Extinct review by Moonspell

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  • Released: Mar 6, 2015
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.7 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.1 (15 votes)
Moonspell: Extinct
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Sound — 7
Moonspell formed in 1992, having all previously been known by their previous band, Morbid God. The released their first recorded music in 1992 as a promo track called "Serpent Angel." This, along with most of their early work would have been categorized as black metal, though since that time their sound has changed, more accurately described as gothic metal or doom metal. There were some lineup changes pretty early on in the '90s, followed by issues with keeping a constant bass player which has been solved since the last change in 2007 when Ahriman joined the band on bass. "Extinct" is the band's eleventh studio album, and contains 10 tracks with a runtime of 45 minutes.

The album opens with the track "Breathe (Until We Are No More)," which definitely has a gothic feel to it, with most of the lyrics very akin to Type O Negative, but also with some more extreme vocals provided throughout the track. The second track is the title track, "Extinct," which opens up with a doom-y riff and some keyboard, as well. Langsuyar has some interesting stuff going on vocally with this track. "Medusalem" has a weird intro that sounds vaguely middle-eastern, though it only lasts for a second, and then goes into some gothic metal riffing, though it revisits that middle-eastern melody throughout. "Domina" has actual clean sung lyrics for some of the track, but really is more of a hard rock song than any kind of metal song. "The Last of Us" has an almost slowed down punk rock thing going on with the guitars, with Langsuyar providing some almost punk-rock style vocals.

"Malignia" starts out with a keyboard melody but gets heavy pretty quickly. There is a quieter passage in the song, that helps create a gothic ambience. "Funeral Bloom" is more lyrically driven than most of the album. "A Dying Breed" is about how music is changing and not leaving room for some metal bands, or could also be interpreted that their type of people (Goths? Metalheads?) are going extinct in modern society. "The Future is Dark" has a very '80s feel to it, sounding like something by the Sisters of Mercy. The album closes out with "La Baphomette" which has very few lyrics, all of which are in Portugese. The song deals with the idea of the Baphomet, which was originally a goat idol, and also the modern symbol of Satanism. Musically it is one of the most interesting songs - not even remotely metal - and lyrically, one of the most sparse songs.

Lyrics — 7
Langsuyar provides vocals on the album, and he does with with a combination of screamed and extreme metal lyrics, with spoken word and clean vocals. It creates a good variety on the album. As a sample of the lyrics, here are some from "A Dying Breed": "Can't you see that the curtain has fallen between us? / And that the statues of leavers keep smashing on the burning foy/ A sense that is growing behind, the martyr's dying peek/ Our live has no meaning, the world forgot about me/ We're dying, we've fallen, we're calmly disappearing/ We're trying, defining, our sense of right and wrong/ It's a dying breed, it's a thing from the past/ We're a dying breed/ Can't you see that the magic is over, I see it ever started/ And how the music we listen keeps fading, she's lost control/ The new tribes they gather around the Earth's dying core/ The new waves are waving, no place for me anymore." Pretty interesting subject matter.

Overall Impression — 6
I don't know if our society shapes our taste in music to any extent, but some bands are more popular in some countries than in other. Moonspell has always been more popular in their home country, Portugal, as well as Germany than in most other countries. Listening to it as an American, it is okay, but it doesn't really grab me, either. I don't really have a favorite or least favorite song, but nothing was unlistenable on the album. The high point would probably by Langsuyar's vocals, which stayed well-executed and varied in style.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    TheLiberation
    Sorry, but this review is... very, very vague. It describes little of the music other than the vocals, and hardly explains the average rating besides the last two sentences. Gonna listen to the album soon, the title track sounded awesome. Orchestrations!
    dorpzot
    They've really gotten soft with this album. I absolutely loved Alpha Noir/Omega White and Night Eternal but this seemed very different than what I'm used to from Moonspell. However the album's been really growing on me and I've seen them perform live previous weekend and almost played the full album and now I'm really liking the album.
    DaniArrow
    I don't mind that they got a little softer again. They do it well anyway. They have enough heavy stuff out there, this is a nice change for now.
    Peres.T.Peanut
    This album is deffinitly a grower and works best when you listen to it as a whole. I hated every single song they put out before the album came out, specially that softer one. After listening to the whole thing, everything seems to fit perfectly together.
    Vosche
    I love this album as I love albums before They made a progress with this album. They grew...
    naoisclan
    What stupid review is this? What do you meant by "I don't know if our society shapes our taste in music to any extent, but some bands are more popular in some countries than in other. Moonspell has always been more popular in their home country, Portugal, as well as Germany than in most other countries. Listening to it as an American, it is okay, but it doesn't really grab me, either. "? I'm not an american neither a portugese and I love this album. Maybe I wouldn't even give it 10/10 but not because it is not an american album. Moonspell has change their musical direction in this album. But that does not meant it's bad. Learn to write a proper review. Music is supposed not to have any country or boundary.
    miguelc.freitas
    I know portuguese is not the best known language in the world, but mistaken it for french... "La Baphomette" is french as are the lyrics for the song. Come on man, at least do some recearch before writing.
    sambargun
    They were labelled 'Atmospheric metal' earlier. Will listen to this one and see if the moniker still applies.....