Former THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen (who now fronts AGUA DE ANNIQUE) joined Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL earlier today (Friday, June 27) for their appearance at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium. She sang the song "Scorpion Flower" as a duet with MOONSPELL frontman Fernando Ribeiro. Check out pictures of the performance at the web site of the German edition of Metal Hammer at Metal-Hammer.de. One of the photos is being displayed below.
A running blog from this year's Graspop Metal Meeting can be found at Metal-Hammer.de.
Anneke was previously supposed to perform with MOONSPELL at the Rock in Rio 2008 festival on June 5 in Lisbon, Portugal but she was forced to cancel her appearance after coming down with the flu.
The recorded version of "Scorpion Flower", which appears on MOONSPELL's new album, "Night Eternal", also features Anneke. All other female choirs were performed by the Crystal Mountain Singers, composed of Carmen Simes (AVA INFERI), Sophia Vieira (CINEMUERTE) and Patrcia Andrade (ex-VOLSTAD, now in THE VANITY CHAIR). Niclas Etelvuori of AMORPHIS played bass on the album, which features artwork by Seth Siro Anton (PARADISE LOST, SEPTIC FLESH). Band photography was handled by Edgar Keats.
The follow-up to 2006's "Memorial" was recorded at Antfarm studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY, HALFORD).
Two editions of the record were made available: A limited double digipack with different artwork, one bonus track ("Age of Mothers"), a different version of the song "Scorpion Flower", the full album as well as a bonus DVD containing all video clips from "Memorial" plus "Finisterra" "making-of" footage and three live clips from last year's performance at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany; plus the jewel case edition.
MOONSPELL's video for the track "Scorpion Flower" is one of two (along with "Night Eternal") off the group's new album, "Night Eternal", which were shot by Ivan Colic (TYPE O NEGATIVE, SYMPHONY X, HAMMERFALL) in Belgrade, Serbia. Colic previously worked with the group on the "Memorial" video for "Finisterra".
Professionally filmed footage of MOONSPELL performing the song "Scorpion Flower" on June 5, 2008 at the Rock in Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal can be viewed below.