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Moonspell are a Portuguese Gothic Metal band from Brandoa, Lisbon, Portugal. Formed in 1992, the group released their first EP Under the Moonspell in 1994, a year before the release of their first album Wolfheart. The band quickly gained status and became one of the most recognizable metal bands from Portugal.

Current band members:

  • Fernando Ribeiro (Langsuyar) – vocals (1989–present)
  • Ricardo Amorim (Morning Blade) – guitar (1995–present)
  • Pedro Paixão (Passionis/Neophytus) – keyboard/guitar (1994–present)
  • Aires Pereira (Ahriman) – bass (2007–present)
  • Hugo Ribeiro - drums (2020-present)

Former band members:

  • João Pedro – bass (1989–1997)
  • Sérgio Crestana – bass (1997–2003)
  • Niclas Etelävuori – bass (2003–2006)
  • Waldemar Sorychta – bass (2006–2007)
  • Miguel Gasper - drums (1992-2020)


  • Under the Moonspell (EP) - 1994
  • Wolfheart (LP) - 1995
  • Irreligious (LP) - 1996
  • 2econd Skin (EP) - 1997
  • Sin/Pecado (LP) - 1998
  • The Butterfly Effect (LP) - 1999
  • Darkness and Hope (LP) - 2001
  • The Antidote (LP) - 2003
  • Memorial (LP) - 2006
  • Under Satanae (LP) - 2007
  • Night Eternal (LP) - 2008
  • Alpha Noir (LP) - 2012
  • Omega White (LP) - 2012
  • Extinct (LP) - 2015
  • 1755 (LP) - 2017
  • Hermitage (LP) - 2021

The Hermin Tropes:

  • After the End: The music video for "Night Eternal" takes place in a crumbling world where the sun is blotted out.
  • Black Metal: The debut EP Under the Moonspell, debut album Wolfheart, and Under Satanae qualify. Although in the case of Wolfheart, it's a partial example at most.
  • Cover Version: "Mr. Crowley" from Darkness and Hope.
  • Epic Rocking: A fair number of examples- they have their fair share of songs that go well over 6 minutes in length.
  • Evil Laugh: "Mephisto" ends with one that lasts for 20 seconds.
  • Folk Metal: The debut EP Under the Moonspell, debut album Wolfheart, and Under Satanae qualify.
  • Gothic Metal: Their discography overall is defined by this genre.
  • Happily Married: Ribeiro is married to The Gift lead singer Sonia Tavares.
  • Harsh Vocals: Ribeiro switches frequently between Black Metal style raspy screeching and a deep, melodic, Andrew Eldritch-influenced baritone singing voice.
  • Heavy Mithril: An unconventional example- as they're more likely to focus on vampires, werewolves (in case the band's name doesn't make this one clear), zombies, and the like- but a frequent example nonetheless. It's hardly all they sing about, though.
  • Hidden Track: The Butterfly Effect contains one entitled "O Mal de Cristo" at the end of the last track "K". Instead of silence, interference bips can be heard for 2 minutes (3:28 - 5:28).
    • Memorial has one at the end of "Best Forgotten" entitled "The Sleep of the Sea".
  • Industrial Metal: Slight touches of this on Sin/Pecado, and The Butterfly Effect is a full example. It's Fanon Discontinuity for some fans.
  • Instrumentals: Memorial contains four: "In Memoriam" which segues into "Finisterra", "Sons of Earth", "Proliferation", and "Mare Nostrum".
  • Large Ham: The band as a whole, to some extent (comes with the territory as a Gothic Metal band, after all), but Ribeiro especially. Part of the appeal, really.
  • Long-Runner Line-up: A type 2 from 1992-2020, when the band consisted of Fernando Ribeiro, Pedro Paixão, Ricardo Amorim, Aires Pereira, and Miguel Gaspar.
  • Melodic Death Metal: Everything ever since The Antidote (except for Omega White) is a mix of Gothic Metal and Melodic Death Metal.
  • New Sound Album: A couple of prominent ones:
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: "Tired" from The Butterfly Effect features a sample of Mozart's Requiem at the beginning of the track.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Not normally, but it gets used the odd time. Female guest vocalists are used in these cases. "Luna", "Vampiria", and "An Erotic Alchemy" are good examples.
  • Stop and Go: "Alma Mater" from Wolfheart does this a few times.
  • Subdued Section: A number of their songs utilize this, with clean guitars, synths and prominent temporarily taking over from the heavy riffs for a while before the heaviness comes crashing back.
  • Trilling Rs: Ribeiro could give Peter Steele a rrrrun for his money in this department, when he's not growling, at least.