Moonspell - Hermitage



7.7 | 178 votes |
Release date: 26 February 2021
Style: Gothic metal

Owners:

64 have it
25 want it


01. The Greater Good
02. Common Prayers
03. All Or Nothing
04. Hermitage
05. Entitlement
06. Solitarian
07. The Hermit Saints
08. Apophthegmata
09. Without Rule
10. City Quitter (Outro)
11. Darkness In Paradise [Candlemass cover] [bonus]

Line-up
Fernando Ribeiro - vocals
Pedro Paixão - keyboards
Ricardo Amorim - guitars
Hugo Ribeiro - drums
Aires Pereira - bass

Additional info
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios, UK.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Rating:
8.6
"Hermitage is an open-hearted invitation to simplicity. To be humble. To be thankful. To serve you solace. Provide you comfort, entertainment. We sincerely hope this call reaches you. That you kindly accept what we offer. That you take our music with you to the place you must feel as yours. To your secret place, to your hermitage. Blessed be." - Fernando Ribeiro

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published 16.02.2021 | Comments (23)

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24.03.2021 - 12:14
Rating: 8
gabrielrsilva

The new album by the classic Portuguese band proves once again that Moonspell can reinvent themselves, without ever losing the Gothic atmosphere that defines them. Hermitage is less bombastic than its predecessor (the excellent 1755), but still, this is an impactful album that demonstrates all phases of the band, from the calm of "All or Nothing", to the epic that is "The Hermit Saints". This is an album that deserves everyone's attention and that demonstrates, once again, that Moonspell is one of the most consistent and talented bands in all of metal. For me, a big 8!
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25.03.2021 - 09:24
Rating: 9
The Melting Snow

Written by gabrielrsilva on 24.03.2021 at 12:14

This is an album that deserves everyone's attention and that demonstrates, once again, that Moonspell is one of the most consistent and talented bands in all of metal.


from the album sales and reviews on the internet it does look like it's getting a lot of attention. it's topped charts in Portugal for the 3rd week in a row. Fernando said in an interview the band doesn't care much for poor ratings and reviews as long as the ones reviewing have paid for the music, which makes sense. the band has accepted that whatever they do, they'll be criticized for it.

coming to metalstorm ratings, could this album be the "most appreciated poorly rated" album over here?
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26.03.2021 - 21:59
Rating: 7
tsd

Written by The Melting Snow on 25.03.2021 at 09:24

Could this album be the "most appreciated poorly rated" album over here?


Why, isn't it doing well as is?
I recognise it as a sign of maturity when an album doesn't necessarily receive a hyped up 9/10 score on release. It's more credible when the rating given includes some admission of the weak points, even though you might enjoy an album.

Besides, unless you are dealing with a universally terrible album, most scores end up to be within the 5-10 range. Current 7.7 score does justice to the album and the band against the backdrop of their other work.
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