PRESS RELEASE: On October 7th, 2016, an immortal Century Media Records classic, the gothic metal masterpiece “Irreligious” by Moonspell returns on vinyl for the first time since its original release back in 1996!
In cooperation with the band, Century Media Records decided to re-visit the band’s quintessential 1996 album “Irreligious” as original vinyl editions have been hard to find and are very expensive nowadays. This 20th anniversary edition includes various additional treats that should make it a real highlight for all the band’s new and old fans worldwide:
“Irreligious” comes housed in a wide spine LP sleeve including the 180 gram vinyl with the album mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel (Iced Earth, Tiamat, Grave), the entire album on CD, a 4-page LP-sized booklet with an introduction and commented live and promo photos by Fernando Ribeiro plus all lyrics. Apart from that, a replica of an original 1996 promotional poster was added resulting in the ultimate edition of this masterpiece!
Moonspell comments: “None of us really thought it through. The possibility of being years, twenty years after, celebrating an album and, why the hell not, a decade of great music, fusion, experiment, freedom. “Irreligious” will always be our highlight, our piece-de-resistance. Not that the other albums were mistakes in any form. Just that we are still sure that with “Irreligious” we helped shaping a style, a new thing in underground metal, something European, classic and mystical, a beautiful beast, laid to birth after an eternal night of passion and doom between metal and goth. We will be playing some twenty years shows on selected dates in Europe and Portugal. Come vista the wolves! And …finally thanks to the good chaps of CM we will be releasing the “Opium” maxi for the first time ever on vinyl (out November 25th)! So plenty of reasons to be celebrating with us, because when you celebrate music you celebrate life, a value which was never so fragile but also so precious as today in a world that has never learnt how to get rid of religion. So, consequently embrace better values, avoid terror and choose beauty over it.”
“Irreligious” will be released in the following vinyl colours and limitations:
black – not limited, available worldwide
transparent red – 100 units, exclusive to Century Media’s European webstore:
transparent orange – 500 units, MOONSPELL exclusive, available via
transparent green – 200 units, exclusive to EMP:
gold – 200 units, exclusive to Century Media’s US webstore
European presale starts on September 9, 2016 – US presale starts on August 26, 2016, so stay tuned to!
Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook page for presale announcements of the transparent orange vinyl and the “Opium” vinyl edition!
Moonspell – Irreligious (Vinyl-Reissue 2016) side-split / track-listing:
Side A
01. Perverse….almost Religious
02. Opium
03. Awake
04. For A Taste Of Eternity
05. Ruin And Misery
06. A Poisoned Gift
Side B
01. Subversion
02. Raven Claws
03. Mephisto
04. Herr Spiegelmann
05. Full Moon Madness
01. Perverse….almost Religious
02. Opium
03. Awake
04. For A Taste Of Eternity
05. Ruin And Misery
06. A Poisoned Gift
07. Subversion
08. Raven Claws
09. Mephisto
10. Herr Spiegelmann
11. Full Moon Madness
Moonspell are Portugal’s most prominent metal act and are still highly successful these days! When “Irreligious” was released back in 1996, it probably left the whole metal scene awestruck. The black metal feeling of “Wolfheart” was more or less gone. Instead of taking the next logical step towards brutality and grimness, MOONSPELL took a turn to the side and offered eleven songs of beautiful melodies, bewitching lyrics and majestic gloom. Be it “Opium”, “Raven Claws”, “Mephisto” or the monolithic “Full Moon Madness”, every single song on “Irreligious” was and still is a proof of why MOONSPELL achieved massive success with this album and beyond.
For more bittersweet nostalgia, check out the classic video for “Opium”:
Moonspell live
25.08.2016 Corroios, Festas Da Vila, Portugal
30.09.2016 Yverdon-Les-Bains, L’Amalagame, Switzerland
with The Foreshadowing & Eleine
01.10.2016 Luzern, Schurr, Switzerland
02.10.2016 Milan, Trezzo Sull’Adda, Italy * Vintage show *
03.10.2016 Nova Gorica, Mostovna Club, Slovenia
04.10.2016 Zagreb, Vintage Club, Croatia
05.10.2016 Belgrade, Dom Omladine, Serbia
06.10.2016 Sofia, Mixtape 5, Bulgaria
07.10.2016 Thessaloniki, Eightball 1, Greece
08.10.2016 Larnaca, Savino Live, Cyprus
09.10.2016 Athens, Kyttaro Live, Greece
11.10.2016 Kosice, Collosseum, Slovakia
12.10.2016 Prague, Storm Club, Czech Republic
13.10.2016 Leipzig, Hellraiser, Germany
14.10.2016 Hameln, Autumn Moon Fest, Germany
15.10.2016 Bucharest, Maximum Rock Fest, Romania
17.10.2016 Tel Aviv, Barby Club * Vintage show *
with Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Volker
02.12.2016 Guimaraes, Pavilão Multiusos, Portugal * XX Years Irreligious *
06.12.2016 Murcia, Garaje Beat, Spain
07.12.2016 Madrid, Changó, Spain
08.12.2016 Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2, Spain
09.12.2016 Istres, L’Usine, France
10.12.2016 Audincourt, Le Moloco, France
11.12.2016 Caen, Le Cargo, France
14.12.2016 Savigny-le-Temple, L’Empreinte, France
15.12.2016 Nancy, Chez Paulette, France
17.12.2016 Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting, Netherlands * XX Years Irreligious *
MOONSPELL online – official webstore