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Portuguese metal troupe Moonspell have decided to revisit their past and re-record their early works to give this era's body of work the splendor and richness these epic metal tracks deserve. The 10-track affair titled UNDER SATANAE even includes the band taking on its old stage names to complete the retro black metal meets goth rock vibe permeated through cuts like "Tenebrarum Oratorium". Considered classic by many, these songs now have the benefit of modernization on their side, an element that assists the raw attitude found on tracks like "Ancient Winter Goddess" to pummel with the force always intended. If you've been disappointed with Moonspell's most recent direction, this disc should reaffirm your faith that this outfit can still churn out powerful and sinister music.
- Mike SOS