Alpha Noir is kind of a hard album for me to review. On the one hand the music is excellently played and has a nice, heavy feel throughout, without going overboard on speed. Moreover the dark atmosphere really sets the pace for the album musically. On the other hand; however, even though the songs are well played and at times even catchy, they never really do much to really stand out. None of them are dogs by any means, but most really don’t excel, except in being average. Of course not all of the tracks are average. “Versus” for example is quite a good song, as is the title track “Alpha Noir”, but most of the others just didn’t do much for me.

Complicating the above is the fact that pretty much every review I’ve read of this album has been extremely positive, but try as I might, I just can’t get into this release much. I guess it’s safe to say that if you’re a Moonspell fan you’ll probably love this album. Others like me, not so much.

Alpha Noir Track Listing:

01. Axis Mundi
02. Lickanthrope
03. Versus
04. Alpha Noir
05. En Nome Do Medo
06. Opera Carne
07. Love Is Blasphemy
08. Grandstand
09. Sine Missione

Run Time: 40:34
Release Date: April 27, 2012

Check out the ‘Alpha Noir’ album preview!