“Breathe in, breathe out. You’ve reached the top of the chain”. Opening cut “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” captures the striving yet destructive poles humankind’s pendulum swings between , set to a knife-edged hard rock soundtrack with symphonic gusto.

On this album, Guitarists Ricardo and Pedro deftly set up cunning and exciting momentum for poetic vocalist Fernando’s moody, low croon or the times he lets go and unleashes one of the heaviest and blackest screams in heavy metal. The keys, strings and as always the excellent drumming of Mike Gaspar really make this a very even listeing experience you can enjoy the whole way through. “Medusalem” is one of their more brilliant songs in years, really triumphant and practically sending imagery and pathos leaping from the speakers, especially during the otherworldly almost Moroccan sounding solo section, which is hard to even describe.

This is not their heaviest album by any means. Fans looking for those should check out Night Eternal or Memorial, which will rip your faces off though also contain more mist shrouded numbers as well. Extinct however is a very potent and somewhat different brew. “Funeral Bloom” is one of the best songs they’ve ever written, a big rock statement that floats way above genre limits to feel like they just made some death rock song to rival U2 for stadium grandeur (I wish).

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Moonspell announce North American tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM (PST)


Portuguese goth metallers Moonspell have announced the “American Noir” tour 2014.

The tour will kick off on January 31 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and will run through seventeen shows, wrapping up on February 20 in Toronto, ON.

Moonspell are currently touring in support of 2012’s Alpha Noir.

Check out supporting bands, a teaser video and tour dates here.

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Moonspell announce new tour

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM (PST)

MOONSPELL ALFA NOIR OMEGA WHITE 2012 Portuguese metallers Moonspell have announced that they are returning to North American for a headline tour in 2014. The “America Noir” tour will begin January 31st in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and is currently scheduled to run through February 20th in Toronto, ON.

The band is touring in support of their latest release 2012’s Alpha Noir.

For more information on the tour click here.

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Death Wolf Swedish blackened punk-metallers Death Wolf are making their great North American touring debut! To celebrate this occasion they are streaming their new album II: Black Armoured Death over at

You can listen to the stream here.

II: Black Armoured Death will be released in America on March 19th via Century Media Records.

The tour includes Marduk, Moonspell, Inquisition and The Foreshadowing and will run across the U.S. and Canada spanning twenty-four stops that will end in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16th.

Check out the tour dates here.

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The poetic yet raw and primal Moonspell have always been one of the smartest, most self-aware acts in heavy metal, a band who represent their native Portugal and yet have a creative drive that is unlimited by geographic boundaries or styles. If anything, the full massive complexity of this band with black metal and gothic roots often goes over people’s heads who are distracted by the “sensationalist” lycanthrope elements of their aesthetic. Thankfully, with two new releases “Alpha Noir” and “Omega White” (Napalm), Moonspell underscore more than ever the many shades of enlightened ritual they are capable of mastering.

Highlights of the two records are many. “Opera Carne” opens with a riff that could become Moonspell’s own “Symptom of the Universe”, just a monster intro that churns and builds before bursting upwards into a different truly uplifting melodic flight (or descent) on dark wings. “White Skies” and “Herodisiac” are both new songs that are completely bewitching, unfurling the gothic, melodic Moonspell enchantment like only this band can cast. I could go on and on.

“Alpha Noir” is like screaming at your face. It’s a solar album, an Apollonian record. The dark envelope with a white letter of motivation inside with messages of self esteem at any price and beneath any oppression. It has the spirit of its time and the reaction to its time’s shortcomings,” muses Ribeiro. “After the arena, “Omega White” is the healing room. The murmur upon the lips, the ones who left you, (physically or otherwise), the lust you will never experience, the chamber of the Queen.”

It was great to have an incredible interview with Fernando Ribeiro about metal “purity”, light and dark duality, history, literature, influences and more. To read the piece click HERE.

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Cover Art Battle: Spells, Livestock, & Bones

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:27 PM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

May continues with more stunning albums and album cover art. You, my fellow heathens and cretins, once again have an opportunity to vote your asses off. So get going and cast your ballots here!

P.S. – This week you get two votes!

***WINNER*** Hung – Hung (The End)

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Music Video Teaser: Moonspell- “White Skies”

Posted by XxCrashQueenxX on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM (PST)

Moonspell has released a teaser for their upcoming video for the song “White Skies” off of their Omega album. The official video will be released on May 11th.

To see the video click here.

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Moonspell previews Alpha Noir and bonus album Omega White

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM (PST)

Portuguese metal band Moonspell have put up a preview of their upcoming album Alpha Noir and the bonus album Omega White. Alpha Noir/Omega White is set for release on Friday, April 27, 2012 via Nuclear Blast and is a follow up to their 2008 album Eternal Night. You can listen to it here.

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Music Video: Moonspell – Lickanthrope

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM (PST)

Portuguese metal band Moonspell have released a video for the song “Lickanthrope” off their upcoming album Alpha Noir/Omega White on Napalm Records. The album is a follow up to the bands 2008 album Night Eternal on SPV Records and you can watch it here.

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Moonspell featured on free “Gothic Metal” Compilation

Posted by Geoffy-Dee on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM (PST)

Portugese epic power Metallers Moonspell have been featured on a downloadable free gothic metal release from The free album also features Evensong, Diathra and Saralee

Moonspell is about to embark on a South American tour, and will also be featured on the “70,000 Tons of Metal” tour, as part of a cruise featuring a variety of heavy metal acts.

To download the compilation for free, Click Here

For a complete track list, Click here

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Posted by Lucas Riot on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 1:48 AM (PST)
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