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MOONSPELL In Pre-Production For Portuguese Language ‘1755’ About Great Lisbon Earthquake
March 11th, 2017

Portuguese gothic metal group Moonspell are currently in pre-production with John Phipps at the band’s Inferno studios in Portugal for 12th full-length studio album 1755. Production will be handled by Tue Madsen, once again.

A Portuguese-language affair, 1755 will concern the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, also known as the Great Lisbon earthquake, which occurred in the Kingdom of Portugal. In combination with subsequent fires and a tsunami, the earthquake almost totally destroyed Lisbon and adjoining areas.

Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro issued the following statement: “We fell in love with the concept and made perfect sense to sing it in our national language, Portuguese. I guess we were just waiting for the right opportunity to work on such an album. Musically, it will be heavier than Extinct. It will be earthshaking but also very detailed with orchestrations and percussion as we want people to relive the Lisbon of the 18th century. Singing it in Portuguese allowed me to find a different expression as a vocalist and my job is to be the survivor of the earthquake, roaming the ruins and telling you all about it.”

1755 was originally conceived as a four-song bonus set to accompany forthcoming DVD Lisboa Under The Spell, which was recorded on February 4th, 2017 at the Campo Pequeno arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

Moonspell’s line-up is as follows;

Fernando Ribeiro (vocals)
Ricardo Amorim (guitars)
Pedro Paixão (guitars and keyboards)
Aires Pereira (bass)
Mike Gaspar (drums)

Eleventh studio record Extinct was released in March 2015 via Napalm Records.