on 7 September 2003
This truly is amazing stuff. Moonspell had long been classed as the band to listen to if you are into philosophical lyrics and deep, meaningful music, but this went above and beyond anything Moonspell fans could have hoped for.
1. Perverse... Almost Religious - A dramatic instumental intro. A taste of things to come...
2. Opium - A song based on Fernando Pessoa's Opiário poem. The first and only single from Irreligious. Great lyrics. Very hard to get out of your head.
3. Awake! - An unsettling piece of music with a dark chorus.
4. A Taste of Eternity - A downright aggresive song from the start. Very heavy and with a clear lyrical message.
5. Ruin & Misery - "Another name for Love and another name for death". This is an amazing song.
6. A Poisoned Gift - A scary, atmospheric piece with a rocky guitar later on and the album's first guitar solo.
7. Subversion - A mostly instrumental song with a hard - hitting keyboard tune later on.
8. Raven Claws - Birgit Zacher helps Fernando with the vocals on the chorus. A lively song with great lyrics.
9. Mephisto - An amazing song with a very heavy atmosphere, especially at the beginning. The best lyrics on the album.
10. Herr Spiegelmann - A song based on The Perfume by Patrick Süskind. A rocky guitar does some great solo work after the great chorus. Moody background keyboard.
11. Full Moon Madness - One of the most atmospheric songs of all time. A slow moving, incredible piece of music with another guitar solo at the end before the inclusion of keyboards over the main guitar theme.
This truly is unbelievable. Buy it - it's Europe's finest ever record. Make no mistake.
on 4 May 2001
Haven't you listened to this CD yet? Maybe you should. At least if you like Gothic Metal stuff. "Moonspell" is a great portuguese group and this is their last CD before they turned into a more techno sound. Actually, I consider it for sure their best one. "Opium", "For a Taste of Eternity" and "Mephisto" are my favourite tracks. But don't listen to the songs isolated. This is a CD you should listen from its beginning to its end. The way they play with the change of sounds between tracks is part of the fun.