Monday, July 28, 2008

Moonspell - Under the Moonspell (Ep) (192)


Mantus Iberius Daemonium: Six string occult citar
Tanngrisnir Imperator Ignis: Six string celtic harp
Langsuyar Tenebrarum Rex: Dramatic, erudit vox and passioned metaphors
Neophytus Lupus Maris: Ethnic and tragic ambience keys
Nisroth de Occulta Fraternitatis: Traditional, classical and vile percussions
Tetragrammaton Tremendae Majestatis: Four string arabid 'ud

All music by Moonspell
All additional instruments' compositions created by Moonspell & performed by:
Bisel flute - Sara Carreiras
Violin - Nuno Flores
Lyric feminin vox - Antonieta Lopes
Sara Arega moans on "Opus Diabolicum".
Arabic vocals on intro by Abdul Sewtea.
Timpan & gong cedeed by Sociedade Filarmónica Comércio e Indústria da Amadora.

Recorded between December '93 e.v. & January '94 e.v. in Edit Studio
Produced by Quim Monte
Mixed by Jorge Adónis & Moonspell.
Photos by Jason Williams - Back Door Press.
Logo by Christophe Szpajdel.

In 2001 Adippocere Records has repressed this cd again with some slighty
differences in the booklet.
There's also a picture (by Painkiller Records) and a normal edition in 12''

Review :

Although "Under the Moonspell" is not Moonspells first album it might easily be the earliest album available to the non-kvlt kids. Here we have a nice piece of Folk Metal. That's right I didn't use the term folk/black metal, because suffice to say there is none if even nairy a trace of black metal on this album.

Well no wait the lyrics are very pagan black metalish with the ideals of pagan gods, destroying the Christian God, and one of Moonspell's favorate Yep this could be in fact Moonspell's either most romantic or perviest album depending on your point of view.

The album opens up with what sounds like the mournful chant of some guy as a mideastern type tune plays in the background. Soon the drumming becomes faster but still maintains it's mideastern influence. This is a good intro by Moonspell, and they must have loved it too alot. If you listen to the intro song on "Sin/Pecado" you can in fact here this intro laced in with that intro.

The intro leads to the second song which is a quick paced folk metal song. Again I won't call it black metal because the music is too slow, there are no blast beats, and the guitar work is not based entirely around either speed metal or thrash metal which is normally what black metal uses for most of its riffs. The song opens up with a nice little shout and blast of music and the sound of demented laughter. The guitar riffs on this song and the other songs given are intricut little gems that make use of the scales in a plethora of differant effects. There are a few instances of simple thrash riffing but it usually never lasts too long. The bass follows within the same value as the guitar, meanings it's just as good as it. The drumming never goes off into the wanking world of blasterbation, and instead the drummer has made quite some interesting drumming patterns suitable for the likes of folk metal. The vocals are also more harsh than on other records although not as raspy as most black metal vocalists.

Now what makes each of the songs unique is the other instruments used. On the fourth song which is a tad bit slower you can hear the distinct use of a violin. For all of you pervs out there you can also here a woman having an orgasm, so that should make alot of you happy. Don't worry it's not some scream fest like in a certain CoF song.

Jumping back to the third song it's "almost" the same as the second song guitar, bass, and drumming wise. To make things a bit differant they did change up the riffs quite abit though. This song is also a bit slower than the second song although not as slow as the fourth song. There is also a nigh bit of chanting going on here as the vocalist sings mostly about sex, pagan sex, words of pagan sexual nature that normally translate to tits, cunt, dick, and boobies, and the idea of lust.

1.Allah Akbar! La Allah Ella Allah! (Praeludium / Incantatum Solstitium)01:51
2.Tenebrarum Oratorium (Andamento I / Erudit Compendyum - Interludium / Incantatum Oequinoctium)07:25[view lyrics]
3.Tenebrarum Oratorium (Andamento II / Erotic Compendyum)06:02[view lyrics]
4.Opus Diabolicum (Andamento III / Instrumental Compendyum)04:22[view lyrics]
5.Chorai Lusitânia! (Epilogus / Incantatam Maresia)01:46
Total playing time21:26

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