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Moonspell - Hermitage - cd deluxe -

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Nothing quite captures the essence of Moonspell’s Hermitage quite like this quote. While none of us want to think about our favorite bands entering the twilight of their career or their lives, it is a sad reality, but the melancholy behind Hermitage also makes for beautiful work.

The best way to describe this album is “atmospheric.” These Portuguese Goth Metal legends have crafted another set of bewitching songs that are, at times, purely hypnotic. None of this should come as a surprise for fans of Moonspell. They have already set the bar very high over the course of their nearly 30-year career, but, even then, this isn’t (just) another Moonspell album. They’ve continued to craft their sound and have taken yet another step forward. 

Lyrically, Hermitage is, in Ribiero’s words “…about turning our backs to the conventions of modernity. We are currently convincing ourselves that it’s 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.”

This album opens up with the beautifully crafted single, “The Greater Good,” which is both thought-provoking and a rhythmic masterpiece. Hermitage continues with Goth Metal anthem “Common Prayers” and the ethereal piece “All or Nothing,” where atmosphere and melody are crafted together seamlessly.
These first three tracks already offer a fresh take on Moonspell and show further evolution of the band. The title track takes a heavy and twisted turn with perfectly placed and spooky backing choirs and epic bass lines that add to the gloominess and unease of the album. 

Another album heavy hitter is “The Hermit Saints,” which is an imposing track that showcases Moonspell’s heavier side and shows just how dark they can get. This song was a particular highlight on the album as it brings together all of the darkness, skill, and power that has fueled Moonspell throughout the years and packs it into a truly powerful track.

These two tracks balance the album perfectly and the lyrical connection between the two is just *chef’s kiss.* The album creates a journey and a fully crafted story that, outside of concept records, is rare and creates an ebb and flow within the album that carries the listener through.

Instrumental track “Solitarian” adds more shades of gray to the album, playing around with the many nuances that come from the drums and guitars. The final track, also instrumental, closes the album on the somber note it opened with, creating a sense of longing with each note. 

Hermitage is a far more subtle album than 1755 or ExtinctMoonspell have created a balance between rock and knowing when to pull back and allow the music to tell their respective story. Hermitage pulls in influences from prog and metal, with clear influences of Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden. It is bleak and somber, with absolutely captivating melodies and plenty of power, conviction, and Gothic richness. 



Way Down in the Rust Bucket, a never-before released, incendiary and essential live album and concert film documenting a legendary 1990 show with Crazy Horse in Santa Cruz, California. Way Down in the Rust Bucket features the debut public performances and much of the songwriter’s grungy, cranked-up 1990 album, Ragged Glory.

After recording Ragged Glory at Broken Arrow Ranch in the spring of 1990 and releasing it that September, Young and Crazy Horse took the stage at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on November 13 to unleash the songs upon a live audience. In true Crazy Horse fashion, the incendiary show ran across three sets and over three hours, with songs like “Love and Only Love” and “Like a Hurricane” hypnotically stretching past ten minutes. The Catalyst gig also marked the first time “Danger Bird”—a cut from Young’s 1975 album Zuma—was played for a live audience, thundering on into psychedelic six-string fireworks. Other live debuts on Way Down in the Rust Bucket include “Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze”, “Love to Burn”, “Farmer John”, “Over and Over”, “Fuckin’ Up”, “Mansion on the Hill”, and “Love and Only Love.”

Way Down in the Rust Bucket—which is #11.5 in Neil Young’s Performance Series—will be released in a number of variations. A deluxe edition box set will contain a DVD of the electrifying live concert—directed by Bernard Shakey and produced and directed for Shakey Pictures and Upstream Multimedia by LA Johnson—alongside four LPs and two CDs. The DVD contains one additional performance of “Cowgirl In The Sand” (13 minutes’ worth!) which does not appear on the vinyl or CD editions. Other versions will include a 4LP vinyl box set and a 2CD set.

Way Down in the Rust Bucket is a worthy reminder of all the greatness he has up his sleeves.


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