Miguel "Mike" Gaspar


Miguel "Mike" Gaspar

Bandname Moonspell
Country Portugal
Genre Metal
Product Configuration
  • a 22" x 18" Bass Drum (RF2218BX/B)
  • b 8" x 7" Tom (RF0807T/B)
  • c 10" x 8" Tom (RF1008T/B)
  • d 12" x 9" Tom (RF1209T/B)
  • e 13" x 10" Tom (RF1310T/B)
  • f 14" x 11" Tom (RF1411T/B)
  • g 16" x 16" Floor Tom (RF1616F/B)
  • h 17" x 17" Floor Tom (RF18B8F/B)
  • i 14" x 6,5" Brass Snare Drum (RFB1465S)
  • j 14" x 6,5" Steel Snare Drum (RFS1465S)
  • k 6" x 12" Rocket Tom (AL-612/B) 
  • 6" x 15" Rocket Tom (AL-615/B) 
  • 6" x 18" Rocket Tom (AL-618/B) 
  • 6" x 21" Rocket Tom (AL-621/B)



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In Eternal Night 

From the first to its last second Moonspell's ninth album "Night Eternal" is as thrilling as a fascinating film: Images appear before the mind's eye that transport the listener into the scenery of a medieval fair: magicians entertain with mirages, tricksters perform their follies, while dark figures disappear with sharp daggers clenched into dark alleys and the fiery eyes of mysterious beauties sparkle behind veiled sedan chairs. Each song is like a trade booth beckoning with the fragrance of exotic spices or sweet, bitter as well as hot delicacies, that have arrived in proud caravels to this rich and splendid city: 

Lisbon, a city of morbid melancholy. Lisbon, a city of voluptuous joys of the senses. Lisbon, the home of Moonspell. Like no other band on this planet the Portuguese translate the sadness and despair as well as the enterprising spirit and the raving passion of their countrymen from the ancient town on the river Tejo into the language of heavy metal. It is of no consequence whether that genre is called gothic or dark metal. Moonspell were among the founders and foremost protagonists of that style during the nineties. Albums like "Wolfheart" (1995) or "Irreligious" (1996) have secured the southerners a place in the hearts if their adherents as well as brought them to the top of a movement, which has lifted the chains that were laid onto those protagonists by their origins from the darkness and fierceness of black metal. Moonspell have crossed those boundaries by coupling the fire within their souls with poetic emotionality, a gentle touch of the erotic as well as a distinct melancholic mood. The eternal unrest, which has been passed down in the bloodlines of their exploring ancestors led the Portuguese towards musical quests, that have not always been greeted with the sympathy of every one of their followers. Yet like the sailors in the olden days of glory Moonspell have always returned to their native port. "The Antidote" placed a first exclamation mark in the year 2003. While this gem has been overlooked by many a connoisseur of intoxicating tonal art, their next effort "Memorial" hit right on target three years later. This masterpiece was not only received with open arms in their native land. There it gained Moonspell a number one chart position and a golden disc as well as knighting them as best Portuguese band at the MTV Europe Music Award. Abroad critics and fans were equally enthused, which among other praise awarded "Memorial" the title of Album of the Month in Metal Hammer Germany and their first ever show at the prolific Wacken Open Air. 

"Night Eternal" will follow up on this success. Moonspell have by no means rested on their laurels, but dared another step into a new dimension. While they have chose their old friend Waldemar Sorychta, who has always warranted for an acclaimed album, for the pre-production in Lisbon, the actual recording and mixing took place in the renowned Antfarm Studio of top-producer Tue Madsen. The powerful, yet transparent and organic sound justifies that decision by any means. At the same time it is not the Portuguese's first excursion to Aarhus. The re-recordings of their early works under the name "Under Satanae" (2007) took also place under the direction of Tue Madsen. This return to their roots has effected Moonspell like a potion of rejuvenation, leading them to rediscover their origins: 

The opening drama 'At Tragic Heights' amazes with oriental sounding female vocals in contrast to the dark and rough voice of singer Fernando Ribeiro. Moonspell have truly mastered the game of light and shadow, lurking moments and hart hitting guitars. This is confirmed by the title-track 'Night Eternal', that Transforms the lonely plucking of strings into a steely staccato. Out of this whirling nightmare rises the bright voice of a beautiful guitar-solo, which would have justified the choice of this song as the second single all by itself. Next up is the dark interplay of gentle string-work and whispering voices of 'Shadow Sun' with outbreaks of fierce wrath displayed by instruments and rasping vocals. There was only one possible choice for the first single. There is no way around the following 'Scorpion Flower'. This melodic gothic piece is fuelled by an incredible duet between Fernando and the former icon of The Gathering Anneke van Giersbergen. Her crystal-clear voice is the perfect counterpart to the deep and warm expression of the Portuguese. There is no rest for the wicked, as Moonspell immediately strike back with the brute and uncompromising headbanger 'Moon in Mercury', which only leaves some rare occasions to catch some breath. It seems as if 'Hers Is the Twilight' is going to continue this assault, when the track suddenly takes a surprising turn and flatters with contained power sweetened by a glazing of honey and only occasionally interrupted by more bitter sounds led by Mike Gaspars Mediterranean rhythms. Another climax is reached as 'Dreamless (Lucifer and Lilith)' is sneaking in on heavy velvet paws. The tune is carried by its dreamy melody as well as the ever-present female vocals on this album. Most of the female contributions are rising from the enigmatic throat of Ava Inferi-singer Carmen Simões, but Patricia Andrade (The Vanity Chair) and Sofia Vieira (Cinemuerte) also add their part to the fascinatingly feminine side of "Night Eternal". Moonspell's development is demonstrated by 'Spring of Rage': sawing guitars and clear singing embedded in a modern sound are combined with a catchy chorus. All of this is brought to an end by 'First Light'. Once again a choir of female vocals is supporting the atmospheric keyboards. The song drifts like a broad stream with a plentitude of flotsam towards the big ocean at the horizon. 

There it is back again: The image of Lisbon, the city at the Atlantic and it's vital line the river Tejo. Like the Portuguese metropolis "Night Eternal" is riddled by a multitude of alleys and places. City and album share a wise and experienced beauty as well as the opposing principles of heat and cold, live and death, severity and gentleness, male strength and females magic. Moonspell have re-discovered themselves once more and still found a way back to their origins. All of these elements are also represented on the bonus-track 'Age of Mothers', which will only be available in the limited first-edition of "Night Eternal". Act fast, because life is short, but this album will very much help to enjoy it.

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