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BEHIND THE MUSIC | 'BLOOD OF THE TITANS'  

It all begins with two ancient greek legends. 

Sisyphus was the human king of Ephyra. Defined by Camus as the archetypal absurd hero, this trickster figure was famous for his ruthlessness, slyness and deceitfulness. He commonly murdered travellers and guests in order to prove himself. His desire for earthly riches led him to cheat the gods over and over, and when they tried to punish him, Sisyphus enchained the spirit of Thanatos (Death), so that during this imprisonment, no human being died, including himself. Naturally, when the gods freed Death, his first victim was Sisyphus

There is a selfish, self-serving factor to the Sisyphean myth, as well as an arrogant factor in him trying to cheat Death. However, the most famous aspect about him was not how he lived, or how he died, but what happened after his death. For his sins, Sisyphus was condemned to push a gigantic boulder up one of the steep hills of Tartarus, only for the rock to fall down, and him to start all over again, ad aeternum. A futile, kafkaesque task, almost as absurd as trying to cheat Death, regardless of what Sisyphus’ ego told him. 

Then there was Prometheus, the great titan god of Fire. This second trickster figure also defied the gods, albeit with a completely different intent. By stealing fire from Olympos and giving it to Humanity, he is credited with the creation of technology, knowledge, science, art and civilization. In some versions of the this myth, he is also credited with the creation of humanity from clay, which is poetic, given that, arguably, the prime factors that make a human are exactly the aspects brought about by fire. Prometheus is known for his intelligence, compassion, and for being a champion of Man, despite not being man himself. 

When Zeus came to know about Prometheus’ treachery, he was also damned to eternal suffering. He was chained to a rock, and every day, an eagle would descend from the heavens and ravish his liver, which would grow again overnight, only to be devoured again the next day. 

We are all doomed, in the end. In our case, doomed not to eternal torture, but to the deafening silence of the great void. This being said, how do you want to live your life? And more importantly, how should we, as a species, conduct this great experiment that is Man? Do we want to live selfishly, focused on own happiness above all else, mindlessly hoarding and relishing in earthly possessions which will soon come to mean nothing when we pass? Or do we want to spend our lives using the titan’s gift for contributing to a brighter future that we will not get to see? 

You should know that, eventually, Prometheus was freed by Hercules, yet another of Man's Champions.

Sisyphus, however, keeps pushing that rock to this day. 

⚜ 'AS WE SET THE SKIES ABLAZE' - OUT ON JULY 22 ⚜  


Four long years of hard work and devotion begin to peak at this very moment - the shadows of our sophomore album are among us, at last. 

As a species, we began by worshipping Nature, in order to ravage it in the next breath, endangering the delicate balance of this beautiful Earth, as well as our existence on it. We then imagined new gods and have slowly started to deny them, as omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience become closer to our collective grasp. On the way, we created autocrats to overthrow them, and increased the odds of world peace via the looming threat of nuclear winter.  

We are the sons of he who brought us the light of fire - heirs of the great titan aspiring to godhood. To be human is to know, to love, to hate, to grow, to create, and to destroy.  

Thus, this great turmoil of the technological and cultural evolution of civilizations created the greatest story ever told - the story of Man.

'As We Set The Skies Ablaze' is a phylosophical analysis concerning this great adventure of being human, with all its greatest wonders and horrors, as well as the strongest challenges we must face in this path to become the only Gods that have ever really existed. 

Album pre-orders, featuring exclusive new merchandise and limited to 100 packs, are available here.

Tracklist: 

1. Epitaph 
2. Valley Of Dying Stars 
3. Blood Of The Titans 
4. The Shadows Of My Dissent 
5. Artemis feat. Sandra Oliveira 
6. The Antagonist feat. Sofia Beco 
7. As We Set The Skies Ablaze 
8. Everlasting Horizons 
9. A Treatise Of Human Nature feat. Sandra Oliveira 

Besides 'Epitaph', four more singles will be released before the album drops. 

Acknowledgements: 

This breathtaking artwork was made by the amazingly talented designers at Credo quia Absurdum

The album was mixed and mastered by our household fader overlord, Afonso Aguiar from Titanforged Productions

Drums were entirely composed and recorded by Diogo Mota. Artemis and A Treatise Of Human Nature feature lead vocals by Sandra Oliveira (Blame Zeus, Perennial Dawn), who also contributed with back vocals in Valley Of Dying Stars and Everlasting Horizons. The Antagonist features vocals by Sofia Beco (Phase Transition). Thank you all for lending us your incomparable talent! 

As for everyone else... 

Join us. 

You are expected.

XXI.III.MMXXII - Some Rest For The Wicked 


If we look as tired as we look happy, it's because we are. 

Our sophomore album is officially done. Fully recorded, and produced, mixed and mastered. We have also finished a ton of video content so you can feast your eyes as well as your ears over the course of this new musical venture. 

Your first glance into it will come on April 8th. Keep your eyes on our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, TwitterTikTok), and this page.

This saga spanned this whole pandemic chaos over the course of two and a half years, from the first riff laid down to the last video take. A true labour of love that gathered the talent and efforts of a dozen collaborators in both the multimedia and musical department, kindly lending us their unimaginable talent in order to bring our vision to life, thus filling the gaps of our own knowledge and skill to do so. 

Further details will be revealed in due time. For now, we would just like to thank those amazing people who have been working with us and putting up with our collective madness. 

The wonderfully talented musicians that joined us on our album: 

- Diogo Mota (drums) 
- Sandra Oliveira (Blame Zeus, Perennial Dawn, vocals) 
- Sofia Beco (Phase Transition, vocals) 

The ever-patient geniuses behind artwork, musical production and photography: 

- Sofía Hernandez (photography and multimedia) 
- Titanforged Productions (music production, mixing and mastering, and video) 
- Coalblur (video) 
- Credo Quia Absurdum (artwork)
- Against PR 

Special thanks:

- Nick Grima (booking)
- Sílvia Ferreira (Enchanted Moon)
- Bruno Silva

We are Pedro Quelhas, Nuno Barbosa, Fernando Maia, Luís Dias and Ricardo Pereira. And we have a brand new adventure for you, starting on April 8th.



Join us.

You are expected.

 

XXII.X.MMXXI - NEW EP - THE EVENTIDE SESSIONS 


The pandemic stole our live shows, yet did not break our spirit. 

Over the course of two years, we recorded multiple live sessions in order to bring us to the confort of your home, via amazing online events such as Metal Injection's Slay At Home Festival, Argentina Online Metal Fest, Heresy Fest and Nick Grima's Grim Fest 2021. 

All of this was achieved through immense hard work and dedication, a small token of our appreciation for always standing by our side. Ironically, these live sessions brought Sun Dethroned's songs to thousands of new fans, whom we greet with great joy, as old friends that we simply have not met before. 

With nothing more to add besides a titanic "thank you", here is our new Live Session EP. 

The Eventide Sessions - Live At Moonshade's Headquarters will be out digitally on all major online platforms on November 20th.

Pre-save it here

Join us. 

You are expected.

TRACKLIST 

1. The Flames That Forged Us - Live Session for Grim Fest 2021 
2. Eventide - Live Session for Grim Fest 2021 
3. Upon Your Ashes - Live Session for Slay At Home Fest 
4. Sun Dethroned - Live Session for Slay At Home Fest 
5. God Of Nothingness - Live Session for Argentina Metal Fest 
6. Upon Your Ashes - Live Session for Argentina Metal Fest 

Bonus track: 

7. Lenore - Live at Lisbon 
 

P.s.: After that, we have something else for you. Something much, much bigger. However, one thing at a time. Enjoy the EP. 

II.VI.MMXXI - An update from Plato's cave 



Dearly departed,

To say that Moonshade have been busy would be a tremendous understatement, and we can hardly contain the excitement of letting you know what we are working on.

We have nine new songs lined up in the form of a brand new album, and the processes of recording guitars, drums, bass and voice are essentially done. Orchestrations are currently being composed by two multi-talented gentlemen, namely our guitarrist Pedro Quelhas and our drummer Fernando Maia. Despite having entered the band too late for participating in the composition and recording of drums, Maia arrived just in time to improve our songs dramatically through his incredible creative input. Luís Dias, our new guitarrist, has done the same by providing Moonshade with solos and riffs that will lift your spirit with breathtaking melodies whilst dazzling you with technical ability beyond everything this band has ever had before.

The remaining three of us have revamped everything we knew about writing heavy music, as we feel like we owe you the very best we have to give. Overall, writing and recording this was a grueling task that has been streching all of us to the limits of our collective current abilities, and will show you Moonshade as you have never seen it before. However, as challenging as it is, it's probably the most fun we had in ages. 

Concerning lyrics, and as much as I love making up stories and characters, such as we did on Sun Dethroned, this time I decided to get my head out of the clouds and set my gaze upon the barren landscape of our existence, and then a little bit towards the stars, if only to catch a glimpse of where we are going. Expect something painfully real, that, hopefully, will also help you navigate these troubling times. 

May Sun Dethroned's successor prove worthy to your eyes and ears, as we lay our gods to rest. For now.

Yours in spirit,
Ricardo Pereira

 

I.XXII.MMXX - Join the Oblivion 

Photo by Anna Costa

Dearly departed,

My name is Ricardo Pereira and I am fortunate enough to be allowed to scream bloody gore on my favourite band in the entire universe, and also maybe the best melodic death metal band in my neighbourhood - Moonshade. I am here to officially welcome you, one and all, to our latest invention, taken straight out of 1999 - we decided to start a blog.

Here, we will be sharing several considerations and musings concerning the Moonshade universe, written personally by the band's members, as we cannot afford ghost writers. Possible themes include, but are not limited to: our band, the music scene, gear, our fans, people we worked with, tour and studio logs, commentary on current events, and essentially whatever the hell we want. The frequency of posts will also follow that line of thought.

So, if you have any interest in delving deeper within the world of Moonshade, be our guest.

In fact, you are expected. 

Cheers,
Ricardo Pereira