Moonspell - _Night Eternal_
by: Kostas Sarampalis (
It looks like Moonspell have finally fully bounced out of the creative confusion of their middle era and set themselves firmly on solid ground again. If anything, their last album _Memorial_ was a very clear indication of the band's aggressiveness in recapturing that spark that existed in their first few albums. _Night Eternal_ is, for lack of a more suave description, fucking sublime. "At Tragic Heights" opens the album in a threateningly dark mood that reminds of a more mature "Opium" and then erupts into one of the best songs they have ever written. Fast and aggressive, moody to the point of expressing fed up anger, with shredding guitar work and appropriately placed solos, blasting drums and Fernando growling to his heart content. In fact, this is a fitting description for most of the songs.The more-black-less-gothic approach works wonders this time, especially with the accentuation by some brilliant keyboard passages that enhance the music. "Night Eternal" and "Shadow Sun" are as aggressive as the opener. "Scorpion Flower" is another example of how Moonspell are equally comfortable nowadays with most elements of their past. Anneke van Giersbergen offers a deliciously erotic duet with Fernando on vocals, the likes of which one does not find very often, even in the duet-saturated genre of so-called gothic metal.Nary a song is out of place. It looks like Moonspell have put a lot of effort in making _Night Eternal_ their most focused work to date. And not only that, but they successfully amalgamate the various different facets of their early career into a cohesive collection of songs. Regardless of whether you were a fan of _Sin / Pecado_ (I most definitely was) or _The Butterfly Effect_ (I was not), the lessons learned through the experience of their creation infuse what the band has become in the present. _Night Eternal_ is perhaps not daring, but it is a deep, mature, intelligent and, most of all, a very enjoyable album.
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