26 years of an illustrious legacy behind them one of old blighty’s most beloved extreme metal outfits are back in all their twisted glory. From masturbating nun controversies to taking on religious fanatics, it’s been a long and eventful rollercoaster for Cradle of Filth.
With a now 11 solid albums under their belt there’s no disputing that Cradle of Filth’s sound has come a long way since 1991’s Principle Of Evil Made Flesh. Incorporating all the twists and turns of goth tinged symphonic black metal with a vocalist like no other, it can be very easy to assume what a new Cradle of Filth album is going to sound like. Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay however packs a surprise.
Harking back to a harsher sound this album will immediately cast any dedicated Cradle fan back into the unrelenting dark plateau of their world. ‘Exquisite Torments Await’ opens the album with a brooding riff not long followed by a spine-tingling scream that can only be that of Dani Filth. Really reminiscent of the older material from 2003’s Damnation and a Day, the guitar work of recent additions to the band Richard Shaw and Ashok can’t help but bring back that Iron Maiden-Esque approach Cradle have always had in their delivery.
‘Heartbreak and Séance’ crescendos into the darkly romantic back drop of a classic unrelenting Cradle track, with the odd blast beat thrown in every now and then for good measure. Producer Scott Atkins has done a Stella job of capturing the spirt of this band throughout this record.
‘Achingly Beautiful’ opens with an Ancient Egypt-Esque back drop working together with the sinister reptilian styled lyricism of Dani. This track is an absolute headshot to the senses from breakneck speed to slower tempos and sombre moments. The harrowing keys and vocals of keyboardist Lindsay Schoolcraft can be heard all over this track and really demonstrate the shear level of eeriness she brings.
While the Drumming of Martin Škaroupka will require you to pick your jaw up off the floor. The Seductiveness Of Decay pulsates with a riff that just gets heavy and heavier and is easily the fastest song Cradle have put their name to in a very long time.
Amongst many of the bloodstained strings to Cradles of Filths bow, the cinematic finesse they’ve always had has not lost any of its touch. A track like ‘Vengeful Spirit’ really takes you through deep cold depths if listened to in the right setting. Lights off and headphones in this track provides a perfect symphony of Dani’s and Lindsay’s vocals tightened together into a goth tinged masterpiece.
So, in conclusion this may well be a band 26 years into their career but they're still melting faces to a criminally under looked standard as seen here. Cradle of Filth are a band that everyone need not forget any time soon and with a November UK tour up and coming this will be one not to miss!
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay out now via Nuclear Blast.