This is a zine dedicated to Symphonic and gothic metal

REVIEW OF THE ALBUM “EXTINCT” BY MOONSPELL 2015

Moonspell - Extinct (album).jpgTree years after their last very good work with the album ” Alpha Noir / Omega White , moonspell are back with the album ” Extinct”.

” Extinct” contains ten songs and the whole album is about 45 minutes.this album is the eleventh studio album.

Album by album the band change their style and roots but still they are one of the best gothic bands.maybe the sound is less dark but the vocals of Fernando Ribeiro are unique .He sings both with clean and powerful vocals.

Let’s see track by track all the songs of the album:

1. “Breathe (Until We Are No More)” :

The track opens with nice guitar work and the dark vocal of Fernando enters as clean voice to turn to harsh and again to clean.The keyboard sounds melodic with exotic touch.

RUNNING TIME: 5.33

RATING : 8.5/10

2. “Extinct” :

Solid pounding drums opens the track and comes the wild male voice with pure gothic sound. A classical sounding Moonspell’s song. All these years Fernando prove to us that he has one of the best voice in our genre .Here  The guitar riffs are so good .Excellent song!

RUNNING TIME: 4.42

RATING : 10/10

3. “Medusalem” : 

So here we have a track with Arabian Folk elements and some Middle Eastern sounds with gothic male vocals.The performance is strong , a song witch make you to walk dreamy in the desert sands under the electric guitar solos and the deep gothic voice.

RUNNING TIME: 5.06

RATING : 10/10

4. “Domina” :

In the same motivo and this song with some sound memories of the album ” Night Eternal” very atmospheric.All the instruments in this song sounding harmonic and emotional.

RUNNING TIME: 5.09

RATING : 9.5/10

5. “The Last of Us” :

In about three minutes song Moonspell manage to make a very good track in the path of gothic rock pieces with low melodic vocals and good guitar riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 3.26

RATING : 9/10

6. “Malignia” :

Hypnotic and thin ice sounding keyboard opens the track . The clean vocals turn to growls with mystic tones.Technically the vocals of Ribeiro is one step above of every other singer.Why? This is because his voice has passion, emotional diversity and unique style.

RUNNING TIME: 5.06

RATING : 9/10

7. “Funeral Bloom” 

Epic dramatically male vocals , one more brilliant performance of one man show!

RUNNING TIME: 4.10

RATING : 8.5/10

8. “A Dying Breed” : 

Here we run a piece with many symphonic elements but still in pure gothic sound.After the slowly start the song become faster and heavier.Very good orchestration.

RUNNING TIME: 4.29

RATING : 9.5/10

9. “The Future Is Dark” : 

The album calm down with this track.Fernando vocals are clean soft but also emotional under one very good sounding keyboard and elegant guitar riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 5.09

RATING : 9/10

10. “La Baphomette” :

And what song ends the album? One surprise! Fernando sing in French with ghostly voice and the sound has old jazz elements.Keep the dark feeling that bring to you always this band!

RUNNING TIME: 2.48

RATING : 9.5/10

Finally Moonspell make an album different in style from the others but you will like their work.At least they remain faithful in their original gothic metal sound . The future is not only dark , is Moonspell!

RATING : 9.25/10

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