Review of the new 2021 Moonspell album Hermitage via Napalm Records. MOONSPELL is a Portuguese gothic metal band originally formed in 1992, this especially notable now with them approaching their 30th anniversary. Hermitage is the group's 13th studio album following 2017's 1755. Says lead singer Fernando Ribeiro, “We know that we are entering the final years of our career as musicians: the winter of our lifetime... The record is called Hermitage and it’s about turning our backs to the conventions of modernity. We are currently convincing ourselves that it’s all about us, that we (humanity) are everything. That the world revolves around us. However, ipsi facto, we are nothing and nothing revolves around us. Moonspell’s goal, on these last turns around the Sun, are to write the best music we possibly can." What follows feels like an appropriate departure from the grandeur and heaviness of the previous outing, more often than not preferring a smaller, more rock-oriented sound with, strangely enough, the most common influence coming to mind being Pink Floyd.
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