Moonlyght was formed in the beginning of 1995 by Sebastien Robitaille (vocals/guitars) and 3 long time friends. After a year of hard work the band entered Onyx Studio to record the first demo «Midwinter melodies» which sold out in a couple of weeks. Moonlyght then played some shows in the Quebec City area motivated by the impressive response they were getting from Quebec's metal fans. Success was increasing but tensions inside the band was starting to burst. For the next few years Moonlyght would have to rebuild itself with fresh and motivated musicians. The band was finally completed in 2000. The only thing Moonlyght needed to break out was to finally capture their songs on a full length cd and that's exactly what they did. The new Moonlyght line-up entered Sonum Studio in October 2001 to record their first full-length album: "Progressive Darkness". In May 2002 after a year of hard work "Progressive Darkness" is released in Canada through Metal Disk records. The album features 7 tracks of progressive and melodic extreme metal totalizing near one hour of music. The album gets outstanding reviews : 10/10 at the Metal Observer (www.metal-observer.com) the largest metal related website in the world and 9.5/10 from the well know Canadian magazine Unrestrained. The album really seems to please heavy metal fans as well as music fans in general. In only a couple of months the first pressing of Progressive darkness is sold out. Shortly after the cd is released, guitarist Vincent Gauvin calls it a day, and leaves Moonlyght. Immediately, Fred Bedard shows up and demonstrates his interest in Moonlyght. With it's new line-up, Moonlyght gets a lot of on and off-stage experience, leading to much more dynamic and tight performances. In the following year and a half, they play a lot of gigs and are the supporting act for Opeth, Paradise Lost, Kataklysm, Strapping Young Lad and Anonymus to name just a few. At the beginning of 2003, the people behind the Metal Observer website communicate their enthusiasm for Moonlyght's material, and became the official managers for Europe. Almost immediately numerous label show interest in the band and after a couple of weeks the band decided to go with Escapi record for the "worldwide" re-release of "Progressive Darkness". It then drawed a lot of attention to the band from fans all over the world. Escapi's partnership with major distributors such as Universal Music in Canada, Navarre in the U.S and Pony Canyon in Japan was a major reason why PD was able to reach much more people. In April 2006, the band finally entered Nokturn studio in Quebec City to begin recording the long-awaited follow-up to Progressive Darkness. The second album, named "Shining", was released in March 2008 via Mankind's Demise Records, a promising new label from Quebec City. Sebastien got in contact with Remi from MDR in 2006, when the second album from his unholy side project Sorcier Des Glaces "Moonrise in Total Darkness" inked a deal. Material on "Shining" was much more stronger, exploring more progressive elements in more diverse soundcapes. Lyrics deal with strong anti-religious beliefs, rebellion, human feelings about love/hate, depression, suicide, hope, etc. This second offering was crafted at Nokturn Studio with producer Sebastien Groleau, and was mastered by Peter in de Betou (Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquillity, etc) in Sweden at Tailor Maid prod. in 2007. In late December 2007, Sebastien took the decision to leave Moonlyght for many personal reasons. One of them was because Internal tensions in the band were too high, and every band member had a different vision. The end was inevitable. The rest of the band decided to call it quit after 13 years of existence, following the departure of Sebastien. On January 2008, the band finally announced that the long-awaited new album "Shining" was to be released on March 25th 2008 via Mankind's Demise Records.
In October 2011, Sebastien announced that Moonlyght will revive from its ashes and that a third album in actually in songwriting process! A different Moonlyght though, as it will be a studio-band only, and that they are not going to play live at all. The third album will be recorded in Hell Studio (Sorcier Des Glaces) somewhere in 2012
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Dimanche, 6 mai 2012
L'enregistrement du troisième album de Moonlyght "Return to Desolation" prend forme. Toutes les guitares sont maintenant enregistrées. Nous sommes act...En savoir plus
Lundi, 10 octobre 2011
...Moonlyght was put to rest. We released a last offering, "Shining" and the album received great reviews worldwide. However, the end was inevitable, ...En savoir plus
Lundi, 13 février 2012 à 07h04
Our former bassist Christian Jacques rejoins Moonlyght for the recording of Return to Desolation!
Dimanche, 12 février 2012 à 07h04
Important annoucement very soon!
Jeudi, 26 janvier 2012 à 05h55
"Return to Desolation" is taking form! We are working new material now... Average song-lengt are about 7 min.
Jeudi, 13 octobre 2011 à 06h58
We're very happy that Davey will play some bass on the new album!!! We are working two new songs, old stuff composed in 2006... Good news!
Lundi, 10 octobre 2011 à 05h45
Moonlyght is actually in songwriting mode. We plan to record a third opus in 2012, tentatively named "Return to Desolation" More news soon!