Moonspell are approaching their 30th band anniversary by revealing hotly anticipated details regarding their 13th studio album Hermitage, set to be released February 26 via Napalm Records.
While the world is struggling in the dark, Moonspell’s forthcoming album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Primordial, Ghost, Sólstafir, and many more) at the Orgone Studios in the UK. Building upon the sensitive facets of Hermitage, one can expect an entertaining and revolutionary, yet epic journey through the darkest days of human existence.
Beautifully crafted songs such as “The Greater Good“ show us the modernity of the wolves in 2021, while other tracks embrace the Moonspell tradition of writing a dark, gothic metal record like no other band can. The ethereal and melodic sounds of Moonspell, while not straying away from their metal roots–influenced by underground metal bands such as Bathory—make Hermitage one of the deepest, surprising and most epic albums Moonspell has ever written.
Lead singer Fernando Ribeiro reveals:
“The Greater Good is a sociological concept implying the benefit of the public, of more people than oneself. To do which is better and more correct. Unfortunately, a lot of wrong- doing and pure evil actions were taken on behalf of this principle both by world leaders, and citizens. With a “screenplay” designed by myself, and put together by director Guilherme Henriques (Gaerea, Crippled Black Phoenix, Schammasch) The Greater Good strikes at the deep contrast of our priorities as human beings.
“The plot evidenciate the daily clash between the problems we could never or never wanted to solve; and our “first world preoccupations”. The cult of the body versus the African famine; the killing of the innocent versus the second amendment; the beauty of monuments against the ugliness of violence.
“We are all responsible for the things we see here. For the greater good, for the greatest evil. It’s not a question of race, gender, class or education. It’s a question of conscience. It’s vital we renew our communities’ ties, our humanly behavior. Only we can save us from ourselves.”
Hermitage is slated for a release on February 26 via Napalm Records, and will be available in several highly limited and collectable Deluxe Editions, Mediabook, Cassette, all of them including the Candlemass Cover “Darkness in Paradise,” but also as Jewelcase and Digital formats.
The Deluxe Box will also include an etched, seven-inch Vinyl with another special bonus track, “The Great Leap Forward” as well as other exciting collectable items!
Album presale has just started here.