Portuguese dark metal maestros MOONSPELL are not only currently gearing up for their upcoming, extensive “Ultima Ratio Fest” tour – kicking off this week – but aptly, they will also release their very special, new BluRay/DVD/Album, entitled “From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep”, this Friday, on September 30 via Napalm Records.
With “From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep”, the band presents their latest; 2021-studio album, “Hermitage,” live and recorded 80 meters below the earth, at the heart of one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders, the Grutas de Mira D’Aire. The recording boasts a one-of-a-kind sound and visual sensation with its heavy dose of cinematic flavor, unreal atmosphere and the encircling, resounding nature in its raw form, while showcasing MOONSPELL’s much acclaimed album Hermitage at its primal best, live from inside one of the most impressive caves in Europe.
Previously, the dark and gothic metal pioneers have already shared live music videos for “Entitlement” and the breathtaking album title track. Today, the final and third album single has dropped – a haunting clip for “Apophthegmata”, in which crystal clear piano, razor-sharp riffage and Fernando Ribeiro’s haunting voice persuades in otherworldly resonance with its unique sound and visual sensation. Watch it below.
Says the charismatic front-man: “Apophthegmata is a Greek word that defines a collection of texts, a book with the most important lessons and revelations of the Desert Fathers, the kings of Hermits. They stood in the darkness to enlighten themselves and often brought their conclusions of peace and wisdom to their restless and suffering communities. This sing stands for exactly that, musically speaking: a game of light and shadow, a bridge between fragility and strength. It quickly became a must on our setlist and a fan favourite of the Hermitage album. Enjoy the light, learn with the darkness, be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others.”
“While the world agonized at home, we went deep down below, to a cave to record a DVD with some of our bravest fans watching it,” Ribeiro adds. “From Down Below is also a documentation of the hard times we lived during the pandemic with the mask mandate and social distance. Curiously, to all of us that night at the cave, it seemed that we could breathe fresher air than at the surface. That’s the power of music, to travel beyond our afflictions and that’s the message of the title song, ‘Hermitage (Live 80 Meters Deep)’ we now present to our beloved pack, on our way to better days.””
Recorded live at Grutas de Mira D’Aire, one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders, “From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” invites you on a memorable adventure worthy of a Guinness Book record. The recording boasts a one of kind sound and visual sensation, with its heavy dose of cinematic flavor, unreal atmosphere and the encircling, resounding nature in its raw form. Tracks such as “Entitlement”, “Hermitage” and “Apoptheghmata” perfectly settle in with the album’s unique environment.
“From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” is not only an epic live momentum of “Hermitage” — one of the deepest, heaviest and most sincerely heart-breaking records the band has ever written — but a truly revolutionary experience, as MOONSPELL brought along a select number of fans and a production team (literally) underground. Brilliantly directed by Guilherme Henrique, “From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” is something truly special that you have never, ever seen or heard before.
“From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” track listing:
1. The Greater Good
2. Common Prayers
3. All or Nothing
7. The Hermit Saints
9. Without Rule
10. The Great Leap Forward
“From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” will be available in the following formats:
- BD/DVD Digipak incl. 2xDVD, 1xBluRay, 1xCD (plus a lot of bonus material!)
- 2 LP Gatefold BLACK
- 2 LP Gatefold MARBLED WHITE/BLACK incl. Poster
- Earbook incl. 2xDVD/1xBluRay
- -Digital Album
Pre-order “From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep” HERE!
MOONSPELL‘s 13th studio album, “Hermitage”, was released in February 2021 via Napalm Records. The LP was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (PARADISE LOST, PRIMORDIAL, GHOST, SÓLSTAFIR) at the Orgone Studios in the U.K.
In 2020, MOONSPELL parted ways with original drummer Miguel “Mike” Gaspar and replaced him with Hugo Ribeiro (no relation to Fernando Ribeiro). MOONSPELL will embark on a North American tour next month. Support on the trek, which will kick off on August 25 in New York and end on September 18 in Boston, will come from SWALLOW THE SUN and WITHERFALL.