Moonspell - _Darkness and Hope_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Chris Flaaten (
Moonspell are back. Rumours from Century Media indicated that Moonspell would return to the style from _Irreligious_, with the heaviest atmospheres they have ever written. Sadly, these rumours are unfounded. Still, this is a clear improvement from the utterly disappointing _The Butterfly Effect_. With a simpler and less noisy style, Moonspell now play a mellow blend of rock and metal. It is quite soothing at times, but I miss the tension from _Irreligious_ and the variation from _Sin_. The first half of the album is clearly stronger than the second, although track ten, "Than the Serpents in My Arms", deserves an honorable mention. They have managed to sound very "Moonspell" despite yet again changing their style of music. This shows how important the guitar sound and vocals are for this band's identity. This album releases Moonspell from the hospital, but they need to regain some long-lost energy before they can be declared as perfectly healthy again.
(article published 12/8/2001)
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