Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell are all set to release their
eleventh record, ‘Extinct’, a unique
blend of superlative musicality and splendid songwriting! ‘Extinct’ speaks volumes of the exceptional manner in which the
band has evolved through its delivery of melodious as well as catchy musical
illustrations. The new album explores plenty of new areas and stands out as an
independent record in Moonspell’s discography.
musical odyssey begins with the track “Breathe
(Until We Are No More)”, which is a fantastic blend of soft, laid-back
verses that lead to rather hard-hitting choruses, beautiful keyboard work and noteworthy vocals.
The title track “Extinct” showcases
some heavy instrumentation and remarkably diverse vocals—a conglomerate of
whispered words, harsh and clean singing. The song has a melodic essence to
itself with memorable details like the awe-inspiring guitar solo and the
perfect blend of the aggressive as well as controlled vocals.
metal with symphonics, establishing an impactful atmosphere altogether! A good
deal of diversity is evident in the album in songs like the interestingly named
“Medusalem”. This song is driven by
a steady tempo, and features powerful vocals as well as a significant, long
guitar and keyboard solo. “Medusalem” portrays the band’s diverse musical
acumen and their ability to deliver different styles by taking care of specifics
and technicalities besides setting the mood.
overall sound of the album radiates fresh vigour, with straight-forward songs
like “The Last of Us”, “Funeral Bloom”
and “A Dying Breed” upholding the
glory of gothic rock as well. “The Last of Us” puts the brilliant
instrumentation on the forefront, embellished with some fine elements like the
guitar intro, nice melodies and individual instruments, standing out despite
perfectly complementing each other. A good part of the first half of the record
is an amalgamation of both an aggressive and a soft, elegant approach, while
the second half does not consist of many extreme elements.
on the guitars and vocals – especially in the breathtaking choruses – while “La Baphomette” is a rather progressive
extravaganza! “Malignia” is a mix of
a soothing build-up that leads to assertive vocals and prominent keyboard work,
while “The Future Is Dark” is one of
the areas in which the keyboards sound a tad too cheesy.
One of the
most memorable aspects of the record is the manner in which the diverse vocals
have been incorporated – harsh, clean, elegant, murmurs – at just the right
places. ‘Extinct’ adopts a strong
melodic approach and features (mostly) spectacular keyboards along with
displaying its aggressive and experimental side.
nutshell, ‘Extinct’ demonstrates the
assertive and fresh energy that Moonspell is well-known for, as well as the new
dimensions the band has added to its style of writing music. However, the album
comprises of some ballads which at places sound a bit too cheesy. Nevertheless,
‘Extinct’ is a vibrant and diverse
album and is a must-listen for gothic, symphonic and melodic metal enthusiasts!
1. Breathe (Until We Are No More)
3. Funeral Bloom
5. La Baphomette
6. The Last of Us
7. A Dying Breed
10. The Future Is Dark