31st of March 2015 on Moonspell tour bus in Paris, France Interviewed by Oliver Manso
Moonspell keyboardist Pedro Paixão
The Road to Extinction European tour was a great success for Moonspell, with many sold out gigs in France, Portugal and the UK. They also sold a good number of VIP tickets for their most loyal wolves, which was something they have never done before. Their brand new album “Extinct” has been praised by the international critics and has also been a commercial success so far. It entered the charts of several European countries and was even number 1 in Portugal.
Before the beginning of their concert in Paris, I interviewed keyboardist Pedro Paixão with the presence of their tour manager Bruno Fernandes (previously known in Portugal for singing in several extreme metal acts such as The Firstborn and Nephtys). After interviewing vocalist Fernando Ribeiro two months ago, it was interesting to get a new point of view from the current kings of gothic metal in their luxurious tour bus.
It has been a sunny day for once in London and the queue to get in The Underworld venue tonight goes around the block. Insomnium and Moonspell are here and fans are waiting already even if the doors open in thirty minutes.When I get in Moonspell is doing a signing session at their merch stand, as well as taking photos with their fans.Read the rest of this entry »
Legendary dark metallers and NAPALM RECORDS recording artists MOONSPELL will be joining the “Voices from the Dark” tour next month, touring alongside MARDUK, INQUISITION, DEATH WOLF, and THE FORESHADOWING. Sponsored by Hails & Horns magazine and currently spanning 24 dates across North America, the “Voices from the Dark” tour begins February 20th in Springfield, Virginia and concludes March 16th in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are the CONFIRMED dates/venues:
HAILS & HORNS MAGAZINE PRESENTS “VOICES FROM THE DARK ” TOUR F. MARDUK / MOONSPELL / INQUISITION / THE FORESHADOWING / DEATH WOLF
2/20 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/21 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/22 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/23 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
2/24 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
2/25 – Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
2/26 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
2/27 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
2/28 – Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/01 – Winnipeg, MB @ Osborne Village Inn
3/02 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
3/03 – Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
3/04 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
3/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
3/06 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/07 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
3/08 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Opera House
3/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
3/10 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
3/11 – Albuquerque, NM @ TBC
3/12 – Dallas, TX @ Tomcats West
3/13 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
3/15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
MOONSPELL vocalist/founder commented on his band’s upcoming North American tour: “The time for a North American tour is finally up, and we are proud to return overseas to bring you all the darkened magic of our Portuguese legend and sound, a rebellion made of passion and communion with the fans. We invite you all to witness the charm and power of Alpha Noir and Omega White, but also to celebrate with us our 20th anniversary as a band and time-travel with us to Wolfheart, Irreligious, and songs never played before in the American territory. The time has come to gather the pack – let the games begin!!!”
A web-friendly ad-mat for the tour is available here, and also in hi-res upon request:
The Invisible Orange, in partnership with Congregate Events, presents this unique evening of eclectic extreme music. Co-headlined by Swedish black metal legends Marduk and Portuguese veterans Moonspell this is neither a package any harsh metal enthusiast should miss, nor one that Vancouver may again see the likes of.
With the bill rounded off by Colombian Satanic assault of Inquisition, the brooding melodies of The Foreshadowing (from Italy) and the merciless speed of Death Wolf (featuring members of Marduk) this promises to be an evening you can’t afford to miss.
Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings Street)
March 5, 2013 at 6:00pm
Tickets $30 advance / $35 at the door
On sale at Scrape Records and Ticketweb.ca
The Foreshadowing joins Marduk And Moonspell For ‘Voices From The Dark’ North American Tour Swedish black metallers MARDUK and Portugal’s dark, gothic heavy hitters MOONSPELL will join forces for the “Voices From The Dark” North American co-headlining tour in February/March 2013. Support on the trek will come from Colombian/American black metal rising demons INQUISITION, Italy’s gothic melodic sensation THE FORESHADOWING, and Sweden’s dark rock/metal band DEATH WOLF (featuring MARDUK members).
States Alex from THE FORESHADOWING: “It will be our first time in North America and we are very proud to hit the road with such great bands!!! Are you ready to be part of the Second World?”
THE FORESHADOWING’s most recent album, Second World, was released in North America on August 14th, 2012. The album has been widely praised by fans and critics alike as one of the top doom releases of 2012. Listen to the single Ground Zero, and order Second World now at metalblade.com/theforeshadowing.
Make sure to watch the visually striking clip to the furious song “Lickanthrope” on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL! The clip will be available starting at 17:00CET! The track is taken from the upcoming album “Alpha Noir”, which will be released on 27 April! Pre-Order your copy and merchandise HERE!
“Alpha Noir” will be released on 27 April and will also be available as a deluxe special edition incl. the musical twin “Omega White”. Both masterpieces were produced and mixed by Tue Madsen, pre-produced by Benny Richter. The band will present the new songs at the upcoming summer festivals. The double album “Alpha Noir” / “Omega White” will be played in its entirety at Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno, that holds 5000 fans, with the most daring stage set and visuals the band has ever tried. The full statement from Fernando Ribeiro is available below!
A true band has to have a glorious past, a solid present, and a bright future. More than that, a true band has to know how to live through all these seasons, dealing with their ghosts, their shadows, their aim at the light, moulding darkness with personality, with the impulse to be better, to do better while getting close to theirselves. Their true heart, soul and flesh. Never has a Moonspell album come so close to being the new opus magna (masterpiece). “Alpha Noir” is scheduled to be proudly released by Napalm Records on the 27th of April, when spring racks through the wastes of winter, bursting new colors over familiar sights, once silent and white, yet now fiery under the blackest of suns.
The concept of this new record, painstakingly composed by the Portuguese gothic metal knights over the past three years, following the critically acclaimed “Night Eternal”, is bulletproof. The band managed to split their heart and soul in half, and the result is that they came even closer to themselves: the ambitious band they always were with a undying wish to not claim any throne, but to build their own ships that would take them and their fans to “give new worlds to the world”, like in the Age of Discovery, where the Portuguese were a leading force in the world.
With their country drowned in a corrosive crisis, Moonspell filled their lungs with pride and created an incendiary album, with nine outbursts of their rockiest and thrashier riffs made superiorly dimensioned by the reindivictative lyrical content and songs structure that take you by storm from the get-go. Moonspell has tapped a notch into their energy-filled gothic metal by adding a guitar wall forged by timeless artists: Bathory, King Diamond, and even old thrash metal legends like Onslaught and Metallica’s early Works, or Testament and Artillery make Alpha Noir a truly surpring and fresh record, in which all the songs have climax with a high-tension charm that will for sure electricize live audiences everywhere.
Songs like the title track (Alpha Noir), the infectious “Versus”, the wolf hymn “Lickanthrope”, or the in- Portuguese-sung “Em nome do Medo” (In the Name of Fear), as well as the closing epic “Grandstand”, might get you a welcoming chilling revisitation of the past, but make no mistake: “Alpha Noir” is a leap of faith and a belief in their writing skills and progressive musicianship.
Together with “Alpha Noir”, packed in a deluxe and special edition on digipack, Moonspell and Napalm offer no live DVD, “making of”, or any other kind of filler. Instead, they put another offering on the table: “Ómega White”, the musical twin of “Alpha Noir”; a collection of eight songs of pure atmosphere and shadow, close to their breakthrough album “Irreligious”, in a just homage to their Type O Negative and Sisters of Mercy roots. Tracks like the erotic “Herodisiac”, the catchy “White Skies” or the heartbreaking “Whiteomega” will certainly keep you in dark company through a night of fear and loss, both soothing and provoking. Both masterpieces were produced and mixed by Tue Madsen and pre-produced by Benny Richter!
“Each song a jewel; each song a stronghold!” Keep your watch and do not miss this new Moonspell record, for it is a true mortal sin to stay away from these eighty minutes of music, beautifully and violently carved by one of the most legendary and imaginative bands ever to surface the European scene. Do not forget to get your hands on this masterpiece and to catch the band live at any one of the summer festivals around Europe. “Alpha Noir”/”Omega White” will also be played in their entirety in Lisbon’s Campo Pequeno to 5,000 fans and with the most daring stage set and visuals the band has ever tried.
Let Me Hear You Scream Sweden Rockkkk.Well the annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal Rules.com team is already into it’s 11th year! The 2011 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock in the line-up. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide and the ticket price had risen a little bit. ver these 11 years of coverage, it has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather once again showed positive and negative aspects like in 2010. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die!!!
Portugal’s biggest metal band of all time is also ranks among the pioneers of Gothic metal, along the likes of Type O Negative, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Katatonia. Especially Moonspell’s debut album “Wolfheart” (1995) ranks among the classics of the genre with its rough black metal edges around the ominous core. After a number of years and releases of a more experimental, poppier kind, Moonspell returned to their heavy origins on “Under Satanae” (2007) and “Night Eternal” (2008) – to the delight of their fans. Moonspell are currently working on their tenth album, that singer Fernando Ribeira promises will be their darkest, sexiest and heaviest in ages. Excellent timing, with the band’s first SRF-performance coming up.
Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
Jason & the Scorchers
Dan Reed Band
The tickets to Sweden Rock Festival 2011 are now released and you buy them directly online at our homepage.
Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have issued the following update:
“The Portuguese Postal Service (CTT, Correios de Portugal) will issue a collection of stamps that represent the most significant rock moments and records from Portugal. (Moonspell’s 1995 album) Wolfheart was chosen and it will have an official stamp of itself, reproduced below.
This is an official stamp and it will be sold in every post office in the Portuguese territory from July 19th on and it costs 1€ and it can be used as national and international postage.
Being that the whole of our carreer kickstarted as penfriends and tapetraders we could not think of a more perfect and suitable distinction. In three days we share the stage with FAITH NO MORE and ALICE IN CHAINS in Optimus Alive Lisbon.
In the meanwhile the band is working on their new album, “the most exciting, sexier, darker, heavier and catchier stuff we wrote in ages!”
The album is due to be released in 2011. You can catch the band live at Summer Festivals and on the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January 2011.”
Wacken is a blessed mecca of the whole metal world. Again this year it was entirely sold out when ten thousands of metal manics travelled from all around the world to gather and witness plenty of ass kicking bands. The weather forecast for Wacken didn’t look that promising. The chaotic and muddy mess caused by long and heavy rains rampaged the ground during the whole summer. The festival often provides a survival test to every visitor with its mud and crap. But but gods of metal had seen the light and blessed the whole three day metal inferno with tremendous extreme heat and a sunny weekend. Things could not be better…sun, metal and beer. That combination is nothing but an utter perfect way to enjoy the metallic mayhem at Wacken.
As usual, the true metal commando team from Metal-Rules.Com was there again witnessing a helluva lot of great bands and above all an unexpected huge fire in the main area. Feel, see and enjoy this article.
Review and pics by Luxi Lahtinen and Arto Lehtinen
(additional comments by Mika Hankaniemi)
Once again the prestigious Tuska open air metal festival is here. Thousands of metalheads have travelled from all around Finland and other countries to the central park of Kaisaniemi in order to celebrate the real metal inferno in the middle of Helsinki. This year the Tuska metal festival celebrates its tenth anniversary and of course the offering of the line-up of bands is as colorful as in the previous events.
Getting the mighty Norwegian black metal legends like Emperor and Immortal have been the most awaited ones amongst the audience for sure. However although these so-called big black metal legends definitely attract more of the extreme metal fans, the festival is not limited to one certain metal category. Everyone has something to feel and see and taste during these three days. Above all, power metal had a strong line up – for example Blind Guardian and Stratovarius, being the most known names in Tuska?s bill in 2007.
The festival has become a real guaranteed pure metal festival and has had massive popularity amongst all kinds of metalheads of all ages. The majority of the tickets were already sold out quickly in the advance sales a long time ago. However there were some leftovers if someone was willing to buy, and taste a feeling of metal after all.
Metal-Rules.com was again at Tuska to give an exact review and article on bands. Therefore sit down and enjoy your reading.