In order to celebrate their -nothing short of amazing- 30 years career, crowned by the band’s latest and critically acclaimed studio album Hermitage live, together with their European wolfpack, the undisputed kings of the dark, MOONSPELL, have announced a series of tour dates for 2022!
Ever since their formation 30 years ago, the Portuguese took the international heavy music scene by storm, followed by a monumental journey through an impressive, enthralling yet various back catalogue of thirteen records earning their places as one of the most distinctive dark metal classics of all time. But playing live has always been the motor of the band. Especially after the world went into shutdown the more MOONSPELL showed the typical hunger of wolves, and just revealed to team up with no one less than MY DYING BRIDE, BORKNAGAR, WOLFHEART and HINAYANA for an extensive European tour run in 2022!
My Dying Bride, one of THE doom metal bands per excellence joins this high- class line-up. Along with Paradise Lost and Anathema, the British band from Halifax has been lauded as one of the Doomy Three who popularised the genre in the 90s. However, the formation was rarely seen on tour - in this respect the “Ultima Ratio Fest” tour not only offers one of the rare opportunities to experience My Dying Bride but to celebrate their latest album, "The Ghost Of Orion”, live.
Progressive Black Metallers Borknagar are no strangers to the scene either. Founded in 1995 and featuring members of acts such as Enslaved, Immortal, Gorgoroth and Ulver, there’s hardly any other formation that developed classic Black Metal with as much musical versatility as these Norwegians!
And although the Finns of Wolfheart have only been active since 2013, they have left a big stamp with their heavy, melodic doom metal sound. Their last album "Wolfes Of Karelia" even made it to number #8 in the official album charts. Up&coming melodic death metal band, Hinayana, rounds up this eclectic tour package: The Texas- based band made their debut in 2018 but with their latest record, "Death Of The Cosmic", they stepped out as one of the US best kept metal secrets!
Says MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro about the upcoming tour: “Musically speaking, this might be the best tour Moonspell has ever joined. My Dying Bride is one of our favourites when it comes to deep emotional songwriting and there's no one that can spell Doom as they do. Borkanagar’s last album (Pure North) is a masterpiece and of course that Wolfheart has a special place in our “heart” for reasons that are obvious. We will be celebrating our 30 years together as a band in amazing company and if you’re into bands that “do it for the music” this is a one of a kinda experience that no true fan can afford to miss.
We will be revisiting our career and play classics, new songs and hidden gems alike, so the hype is real, brace yourself for an extraordinary voyage in the amazing company of these bands, probably the best and most heartfelt tour of 2022.”
30 years of MOONSPELL, and blessedly the band doesn’t show any signs to slow down soon. With their latest record Hermitage, the gothic metal masters proved they still belong to the first league of the darkest art of sounds. To celebrate their band anniversary in style, MOONSPELL furthermore announced to reissue their fifth, 2001- album, Darkness And Hope, as well as the pathbreaking Irreligious! One can be sure, their upcoming live performances will contain an exciting blend of timeless classics and modern MOONSPELL anthems. With a ticket sale to start on October 1, 2021 make sure to catch this killer live package live on tour!
“Ultima Ratio Fest” 2022:
+ My Dying Bride
29.09.2022 THU (DE) FRANKFURT Batschkapp
30.09.2022 FRI (DE) LEIPZIG Hellraiser
01.10.2022 SAT (BE) ANTWERP Trix
02.10.2022 SUN (LU) LUXEMBURG Den Atelier
03.10.2022 MON (FR) PARIS Elysee Montmatre
04.10.2022 TUE (FR) LYON Transbordeur
05.10.2022 WED (CH) PRATTELN Z 7
06.10.2022 THU (DE) STUTTGART LKA
07.10.2022 FRI (DE) GEISELWIND Music Hall
08.10.2022 SAT (DE) MUNICH Backstage Werk
09.10.2022 SUN (CZ) Brno Sono
10.10.2022 MON (HU) BUDAPEST Barba Negra
11.10.2022 TUE (AT) VIENNA Arena
12.10.2022 WED (PL) WROCLAW A2
13.10.2022 THU (DE) BERLIN Kesselhaus
14.10.2022 FRI (DE) HAMBURG Markthalle
15.10.2022 SAT (DE) OBERHAUSEN Turbinenhalle
16.10.2022 SUN (NL) UTRECHT Ronda
More MOONSPELL Live Dates:
w/ PARADISE LOST
Feb 11th 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
Feb 12th 2022 – Newcastle, UK @ Riverside
Feb 13th 2022 – Wolverhampton, UK @ KK’s Steel Mill
Feb 14th 2022 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Feb 16th 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy
Feb 17th 2022 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Feb 18th 2022 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
April 22th 2022 – Rabat, MT / Dark Malta Festival *Moonspell only
June 24th 2022 – Clisson, FR / Hellfest *Moonspell only
with many more dates to follow!
Fernando Ribeiro – Vocals
Ricardo Amorim – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Pedro Paixão – Keys, Guitar
Aires Pereira – Bass
Hugo Ribeiro – Drums