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MoonspellAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ICAR
  • ASIN: B000025QYT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album represents a powerful follow-up to Wolfheart. Although less raw and heavy than its predecessor, Irreligious is sure to please most of those who love Wolfheart. "Opium" is one of my all-time favorite Moonspell songs. It is moody and powerful at the same time. This is one of those albums that takes a few listens before you start picking up its nuances, but it is well worth the effort. One of my favorite things about metal is that there are cool bands from all over the world just waiting to be discovered by listeners in the U.S. Portugal's Moonspell is one of those bands that is relatively big in Europe, but remains underappreciated here in the States. What a shame.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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As a huge TYPE O fan, I was reluctant to give this album a chance, but after listening to this album once through I became a fan. Not quite as dark as TYPE O but they are much better musicians. Great crunching riffs, beautiful dark harmonies, complemented by a true vocalist. Try it, its worth every cent!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow-up to Wolfheart May 5, 2006
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"Irreligious" was the follow up to the highly successful "Wolfheart". While Moonspell's debut album had a very folk-inspired gothic sound to it, their sophomore effort does away with most of that, and brings in a much harder sound. They have done away with most of the Portuguese lyrics, and Fernando Ribiero seems to have improved his pronunciation of the English language. Though most of the songs aren't as captivating as what was present on "Wolfheart", this album still maintains a very dark and atmospheric feel throughout. Once again, the focus is more on the arrangement of the songs, rather than highlighting any one instrument. This works in their favour, as there is no song on the album that can be described as bad.

The album starts off with the very vile sounding "Perverse... Almost Religious", with a male choir and keyboards that serves simply as an intro for the album and leads into "Opium", one of Moonspell's best known songs. It's a very intense song with mesmerizing riffs and trademark vocals by Fernando Ribiero. This was also the first song they made a video for.

The songs that follow show a lot of variety between them. "Awake", starting off with a clean intro and a vocal sample (probably from a movie), before it gets into its strangely heavy tone with a very atmospheric tempo. Up next, "A Taste Of Eternity" has a very death-metal feel to it when it starts, with its furious double-bass drumming and screeching growls. It has some very interestingly structured melodies in it, but doesnt really leave a lasting impression.

The Moonspell path is followed perfectly in the songs to come, with a very gothic feel to them. "Ruin And Misery" starts out sounding like a hymn, but definitely not one recommended for your local choir.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the brightest jewel in the diadem... April 23, 2004
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On the whole, this album is not a bad piece of work, and it does at times manage to evoke a sort of somber-yet-sneering malice with its highly polished production and heavy atmospherics. Plus, "Ruin and Misery" is almost guaranteed to get you a speeding ticket, so it's definitely a keeper. However, there are moments in which the high-gloss factor of this album renders an otherwise masterful work little more than glammish or goth-poppy. Take for example "Raven Claws," a track that I -still- can't listen to without cringing in sympathetic embarassment. As a follow-up album to Wolfheart (which is also marred by occasional over-the-top swoon-goth moments,) Irreligious is worth checking out, as it offers a fine example of the evolution of this band. Yet if you aren't a serious series collector or just want a token Moonspell disc in your archive, I'd be tempted to point you toward 2003's The Antidote (oh so nice and chilling)... but, hey, it's your nickel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe not a classic but very well known June 28, 2001
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If i could i would give this albem 4 1/2 stars but oh well. Anyway out of all of the Moonspell albems this is one of my favorites because it has that hard edge sound along with the singer's/growler's voice which makes this cd a MUST have for any Moonspell fan or newcommer to the band. Moonspell becomes "softer" (just a little bit) after this albem but the charm is still there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection... April 15, 1999
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I was totally convinced with "Irreligious", one of the greatest albums i've ever heard... and I don't only mean gothic-metal albums, I mean ALL albums! Moonspell work is brilliant, bright guitars, clear sound, perfect drum play, and a great control of all samples and keyboards. The voice is very strong, sometimes really powerfull, and adds strength to the songs. I was so convinced with tracks like "Opium", "Awake", "Ruin and misery" and "Raven Claws" that I could barely believe that the quality was so high, and I simply couldn't skip a single track from the start to the end of "Irreligious". A must buy...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favorite June 16, 2004
By A. Vera
Format:Audio CD
This is a favorite of mine. Irreligious is a great album for many reasons. The music is incredible and the guitar riffs KICK A** on every song. The drums and all other instruments are played at a very high level. Every song sounds different and this album never gets repetitious. Fernando is one of the great vocalists in Metal music today, with ranges from Black to Death Metal. Yes, the mood is a little dramatic at times but that's what makes this album so good and a little cheesy. The problem is that people try to categorize every group into genre and over analyze. Some idiots say that Moonspell sound like generic Black Metal. That's beyond wrong; these guys are just a great metal group. Moonspell are a kick a** band with influences ranging from Black Metal all the way to Power metal and everything in between! I like really like 4 of their albums but this is my favorite. The Butterfly Effect and Sin/Pecado are the 2 albums I don't care for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another very good album
This album is not so good as their first album Wolfheart but it is a good one. If you like gothic and atmospheric metal then you will like this album. All the songs are very good. Read more
Published on April 12, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Satannicusses Anussess
I miss the baritone voice of Irreligious, but it's more than made-up for in the complex, melodic content of this album. Now. Why aren't they playing in Denver Right Now. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Justin B. Sewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gothic Metal of the 90's
The best Moonspell album by far I think. The tracks are the most daring and interesting then alot of other stuff they've done. Read more
Published on July 26, 2006 by Brian Skala
1.0 out of 5 stars ADDICTED TO MUSIC
Published on September 9, 2004 by L. MARIANO
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT SO GREAT STUFF!!!
Sounds like the by-product of Type-O Negative's tour bus colliding with Dream Theater's tour bus with more of Type-O's guys surviving!!! Would be better with Christian lyrics.
Published on June 16, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Portugal's answer to the Damned
Damn, these guys sound like the Damned (with elements of the Doors, Sabbath, Joy Division & Danzig)!Were Moonspell's Fernando & Dave Vanian seperated at birth? Read more
Published on October 11, 2001 by L Salisbury
3.0 out of 5 stars It is good, indeed.
But, in my opinion, pales in comparison with Wolfheart. Don't take me wrong, this is a good relase, the music is great, and the lyrics of superb quality, but there is something... Read more
Published on December 2, 2000 by magnum_innominandum
3.0 out of 5 stars listen before buying
I don't like Moonspell. They play an extremely generic sort of gothic metal that is not particularly complex, not particularly mediaeval in influence, not particularly... Read more
Published on August 17, 2000 by Jason P. Sorens
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