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Moonspell: Alpha Noir

"Moonspell returns to the scene with what might be the most important album ever to be released by this legendary Portuguese metal band. With a renewed focus, they have risen to a new level so as to reclaim their throne as the leading European dark metal band. Alpha Noir is a nine-track outburst that shows us a much more incendiary band than in the past." Thus reads the record company's blurb on Moonspell's latest, in no way putting pressure on the band to deliver the goods (as Judas Priest may well have put it.) Fortunately for all concerned Alpha Noir is a very fine slab of dark metal and one which should find a place in an overcrowded market.

What it has going for it are excellent, melodic songs which wouldn't be out of place on an Arch Enemy album (ooh, kiddie-metal shout the naysayers) and I mean that as a good thing as like Arch Enemy, Moonspell keep it heavy but remember to bring the tunes as well. This album combines top tunage with gothic atmospherics and should suit the dark/black/death/general metal fan in your life. At only a shade over forty minutes it doesn't outstay its welcome either but does come as a double CD version which wasn't available for review.

01. Axis Mundi 4:56
02. Lickanthrope 3:49
03. Versus 4:39
04. Alpha Noir 4:30
05. Em Nome Do Medo 4:27
06. Opera Carne 3:52
07. Love Is Blasphemy 4:31
08. Grandstand 4:53
09. Sine Missione 4:57

Added: May 15th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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