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Alpha Noir

1 Aug. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Release Date: 1 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Napalm Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Napalm Records Handels GmbH
  • Total Length: 40:34
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  • ASIN: B00DWEWXCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,826 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JediFineTricks on 9 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was thrilled when I heard there's a new album on the way by Moonspell. I would be able to listen to what Fernando Ribeiro has chosen to share with us once again. My expectations were high, but they were also in a certain shape, musically speaking. When I got the double album, I once again discovered that Moonspell's music does not belong to any shape or genre. Of course they are creating doom, gothic, melodic, black or death metal, you name it. But when it comes to Moonspell, the labels don't mean anything at all. This album is beyond my expectations and I wasn't waiting for a Wolfheart or a Darkness and Hope, but at least they were high.

ALPHA NOIR
The first part of this poetic journey. As the name states this clearly by the word "alpha", it is the violent one, the bloody one, the uncompromised one, finally the deadly one, as a trademark of Moonspell, the children of the night. The album is, as it is most often the case for Moonspell, shaped as it is a beautiful novel, as an entity, written not only by words, but also by sounds. Especially by the sounds of our tired Earth. Listening to this first part, one can easily remember the great history of the band, because the Wolfheart spirit, the flame is still right where it was at the beginning. They are still honest and they are still doing the kind of music they believe in, as we all believe, the loyal wolfhearts of the band. If you can't decide whether to buy or not this CD, simply listen to the first minute of the songs "Alpha Noir" or "Opera Carne", your mind will be clear as a dead man's conscience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rui Miranda on 13 May 2012
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How can I say it? After a long career of great albuns and very impressive metal, Moonspell have just shown once again why they are such a respected act these days. This might definetely be one of the best albuns of the year. It is a delight to listen from beginning to end, what else to say? Congratulations to these Portuguese folks for their musicianship, their music is up there amongst the best!!
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By Sarah on 8 Dec. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm a bit late to getting the new Moonspell album, but other albums have come out this year higher on my priority list. But now I've given it a few spins I feel I can give my two pennies worth.

First and foremost, if you are planning on getting this album, get the version with the bonus album. The two perfectly complement each other, and really create a nice balance.

So first to Alpha Noir: this is the harsher, more agressive album. There's a faint whiff of Bathory and King Diamond about this album: it's almost blackened thrash in places. Fernando's vocals are particuarly impressive on this album, his screams and bellows really come to the forefront. The album is fast, agressive and steeped in fury and hatred. Lickanthrope, Alpha Noir and Grandstand are particuarly impressive in their distain and anger. The riffs on this album are doomy and downtuned but punishingly heavy.

On the other side there is Omega White. While it would be easy to go "Alpha Noir is the heavy one, Omega white is the mellow album" that would be doing this a disservice. Omega white is just as dark as Alpha Noir, but where as Alpha Noir is all about agression, Omega White takes on a more sombre, melancholy tone. This time, the vocals are entirely clean, Fernando's vocals taking on a tortured tone. This whole album has definate odes to Type O Negative, and is very much in that vein stylistically as well, but with enough unique identity to elevate Omega White above simply being a Type O Clone album. The addition of some female backing vocals lend a nice additional layer on this album. The ending track A Greater Darkness is a masterpiece of despair mourning and easily one of the best songs they have composed.

Both albums are brilliant, and very different. This album certainly showcases Moonspells talent for songwriting and muscianship. Best enjoyed back-to-back with each other, this is an enjoyable journey into the darkness.
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By BM on 21 Aug. 2012
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I've been a moonspell fan for some time, and can't say I enjoyed the previous offering, Night Eternal. Alpha Noir on the other hand, has rekindled my love of Moonspell. Its a fairly heavy sounding album but with the goth undertones and Portuguese influences that you expect from them.

I'm not sure it would be worth buying without the inclusion of the bonus album, Omega White. While Alpha Noir has some real gems such as its title track, the slightly lighter, more goth Omega White tracks really balance the whole thing out and bring you closer to the older Moonspell.

Overall, it has the fierceness of The Antidote, the goth brooding of Darkness and Hope and the hearty power of Wolfheart. If Night Eternal put you off, give this a try.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ennustus666 on 12 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Not much for words, but if you are buying the new Moonspell cd, buy the double one as some of the best songs are on the bonus disc.
Absolutely amazing. For a band with a long career and so many albums under their belt, it was a major surprise that they released something so awesome this far in. Most bands tend to run out of steam. Well worth the five stars.
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