Moonspell / Fernando Ribeiro talks about ‘Hermitage’

Gothic Metal pioneers Moonspell will release their 13th album ‘Hermitage’ 26 February 2021, via Napalm Records.

The Moonspell tradition of writing dark, Gothic Metal songs, is once again in at the forefront and their craft of producing honest, emotional Metal that binds us even in the darkest times, is sure to be a welcome release for many.

Cover of the album Hermitage from Moonspell

Lead singer Fernando Ribeiro told MetalTalk: “We know that we are entering the final years of our career as musicians: the winter of our lifetime. We do not care about people saying we are still young at heart, or ‘leading’ wolves in a pack. We are not!

“But we do care about how those around us feel about us and this album is all about how we feel, our answers to your questions.

“Under these circumstances, we feel our musical stakes are higher than ever. For us, it is not about likes or algorithms, reach, or opportunity of growth.

“We only care about the music.

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“Music does come first on this album you will hold in your hands soon enough. The record is called ‘Hermitage’ and it is about turning our backs to the conventions of modernity. We are currently convincing ourselves that it is 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. To tell you a few stories with our lyrics, to be close to you in these times of distancing. We wish not to tease you or to influence you or to sell you our fish.

“We want to sit down with you at your table and feast together upon our notes and words.

“Like if we were close friends, like back in the time where music matters the most. In your bedroom listening to music, without having to post our smart remarks about it, inviting the hate in.

“‘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.”

‘Hermitage’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Paradise Lost, Primordial, Ghost, Sólstafir and many more) at the Orgone Studios in the UK.

The album can be pre-ordered from


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Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pedro Paixão – Keys, Guitar
Aires Pereira – Bass
Hugo Ribeiro – Drums

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