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Darkness and Hope
September 2001
Released: 2001, Century Media
Rating: 3.7/5
Reviewer: El Cid

I think the title says it all. Darkness being a bad thing in this case because it’s how I’d describe their last 2 albums (Sin/Pecado and the Butterfly Effect) which sucked beyond anything the Portuguese band had done before and Hope because I had heard from some fellow metalheads than Moonspell had again found their roots and were returning to their former glory.

So I stood at the Metal store and I listened to a few tracks carefully chosen by the clerk. The outcome? I don’t know. It’s on-off-on-off-on-off you’d think you’re listening to one song out off Irreligious and one song from the butterfly effect and here and there you find a song that’s conveniently settled in between Wolfheart and Sin/Pecado.

I really don’t know what to make out of this one… The beginning of the album is very intriguing and even brings hope that Moonspell has gone back to their roots but the second half of the album really holds a close resemblance to The butterfly Effect which in turn holds a very close resemblance to a big pile of dog poo (ed. note: GRRRRRR!!!!).

In all I have discussed it with a couple of fellow metalheads and a bunch of them seem to think that this is an attempt to win back some of the old fans without losing the new ones, I guess I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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