Acclaimed longstanding gothic metal band Moonspell has chosen to create a quite grandiose album that often bears the stylish quality of ancient unforgettable Greek tragedies as “1755’ is conceptually based on the dreadful earthquake that destroyed Lisbon and aptly sang completely in Portuguese. Inevitably, on “1755” the Portuguese heritage shines more than ever fully influencing each melodic texture and contributing to the unique atmospheric quality of this inspiring work of music.
The orchestral opener “En Nome Do Medo” perfectly introduces the album’s compelling dramatic temperament as dazzling classical details naturally embrace a highly darkened atmosphere clearly enhanced by the storyteller par excellence Fernando Ribeiro who delivers his signature gothic delivery with renewed fervor accompanied by exceptional choirs.
The title track acquires opera vibes with solemn choirs and majestic symphonic arrangements that simply enrich Moonspell’s seductive darkness as thick guitar riffs maintain deliciously obscure tonalities following occasional fierce rhythmic segments that seamlessly blend with the cathartic melodic force also expressed in the thrilling guitar solo while exotic instrumental accents bring additional creative sparks.
“In Tremor Dei” delivers a series of absolutely addictive guitar riffs with remarkable gothic nuances surrounded by groovy rhythmic variations and intense operatic choirs that naturally amplify the epic atmosphere while the unique voice of guest vocalist Paulo Bragança provides extra emotional depth.
The orchestral arrangements on “Desastre” feel particularly opulent providing variegated layers and moody baroque accents that favor the somber melodic textures while Fernando’s ferocious growls and the tight distorted rhythmic crescendo ensure a blazing heavier core.
“Evento” is filled of tragic darkness with an insatiable yearning for catchy rhythmic passages and heartfelt melodic grandeur continuously expressed in the smooth unrestrained guitar work and captivating symphonic layers.
“Todos Os Santos” becomes more enigmatic with arcane symphonic arrangements that effortlessly favor, once again, the cinematic nature of this album and diligently introduce the heavier & darker facets with untamed fast paced guitar riffing. Fernando’s vocals maintain a spiritual duality with angered growls and a more theatrical delivery in the midst of majestic orchestration and choirs.
“1755” never fails to impress the audience with outpouring charisma and undisputed creativity as Moonspell appears to be in excellent shape confidently evoking lavish melodic soundscapes and re-inventing /re-shaping the beloved signature style without necessarily forgetting the heavier roots that played a big role in the band’s deserved success.