Portuguese metal band MOONSPELL will release their 13th studio album, "Hermitage", on February 26, 2021 via Napalm Records. The music video for the album's third single, "All Or Nothing", can be streamed below.
"The video for 'All Or Nothing' was recorded in an empty theatre in Portugal and it's symbolic of our days," vocalist Fernando Ribeiro says. "Solitude dominates our lives and we divide our attentions and heartbeats at the groove of darkness and hope. At the mercy of all that can be and the nothing that we have to deal with right now. It's a song that relies on a more intimate melodic frame, emotional, autobiographic almost, about the joy and the sorrow that is being in a band."
He continues: "Life is a game you cannot win. You just have to play. Our job is done, we brought you joy. Every now and then."
Fernando said: "We know that we are entering the final years of our career as musicians: the winter of our lifetime. We don't care about people saying we're still young at heart, or 'leading' wolves in a pack. We are not! But we do care about how those around us feel about us, and this album is all about how we feel, our answers to your questions. Under these circumstances, we feel our musical stakes are higher than ever. For us, it's not about likes or algorithms, reach, or opportunity of growth. We only care about the music. Music does come first on this album you will hold in your hands soon enough."
He continued: "The record is about turning our backs to the conventions of modernity. We are currently convincing ourselves that it's all about us, that we (humanity) are everything. That the world revolves around us. However, ipsi facto, we are nothing and nothing revolves around us. Moonspell's goal, on these last turns around the Sun, are to write the best music we possibly can. To tell you a few stories with our lyrics, to be close to you in these times of distancing. We wish not to tease you or to influence you or to sell you our fish. We want to sit down with you at your table and feast together upon our notes and words. Like if we were close friends, like back in the time where music matters the most. In your bedroom listening to music, without having to post our smart remarks about it, inviting the hate in.
"Hermitage" track listing:
01. The Greater Good 02. Common Prayers 03. All Or Nothing 04. Hermitage 05. Entitlement 06. Solitarian 07. The Hermit Saints 08. Apophthegmata 09. Without Rule 10. City Quitter (Outro)
+ Bonus tracks:
11. Darkness In Paradise (CANDLEMASS cover; available on LP, deluxe box, MC + mediabook) 12. The Great Leap Forward (7" vinyl; available in deluxe box)