If an alien ever visited the Earth and asked “what is gothic metal?”, a peace offering of Irreligious, Moonspell’s groundbreaking 1996 album, would have been the perfect answer to the inhabitant of a far, far away galaxy. Irreligious is the jewel of the crown of the style. Why? Because of its prefect balance. Not too little, not too much, this album is the perfect pitch and absolute archetype of Gothic Metal.