Moonspell - Alpha Noir/Omega White

Moonspell Alpha Noir/Omega White cover
Alpha Noir/Omega White
Napalm Records
It was about time for a new album from Moonspell… after all 4 years since “Night Eternal” were too many. That’s probably why Moonspell are offering their fans not one but two albums which are quite musical different.
“Alpha Noir” is the main release though… a heavy, black/death, thrash and vigorous album that shows the extreme side of the band. Surely, the melodies are there to break that heaviness… while the brutal vocals and the nice keys make the result rather interesting. I can spot some mid-90s Rotting Christ elements on some songs as well. Although the songs are OK… there isn’t a stand out tune on “Alpha Noir” that will make you go crazy.
The deluxe and special edition on digipack contains the “Omega White” as a bonus CD, which shows the more gothic, atmospheric, melodic and soothing side of the band. There are some features from the band’s best work (and my beloved one), “Irreligious”, here and there… and several Type O Negative & Sisters of Mercy passages on their songs. There are a few tunes here that will please the gothic fans such as: “Whiteomega”“White Skies”, “New Tears Eve”, “Incantatrix” & “A Great Darkness”
Overall, “Omega White” is a better album than “Alpha Noir”. The production is great on both CDs as they were produced and mixed by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquility, Mnemic, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Pain, Ektomorf, Autumn Leaves etc.) & pre-produced by Benny Richter. I do not know why the guys have chosen to make “Alpha Noir” the first & official release and “Omega White” just a bonus CD on the album’s deluxe and special edition… but I think they should have made them two separated albums… and of course they shouldn’t have been out simultaneously… but that’s only my point of view. As I am a big fan of “Irreligious”, I personally prefer the most “Omega White”. Anyhow, this album won’t leave the fans of the band unsatisfied … anyone can find their beloved release between those two and listen to it more…