Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have issued the following update:
"We just came back from an intense, hard but successful tour, where, every night, we had a HUGE response to our shows and songs. We are thankful to everybody who attended the shows and gave so much of themselves. We are happy to inform that we are on the verge of confirming another tour in North America as well as few dates in South America, between October and November, as well as some dates for Russia before the festivals. More details will follow soon; stay tuned. After that tour is finished, we intend to write a new album to be recorded and released in 2010. We will also make a decision over the plan of having an acoustic album for MOONSPELL.
"As for related news, the fado [the Portuguese equivalent of flamenco or blues] project Fernando [Ribeiro; vocals] is involved made number #1 in Portuguese charts and has maintained this position for the second week in a row. "
As previously reported, Fernando Ribeiro makes a guest appearance on an album called "Amália Hoje", which was released in Portugal on April 27. The CD features a number of Portuguese artists paying tribute to Amália Rodrigues, who was the unchallenged queen of fado. Ribiero can be heard on two songs — "O Grito" and "Formiga Bossa Nova" (audio available below). Also appearing on the album, which was produced by Nuno Gonçalves (THE GIFT), are Sónia Tavares (THE GIFT) and Paulo Praça (ex-TURBO JUNKIE), among others.
MOONSPELL released its long-awaited new DVD, "Lusitanian Metal", in December in Europe via Century Media Records. The first disc features one complete live show recorded live in Katowice in 2004, all video clips (from "Opium" to "Everything Invaded"), an in-depth interview with all current band members and a detailed discography. The second disc offers a historical overview of the Portuguese metal group's period as a Century Media recording artist, with no less than 50 live tracks, starting with some very old-school live rehearsal recordings back in 1992 and ending with live footage from the "Spreading The Eclipse Tour".
"Lusitanian Metal" is available as luxurious limited-edition kingsize mediabook with both DVDs as well as a CD with the complete Katowice show as well as a standard 2DVD in a super jewel case. The CD included in the limited edition is also available separately.
The band's latest album, "Night Eternal", entered the national chart in Portugal at No. 3 and in Germany at No. 62. The follow-up to 2006's "Memorial" was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, HALFORD).