Portugal’s Moonspell has announced that they are in pre-production with Jon Phipps at their home studios (Inferno) in Portugal working on their upcoming album 1755. The album is centered around the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and focused on the death and subsequent rebirth of Lisbon and how the disaster changed the country’s religion, politics and philosophy.
1755 will be sung entirely in the band’s native tongue, Portuguese. Originally, the concept was supposed to be a 4-song bonus for the Lisboa Under the Spell DVD-Blu-ray (recorded last February in Lisbon and set to be released in 2018). The album turned into a full length effort that will be produced by Tue Madsen (Antfarm Studios, Denmark) who worked with the band in a few previous releases (Under Satanæ, Night Eternal, Alpha Noir / Omega White).
Fernando Ribeiro (lead singer) explains: “We fell in love with the concept and made perfect sense to sing it in our national language, Portuguese. I guess we were just waiting for the right opportunity to work on such an album. Musically it will be heavier than Extinct. It will be earthshaking but also very detailed with orchestrations and percussion as we want people to relive the Lisbon of the 18th century. Singing it in Portuguese, allowed me to find a different expression as a vocalist and my job is to be the survivor of the Earthquake, roaming the ruins and telling you all about it.”
Check out Moonspell in the studio below.