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Sin / Pecado by Moonspell
Released: Jan 1998
Label: Century Media
Flagellation dirges from Portugal, sung in guttural accents, are carved with stained-glass precision by producer Waldemar Sorychta, the Phil Spector of dark gothic Eurometal. Moonspell, like many such bands, started out more claustrophobic and monolithic, but on this 1997 album, their sound opened up, eventually encompassing strange 20th century classical tonalities and building toward monks and nuns moaning in the belfry. If the thematic mix of medieval Catholicism (e.g., "Magdalene") and sexual perversion starts to seem silly, just consider it a concept album about pedophile priests.
CHUCK EDDY

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