"Under Satanae" is the name chosen
for the newest Moonspell
offering. However, this does not consist of new material necessarily. All
10 tracks are re-recorded songs from the "Under the Moonspell"
mcd, the "Anno Satanae" demo and the legendary 1st ever Moonspell
(or Morbid God, at that time) track... Serpent Angel! Everything pretty
much sounds the same except for the much more refined production. OK...
so I guess that would mean it doesn't sound "exactly" the same.
The aura of their early sound such as the erotic, romantic, almost Mediterranean
atmosphere from the early days is very much present on this release. The
bass and guitar sound is very much a raw prototype as on the original releases,
but the drums bring out a much more diverse level rather than the simple
drum sound from before. The drums sound still has that thrashy 80's kick-type
style. I suppose, too, you could look at it from the other standpoint as
well. It's tough to analyze after hearing most of this for so many years
with the muddier sound. Langsuyars' (or Fernando) vocals are straight up
filthy. Deep guttural growls accompany high black metal style screams and
of course, that sorta southern style chant or yell. I don't think anyone
will be disappointed with this if you were a fan from back then. If you
have just recently started to follow Moonspell or are yet to hear them,
all the power. Let it be known that this is Moonspell’s beginning,
their roots and their foundation. You need to hear this one first! Enjoy!!
Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell