Portugal's Moonspell have returned with a new collection which showcases the material they have released in the 90's and early 2000's and you can hear both the black and gothic metal phases of the bands musical career and this is a review of their 2021 compilation album "The great Silver Eye" which was released by MDD Records.
Clean playing and keyboards which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the songs start off the compilation while the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody. Grim black emtal screams can also be heard quite a bit throughout the compilation along with the songs also adding in a great amount of clean goth metal style vocals.
All of the musical instruments on the compilation also have a very powerful sound to them while some tracks also add in some whispered vocals. Touches of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the music along with some songs also adding in spoken word parts as well as some songs also adding in elements of gothic rock.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic style along with some tracks also adding in a small amount of female vocals as well as some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length, percussion can also be heard briefly and one track also introduces trip hop style beats onto the compilation, as the compilation progresses touches of industrial can also be heard and when the music finally speeds up blast beats are utilized for a few seconds. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Vampirism, Macabre Poetry and Philosophical themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Moonspell and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vampiria" "Raven Claws" "Soulsick" and "Capricorn At Her Feet". 8 out of 10.