Livestream Review: Moonspell – Irreligious and Hermitage

Moonspell present back-to-back live streams! Firstly celebrating the 25th anniversary of Irreligious and, for the first time, getting to play material from the latest album Hermitage in front of a live audience of 300 fans.

I have a huge soft spot for Irreligious as this was my introduction to the band two and a half decades earlier. For me this album is still the beating heart of Moonspell.

For a lot of the set, both staging and backdrops provided the perfect blend for the gothic atmosphere and nature of the album and after watching this set I finished off the night revisiting the album.

Irreligious setlist:

  1. Perverse… Almost Religious
  2. Opium
  3. Awake!
  4. For a Taste of Eternity
  5. Ruin & Misery
  6. A Poisoned Gift
  7. Subversion
  8. Raven Claws
  9. Mephisto
  10. Herr Spiegelmann
  11. Full Moon Madness

The encore featured saw the return of Pedro Paixão on rhythm guitar for the first time since 2004.

  • In and Above Men
  • From Lowering Skies
  • Abysmo
  • Finnistera
  • Blood Tells

The following day was the turn of the latest album Hermitage which I also reviewed upon its release.

Although the albums are night and day the band still injected the same passion and energy as they did the previous night. Much I enjoyed the previous night’s set more overall, it was fantastic to see the new material performed for the first time.

The band played this set in album order

Hermitage setlist:

  1. The Greater Good
  2. Common Prayers
  3. All or Nothing
  4. Hermitage
  5. Entitlement
  6. Solitarian
  7. The Hermit Saints
  8. Apophtegmata
  9. Without Rule
  10. City Quitter

Encore:

  • Wolfshade (A Werewolf Masquerade)
  • Breathe (Until We Are No More)
  • Night Eternal
  • Shadow Sun

A great bonus was the option to download the performances which no doubt I’m going to revisit. A great mix of the past and the present.

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