Music Review: Moonspell – Alpha Noir/Omega White (2012)

Even though Moonspell are closer to Gothic Metal than Black Metal, this sentence isn’t going to make sense because talk of musical styles is meaningless when the band in discussion is a pillar bound to fall on you no matter which way you run. The bastards from Portugal have enjoyed their uniqueness in the metal kingdom since their debut and have freely developed their songwriting to churn out album after fantastic album. Alpha Noir/Omega White is their tenth studio full length and captivating as anything else by Moonspell.

Alpha Noir

Thunderous from the first second, Moonspell sound demanding on Alpha Noir. The music is urgent and punchy, and the band retains its flamboyance throughout. These guys are amazing at creating atmospheric parts and inserting tingling guitar solos just when you’re about to start missing them. Alpha Noir has a highly charged Moonspell stomping all over the place with chunky riffs that will make Dave Mustaine wish he’d written them. This part of the album is clearly for banging your head to, so don’t expect to find too much depth here.

Omega White

And depth is what Moonspell deliver by the bucketful on Omega White, emitting clouds of atmospheric passages, sounding settled after the blows they give on the first part. Calm and inviting, the band is in a contemplative mood, and the sternness of Alpha Noir turns to surrender on Omega White. The vocals too change – the growling makes way for the crooning; you won’t need to read the lyrics except when the singing/growling isn’t in English.

What a fine balance Moonspell strike here: Alpha Noir whets the appetite with heavy rumbling and Omega White satisfies you completely; you’ll know it even before the album has run its course. Even Moonspell know it, but it’s Album Number Ten for the monarchs of Portuguese nights, and they stretch Alpha Noir/Omega White with great delight. If you’ve been missing Type O Negative a lot, you should listen to this immediately, but that would be the wrong reason to check this out. The right thing to do would be to let these sounds into your ears because it’s the new album from fucking Moonspell.

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