Moonspell are a band from Portugal that has been around for more than 20 years and plays a mixture of black, goth and dark metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "!755" which will be released in November by Napalm Records.
Atmospheric keyboards start off the album along with some whispered vocals a few seconds later as well as a small amount of stringed instruments which also gives the songs more of a symphonic feeling while angry vocals which are also influenced by black metal are also a very huge part of the recording.
Male and female choir vocals can also be heard briefly while spoken word parts are also utilized at times along with some tracks also bringing in a small amount of clean playing and electronic musical elements and they also mix the classical influenced sound in with the heavier sections of the music.
When growls are utilized they add in a touch of death metal while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of melody along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic fashion and elements of ethnic/world music can also be heard in certain sections of the recording, all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when clean vocals are utilized they add in a touch of goth rock.
On this recording Moonspell remains true to their dark metal style of previous recording while also experimenting more with classical and world music as well as continuing their tradition of making each album sound different from each other, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are written in Portuguese and cover the culture of their home country along with some poetic touches.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording form Moonspell and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "1755" "Abanao" "Ruinas" and "Lanterna Dos Afogados". 8/5 out of 10.