Moonspell Cast Their Magic on New York City With Support From Leaves’ Eyes, Atrocity + More
Portuguese metal veterans Moonspell are no strangers to New York City and earlier this week they ripped the roof off of a Gramercy Theater, which was swarming with fans. The evening also included spirited sets by Leaves’ Eyes, Atrocity, Fin ’Amour and Firehaze.
Even though gears are turning for Moonspell in terms of new material, the band are touring in support of their 10th studio album, the 2012 double disc ‘Alpha Noir / Omega White.’ Frontman Fernando Ribeiro donned a gladiator head piece at the very beginning of the set for the lead track off of ‘Alpha Noir’ titled ‘Axis Mundi.’
Moonspell are celebrating 20 years as a band and their set was a triumph of their longevity as well as their loyal fanbase. With two decades of music under their belt, the majority of the set was made of older favorites like ‘Scorpion Flower’ off of their eighth record ‘Night Eternal’ as well as ‘Luna’ off of their seventh disc ‘Memorial.’
Crowd surfers came alive and fans headbanged throughout Moonspell’s set. Before the show, we had a chance to sit down and interview Ribeiro, who spoke all about an inspiring meeting as a teenager with Bathory singer Quorthon. Ribeiro talked about how he not only admired him as a singer but he was inspired by his overall attitude and graciousness. Onstage, the Moonspell singer displays the same appreciation and humble attitude towards his fans.
The band also went back further in their legacy as they performed ‘Abysmo’ off of their third studio album ‘Sin/Pecado’ and ‘Opium’ from their sophomore record ‘Irreligious.’ They ended their set with a present tune which was a remembrance to the past. Moonspell concluded with a ‘New Tears Eve,’ which was dedicated to Peter Steele of the very influential Type O Negative.
Earlier in the evening, German and Norwegian symphonic metallers Leaves’ Eyes took Gramercy Theater by storm. Songstress Liv Kristine took listeners to new heights with her angelic voice and uplifting harmonies. Don’t let the soft voice fool you she can also rock out onstage with the best of them. Husband to Liv Kristine and co-vocalist in the band, Alexander Krull, provided the growls and heavier vocal parts while also playfully interacting and sticking his tongue out at fans. The balance between both singers and energy of the group as a whole make them the perfect fit to tour with Moonspell.
Krull and the rest of the talented guys in Leaves’ Eyes did a double shift as they also make up the very enthusiastic group that is Atrocity. Despite being the same lineup as Leaves’ Eyes (minus Liv Kristine), Atrocity have a completely different vibe onstage. The band is strong and tireless and very entertaining to watch live. They even brought two young ladies to party and dance onstage with them … and by dancing we mean putting up some horns and headbanging.
Opening bands of the night included Brooklyn's Fin'amor and fellow hometown act Firehaze, who started off the evening with a balance of dark melodies and heaviness. Go here to see remaining the dates of the Moonspell tour.
Check Out Photos of Moonspell, Leaves' Eyes + Atrocity Performing in NYC Below: