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I’ve always heard of Moonspell but didn’t really check them out. Then recently I came across the video for “Common Prayers” & I immediately checked out their work and ordered several of their albums! As for ‘Hermitage’...absolutely brilliant! Perfect harmonious blend of doom rock & beauty made for a voyage for the mind, heart & soul!
Been a moonspell fan for 25 years. With the exception Extinct, they have never released a bad album. Just pretend Extinct doesn't exist. Hermitage takes everything great Moonspell has done and takes it To the next level. Vocally and musically this is Moonspells opus.
The thing that challenges listeners about Moonspell is that they don't seem to ever create the same record twice. I love many bands who, without question, do...not naming names. And sure, there's something nice about consistency. But every now and then, a truly skilled band of musicians create magic that transcends their initial sound. And it keeps doing so! Literally the last album of theirs I loved upon first listen was theri second full album, Irreligious. But that in itself is amazing as it did NOT fit with the norms of the day at all. Had I not already been listening to Type O Negative, I don't think I would have taken so quickly to that disc. It is nothing like Type O ever created, but there are some very complex structures that are similar... (Yes, I loved Wolfheart, the first EP, and Irreligious right away...after that, it took time.)
This prepared me for what was to follow. Each subsequent release. Sin/Pecado was so radically different, Butterfly Effect, and then the radical departure to Darkness and Hope? It never stopped. They toyed with accessibility on Extinct, but no, that was no hard rock/pop album. Not a chance. Keep listening--you'll get it.
Accordingly, this record was initially what I always seem to experience with this amazing band...some nice melodies, but...”Why couldn't it be more like the last record...?" And as I keep listening (same experience every time), I experience it more fully. I "GET" it... The genius of the work begins to resonate and I remember why this has been my favorite band for so long.
Hermitage is not 1755, nor Alpha Noir, The Antidote, or anything that came before. It's something different. It's magic(k). It's magnificent. If this is the type of music you can appreciate, you will grow to love this. Don't give it a chance from charity...but rather the way you would a new lover who makes you feel amazing...and the best is yet to...
Excelente producción, un álbum distinto y eso lo hace especial, más lento y progresivo con pasajes góticos y excelentes vocales. Si bien la banda no tiene nada que probar después de tanto tiempo, realizan este trabajo más personal para anunciar su posible retiro.
Grande ritorno per i lusitani.Un disco che analizza varie sfaccettature della particolare figura dell'eremita,con un track list varia che vede le parti aggressive concentrate in pochi spunti vincenti.Unici!!!!!
Voila un album atypique pour Moonspell Si vous vous attendez à un night eternal ou memorial # 2 , c'est raté... C'est surement l'album le plus posé du groupe . Le son comme l'ambiance est lié aux années 70/80 Un bon album , mais à ne pas comparer au autres