Moonspell / Insomnium
'Ultima Ratio Tour 2022' / iaw Biebob / Borknagar / Wolfheart / Hinayana

Moonspell / Insomnium

The 'Ultima Ratio Tour 2022' also has a stop in Trix, with metal giants Moonspell and Insomnium!

/ 5.00 pm: doors open
/ 5.30 pm - 6.00 pm: Hinayana
/ 6:20 pm - 7:00 pm: Wolfheart
/ 7:20 pm - 8:05 pm: Borknagar
/ 8.25 pm - 9.25 pm: Insomnium
/ 9.45 pm - 10.45 pm: Moonspell

UPDATE (August 5): Unfortunately, My Dying Bride withdrew from the Ultima Ratio Fest Tour, which includes the stop in Trix on October 1, 2022. Insomnium has been added to the bill and will headline along with Moonspell.


Moonspell is a Portuguese gothic metal band with elements of black metal. The group, founded in 1989 originally as Morbid God, was renamed Moonspell in 1992. With the release of their first album Wolfheart in 1995, the band quickly gained status and became one of the most recognizable metal bands from Portugal. The band started out as folk-tinged black metal. In 1992, still under the name Morbid God, they released the promo track "Serpent Angel". In 1993, vocalist Fernando Ribeiro, drummer Mike Gaspar and bassist João Pedro released the demo Anno Satanæ under the name Moonspell, which caught the attention of French label Adipocere. It was for Adipocere that Moonspell released in 1994 a mini-album titled Under the Moonspell. The record was a considered a landmark in Portuguese metal and sold more than 5000 copies, becoming Adipocere's best-selling record at the time. Shortly after the release, they played with Cradle of Filth in a concert in Lisbon. Breakthrough (1995-1997) After the release of mini-album Under the Moonspell, Moonspell signed with Century Media for six CDs. Wolfheart was recorded in Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta and was released in 1995 and was followed by a European tour. Although the album had little or no recognition at the beginning, it was later recognized as a "milestone" by heavy-metal reviews site During the tour, guitarist Mantus quit the band and was replaced by Ricardo Amorim. Irreligious came out in 1996 and was recorded again with producer Waldemar Sorychta. While previous album was considered black metal, this one fell into the genre of gothic metal. The song Opium became the first Moonspell single. It quoted one of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa's heteronyms, Álvaro de Campos, on his poem "Opiário" and its music video, featured the character of poet writing in a bar with the band playing. Along with the release of the album in a convent, the Convento do Beato, there were factors that helped the band selling 10.000 copies of the album in their homeland. After conflicts with the band involving lawsuits, bass player Ares left the band and was replaced by Sérgio Crestana. Experimenting (1998-2000) Sin/Pecado (Pecado means 'sin' in Portuguese) was released in 1998. It had a bigger experimental nature than its predecessors. The song 2econd Skin was released as a single. At the time they released the one and only Daemonarch album, Hermeticum. Daemonarch was a side project composed by all Moonspell members but drummer Mike Gaspar. The album was seen as a return to their black metal roots and its lyrics were all written by singer Fernando Ribeiro between the age of 14 and 16. Sin/Pecado was followed in 1999 by The Butterfly Effect, recorded in London and produced by Andy Reilly. This album is considered to be very experimental in nature as well. Featuring "down-tuned guitar riffs, eerie synthesizer passages", the album was mainly composed by guitarist/keyboard player Pedro Paixão and was not very well received by metal critics. "Darkness and Hope" and "The Antidote" (2001-2005) Darkness and Hope was released in 2001 and was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, producer of Sentenced or HIM. The album reached 79th on German charts and special editions included covers of Madredeus, Ozzy Osbourne's Mr. Crowley and Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. Nocturna was released as a single and music video. In 2003, the band released The Antidote, with Niclas Etelävuori from Amorphis playing as a session musician on the bass guitar. The album was released with a book with the same title written by Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto. Both the CD and book share the same concept and story and each song in the CD is sister to a chapter in the book that enhances the story in the lyrics. "Everything Invaded" was released as a single and music video. The band toured extensively around the world, playing at Rock in Rio Lisbon in 2004, a concert that brought them to more mainstream attention in Portugal. From this album on, the tours feature Aires Pereira on the bass. In early 2004 the band recorded a cover of the jazz standard "I'll see you in my dreams" for the soundtrack of a Portuguese horror movie of the same name. There is an official music video of this song featuring footage from the film itself. "Memorial", "Under Satanae" and "Night Eternal" (2006-present) Memorial was released in 2006. Recorded with the producer of their first three albums Waldemar Sorychta, who also recorded the bass guitar parts, it was the first to be released under their new label SPV Steamhammer. The album topped the Portuguese album chart on its first week and also broke into the German Top 100 at number 68. Memorial achieved gold status in Portugal after selling 10,000 copies, making Moonspell the first Portuguese heavy metal band to achieve that. Although the album is heavier than the previous, it was very well received and its release was featured in various Portuguese news broadcasts. A new release of the album was released in December 2006 and featured a DVD with live performances and the music videos made for the album. Music videos for "Finisterra" and "Luna" were released. On November 2, 2006, Moonspell won an MTV Europe Music Award in the category of Best Portuguese Act. The Great Silver Eye, a best-of album, was released on June 26, 2007. Recently, Moonspell released Under Satanæ, a re-recording of early songs. The last album has been called "Night Eternal". It was released on May 16, 2008. Moonspell is slated to tour Danzig's 2008 incarnation of his Blackest of the Black tour. After a lot of legal troubles, Moonspell released their first Dvd "Lusitanian Metal" on December 8, 2008 in 3 different versions. The most complete one is composed of 2 Dvds, a Cd and a small booklet with photographs and introduction to the footage written by some of the members of the band. The first Dvd contains a show they played in 2004 in Katowice, also recorded on the Cd, a collection of all their videos until "Everything Invaded" and an interwiew shot in a Graveyard. The second dvd presents some live footage took from different tours from 1992 to 2005. Current members Fernando Ribeiro - vocals (1989-present ) Mike Gaspar - drums (1992-present ) Ricardo Amorim - lead guitar (1995-present ) Pedro Paixão - keyboards / rhythm guitar (1994-present ) Aires Pereira - bass (2004-present ) Previous members Baalberith - drums (1989-1992) João Pedro (Ares / Tetragrammaton) - bass (1989-1997) Luís Lamelas (Malah / Fenrir) - guitar (1992-1993) J.M. (Tanngrisnir) - guitar (1993-1995) Mantus/Duarte - guitar (1990-1995) Sérgio Crestana - bass (1997-2003) Discography: 1992 - Serpent Angel (demo) 1993 - Anno Satanae (demo) 1994 - Under the Moonspell 1995 - Wolfheart 1996 - Irreligious 1997 - 2econd Skin (disc 1) (Single w/ bonus live CD) 1997 - 2econd Skin (disc 2) (Single w/ bonus live CD) 1998 - Sin Pecado 1999 - The Butterfly Effect 2001 - Darkness and Hope 2003 - The Antidote 2006 - Memorial 2007 - The Great Silver Eye (Best Of) 2007 - Under Satanae (The first three releases re-recorded) 2008 - Night Eternal 2012 - Alpha Noir / Omega White 2015 - [algum artist=Moonspell]Extinct Dvds 2008 - Lusitanian Metal

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Insomnium is a melodic death metal band from Joensuu, Finland. They are influenced by doom metal and progressive metal. Their lyrics often deal with subjects such as darkness, mourning, loss, pain, and nature. Insomnium began to take shape during the bleak spring of 1997. In the quiet town of Joensuu, located in the easternmost part of Finland, four young men were forming a fierce metal band. From the beginning it was clear that this band would make music that was brutal yet melodic, full of contrasts and changing atmospheres. They took what they regarded as the best aspects of their favourite bands and moulded these influences into a new kind of entity. The result was the marriage of melodic Scandinavian death metal and traditional Finnish tunes. The lyrics turned out to be sorrowful, dream-like tales of love and death that usually took place amidst the Finnish nature. Influences were taken from Finnish folklore as well as world literature. After two years of intensive training Insomnium made their first demo cd, which received praises from all over the world. The second demo was made the following year and gained a lot of attention as well. This time, record companies got interested. In the beginning of 2001 founding members, Ville Friman (guitar), Markus Hirvonen (drums) and Niilo Sevänen (bass/vocals), attached a new guitarist, Ville Vänni to the band. Now Insomnium was stronger than ever and ready to rise to the next level. A deal with Candlelight was signed the same spring and recording of the first album began in the summer. - In the Halls of Awaiting - was released in April 2002 and it introduced a band that had evolved in many ways. The legacy of Scandinavian death metal was still the core of the music but new layers had appeared around it. There were more nuances and depth in the songs, and the music was more versatile and challenging than before. Progressive shades had crept into the songs, and in many ways the band had stepped aside from the mainstream of melodic death metal. Debut album received excellent reviews in many magazines around the globe, especially in Germany, Finland and North America. The recording of the second album began in summer 2003. The process was somewhat painful but finally in December the new album was ready. - Since the Day It All Came Down - continues the development that the first album began. Songs are more versatile and surprising, progressive influences are ever clearer. Some tracks may even be described as experimental. But the straightforward side of the music hasn´t gone anywhere, since catchy guitar-harmonies, crushing riffs and soothing acoustic interludes are all still there. Melodies are still the most essential element in the music of Insomnium, but this time the tunes are even more melancholic and wistful than on the debut album. This is a sad and dreary album, heavier and gloomier than the first one, and undoubtedly more challenging. So when you take this path, keep in mind that it takes a while before your eyes get used to the dark... ..And darker it got. With their third release, - Above The Weeping World -, the music got more agressive, harder, louder and the progressive elements grew once again. The first European tour is over, and Insomnium is once again a step closer to world domination. Their fourth studio album "Across The Dark" was released on the 7th of September, 2009 via Candlelight Records. Their new album "One for Sorrow" was released October 2011. On September 9th, 2011 Insomnium released the music video "Through The Shadows" from their 2011 album One For Sorrow. In November 2011 Insomnium embarked on their first headlining European tour, with support coming from Before The Dawn and MyGRAIN. During April 2012 Insomnium returned to tour the UK as the main support act for British metal band Paradise Lost. The tour was almost two weeks long and played all over the country. Vreid was also present on the tour as the opening act. Official website: Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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