6/2/2006 - Review by: Troy Cole
Moonspell - Memorial - 2006 - SPV
Apparently the new deal with SPV has rejuvenated Moonspell and compelled them to record their best effort yet. Fernando is once again spewing forth his brand of Portugal death/black vocals for almost the entire album. As evident with the harsh and invigorating 'Finisterra'. Thats not to say he is not using the Gothic vocals and whispers we have become accustomed to. Now they are showcased sparingly and create a bone chilling atmosphere, 'Memento Mori' being the prime example. The heaviness and dark imagery are back in every song and permeated by pounding doubles and thick memorable guitar riffs. Just listen to the infectious guitars in 'Upon The Blood Of Men'. They have even incorporated some great instrumentals that add to the overall presence of evil.
This album could have easily been the follow up to Wolfheart but instead brings them full circle and back onto the path of metal glory. Memorial ends up being a blend of the best albums they have released the aforementioned Wolfheart and Irreligous coupled with the best elements of Type O Negative and Cradle Of Filth. Not a day goes by this disc doesn't find it's way into one of my CD players. Memorial is Moonspells finest hour...this is the release Moonspell fans have been waiting for!
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Label Site: SPVUSA
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