[ photo: Gruta de Mira D'Aire ]
Portuguese dark metal maestros MOONSPELL are not only currently gearing up for their upcoming, extensive “Ultima Ratio Fest” tour – kicking off this week – but aptly, they will also release their very special, new BluRay/DVD/Album, entitled From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep, this Friday, on September 30 via Napalm Records.
With From Down Below – Live 80 Meters Deep, the band presents their latest; 2021-studio album, Hermitage, live and recorded 80 meters below the earth, at the heart of one of Portugal’s seven natural wonders, the Grutas de Mira D'Aire! The recording boasts a one-of-a-kind sound and visual sensation with its heavy dose of cinematic flavor, unreal atmosphere and the encircling, resounding nature in its raw form, while showcasing MOONSPELL’s much acclaimed album Hermitage at its primal best, live from inside one of the most impressive caves in Europe.
Previously, the dark and gothic metal pioneers have already shared live music videos for "Entitlement" and the breathtaking album title track. Today, the final and third album single has dropped - a haunting clip for "Apophthegmata", in which crystal clear piano, razor-sharp riffage and Fernando Ribeiro’s haunting voice persuades in otherworldly resonance with its unique sound and visual sensation.
Says the charismatic frontman:
"Apophthegmata is a Greek word that defines a collection of texts, a book with the most important lessons and revelations of the Desert Fathers, the kings of Hermits. They stood in the darkness to enlighten themselves and often brought their conclusions of peace and wisdom to their restless and suffering communities. This sing stands for exactly that, musically speaking: a game of light and shadow, a bridge between fragility and strength. It quickly became a must on our setlist and a fan favourite of the Hermitage album. Enjoy the light, learn with the darkness, be kind to yourself so you can be kind to others."
Watch the haunting video for the new live version of "Apophthegmata" here: