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Moonspell - Memorial (Song by Song)

With: Fernando Ribeiro [Vocals]
Conducted by: Grigal
Published: 10.05.2006

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Album info: Memorial

Disc I [CD]
01. In Memoriam
02. Finisterra
03. Memento Mori
04. Sons Of Earth
05. Blood Tells
06. Upon The Blood Of Men
07. At The Image Of Pain
08. Sanguine
09. Proliferation
10. Once It Was Ours!
11. Mare Nostrum
12. Luna
13. Best Forgotten
14. Atlantic [Special Luxury Digipak bonus]
15. Phantom North [Portuguese bonus]

Disc II [DVD]
01. Memento Mori [Live at CC estúdio 2]
02. Blood Tells [Live at CC estúdio 2]
03. Best Forgotten [Live at CC estúdio 2]
04. In Memoriam [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
05. Finisterra [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
06. Memento Mori [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
07. Blood Tells [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
08. Proliferation [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
09. Upon The Blood of Men [Live at Vilar de Mouros Festival]
+ Finisterra [video]
+ Luna [video]
+ Making Of Finisterra [video]


It translates from Latin as the end of the Earth. In the Middle Ages, Portugal stood on that position as it was, geographically, the end of Europe, and, by all means, the end of the known world. From Portugal on, across the Atlantic, there was darkness, mystery, fear and curiosity (Sapere Aude-Dare to know). I think this position still, to the day, haunts us and when mixed with personal stories and feelings, created a song that simply represents someone at the end of the world looking further down, not knowing if he wants to go or to stay or to come back. This will be the first single for the album, and beware! It is a very surprising song.

Memento Mori:

Curiously enough, the album ended up by starting with two Latin expressions/sentences which relates a lot to more traditional aspect of the lyrics, getting their characteristics in classical sources. Memento mori is something like the moment of your passing, the moment of your death. We tried to write a song that could capture that moment and all that gravitates around it. It contains some killer riffs and a pulse that won't let you breed just as if you were on that very (unique) moment of your life. For it does just take one second, really, to change everything.

Sons of Earth:

Is the first instrumental piece of the record. There will be some more punctuating it further on. We wanted to do that in order to recreate the vibe of some old Metal records that allowed people to "travel" around the record while bridging the songs. Sometimes it reminds me of Classical Death by Testament which would be more than a compliment for us. It has also a touch of Do you dream o me? by Tiamat. All in all it is a pause on an otherwise intense album and something that fits really well in the general picture of Memorial.

Blood Tells:

Is one of my favourite songs and lyrics as it deals with how I feel being on a band and all that comes along. It is a tribute to my band members, to this strange kind of existence and a tribute to our fans. It can also serve as an affirmation of self-belief and strength to the many people who have been putting us down and ignoring us for years. If someone is curious and wants to know about how I feel being in a band, I advise the reading of this text. I love the final sentence What the soul hides, blood tells! and I am considering tattooing it. Favourite song from Waldemar Sorychta!

Upon The Blood Of Men:

Recovers the theme of the human race, or genre, as one being destined for perdition, for hating, for war and how they try everything to deceive their destiny of power wolves so to say. The tricky thing about this is that hate is the most used word on it but I do not at all t do an apology of hate, much rather to expose its unavoidable and innate nature and the fact that we all fail to learn from the blood wasted on the sands of war and fights. Musically it's a fast song, rich in harmonies, in message, with fine riffs and great drumming, I love its drive.

At The Image Of Pain:

I thought about this title; imagine that, on an Anthony and the Johnsons show and I spent all the show roaming that expression. When I came home and started to feel more comfortable with it, I reckon it was a meaningful title, catchy and defining of the "born to suffer" mentality we all have in a given time of our existence. The expression reminds me of Voltaire, an author I praise immensely. The song has a quote from Machiavelli as well as a guest appearance by Big Boss from the Czech band Root, one of our all time favourites. Musically I think it fits like a metal glove after Upon the blood?I love the initial riff (reminds of the greatly missed Death) and the chorus. There is a very cool underground vibe about this song.


Thankfully, a typical Moonspell song. It has the dark drive and vibe of Irreligious all over it. It is a wolferian love song dealing with the things that love bring along: complicity, challenge, trade, personal warfare. Reminds me of the Company of Wolves by Neil Jordan (the movie), it was that images I had in mind and passed on to the others. The b part with the staccato brings me the chills and you can feel many times the wolves roaming in the darkness, making love and fighting until death.


It started as an experience we used for a contemporary dance piece we wrote in 2004. Pedro come up with an orchestration based on Stranvisky's Rite of Spring, which is a very powerful piece taking you into a Pagan atmosphere almost. Then Mike and Waldemar started to fuck up with the song a little and the result, for me, is fuckin insane! It adds a new dimension to the album, it is evil and dark as few and one of the best pieces of music written by the guys. I love it!

Once it was ours!:

Finitude and loss all the way incarnated in a song. It was, I believe, one of our first composed themes if not the first. It endured all stages of the composition, changing here and there but staying very close to the original always. It has a Celtic Frost vibe into it, crazy blackened vocals, and a superbly wicked violin B part. It speaks about what we lost and why the fuck we can not get it back. We are to blame.

Mare Nostrum:

A simple instrumental piece to round up the message from Once. Reports into the sea and its mysticism, of the things we can expect from it be it the miracle of salvation or the blessing of destruction. Portugal springs up in our music again.


It stands totally out of the album because it is smoother but Waldemar did a great job putting the song together. It is the catchiest, more gothic song of the album and some people called it a hit which always makes me laugh. The story about it is around a lunar breed, cursed under the sign of Luna but I tried to make this simplicity working for us that is not to be dull and to go by the (gothic) book. It has a cool Type O vibe about it and might remind you of assorted bands from the Eighties and even some early Moonspell, here and there. Brigit Zacher stars on it with her beautiful voice, a great comeback of female vocals into our music. Since Sin that we haven't used any.

Best Forgotten:

Is the song surprised me the most. It combines a weird waltz tempo with Sabbathian riffs and even tough is the most disperse song in the sense that it has so many different parts, they all came together in the end in a very interesting manner. I love the verse and the bridge with its tiny progressive feeling. The lyrics are a dialogue between two lovers. A dialogue of shadows.


Comments: 12   Visited by: 104 users
19.05.2006 - 01:06
Very interesting and cool. Some of them were quite surprising to me, since I thought they were about something completely different. Definitely an interesting read.
19.05.2006 - 11:45
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vVery nice insight into the lyrics there... I was also surprised as to the meaning of a few of the songs.
20.05.2006 - 12:48
particularly interesting interview to understand the concept of the songs and the album in general, that helps a lot.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

Like you could kiss my ass.

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21.05.2006 - 18:23
Gustav II Adolph
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I always love reading and hearing the ideas behind the music, thats what made Lamentations so great, I wish more artists would release these kind of press pieces because I think it gives fans more insight into the music. I know some musicians and musical puritans (like myself) like to know whats going on a lot. Thanks for this guys.
01.06.2006 - 19:55
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Thank u mate for the topic really i like this band $o much
01.07.2006 - 20:26
Xtreme Jax
I bought the album today, the first for me listening to this band and really impressed me ALOT! Nice to compare the ideas to what i thought of compared to the meanings of the songs.

Interesting reading, thanks heaps.

Hellcunt Smurf
17.07.2006 - 00:18

Moonspell makes portuguese metalheads very proud \\m/
"i still can't imagine any of them dead. They live on; they are fixed on that far-off region called childhood, were nothing ever dies, not even oneself."
02.08.2006 - 14:43

Moonspell rules. I had the opurtunity to see one of their concerts in SBSR and it fucking ruled. Moonspell is the best portuguese metal band
20.08.2006 - 00:34
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Because of Moonspell I know where Portugal is. ^.^

Of course, this happened many years ago. ^.~

I couldn't love "Wolfheart" more.
08.09.2006 - 01:34
Dark Phoenix
OMG I had had Memorial for a month or two now and haven't listedned it till today. Now I can't stop playing it, it has to be one of the best Moonspell albums, really, a great improvement after the last album! Personally I like Sanguine, as it was nicely said, it has a bit of Irreligious in itself and Luna the most, here again I agree it has a gothic touch; overall the album is amazing, mesmerizing and engulfing!

Man, not liking Moonspell must be a sin!
You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was a man. But it was nothing to me but blinding.
14.09.2006 - 00:11
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Written by Guest on 20.08.2006 at 00:34

Because of Moonspell I know where Portugal is. ^.^

Ehehe I'm from Portugal When I watched Moonspell, godamn, I got ALL their autographs.
Great interview. Very interesting.
10.11.2006 - 16:01
Uky0 6(Six)6
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Written by Mother_North on 17.07.2006 at 00:18

Moonspell makes portuguese metalheads very proud \\m/

yes it does.... it almost makes me feel happy about beeing portuguese (almost)


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