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Release date: 1996
Style: Gothic metal


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01. Perverse... Almost Religious
02. Opium
03. Awake
04. For A Taste Of Eternity
05. Ruin & Misery
06. A Poisoned Gift
07. Subversion
08. Raven Claws
09. Mephisto
10. Herr Spiegelmann
11. Full Moon Madness

Top 20 albums of 1996: 10
Top 200 albums of all time: 197

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Additional info
A video was made for "Opium".

The original Brazilian edition featured the bonus tracks:
1. ...of Dream And Drama (Midnight Ride) (Live)
2. Alma Mater (Live)

Reissued again on November 17, 2007 with new artwork, remastered, Liner notes by Fernando Ribeiro, 28 page booklet and a bonus live CD with the following tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Opium
3. Awake
4. Ruin & Misery
5. Raven Claws
6. Herr Spiegelmann
7. Mephisto
8. Intro
9. For a Taste of Eternity
10. Fullmoon Madness

And an extra track in CD 1 - Opium (radio edit)

Also released on LP, limited to 1,500 copies.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

When I think about depressive melodies, the first country that comes to my mind is surely not Portugal. However, this gothic/doom metal band called Moonspell is from Portugal and these musicians show once again that metal is a worldwide music. 1996's Irreligious was released one year after Wolfheart and from the first note, it's easy to hear the difference between these two albums . This time, Fernando Ribeiro sings as he never managed to do before. But more than his voice, this album just amazes me due to the beauty exhaled by the songs.

published 22.09.2003 | Comments (9)

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The Melting Snow - 06.05.2012 at 18:03  
Rating: 10 One of my favorite albums of all time. Full moon madness, Awake, A poisoned gift are deep, meaningful, melodic. my favorites.
Erik M. - 26.11.2012 at 23:09  
Rating: 8 A more consistent album than Wolfheart (but still not as good), as I like pretty much every song equally. If I had to choose I'd say A Poisoned Gift is my favourite and Opium and Raven Claws are my least favourites.

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