Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay is the twelfth studio album by the British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 22 September 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records. Dani Filth said the album “is deeply infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that. ‘Cryptoriana’ implies the Victorians’ infatuation with the supernatural, the grave and the ghoulish. And the subtitle, ‘The Seductiveness of Decay’, further cements this attraction to death and the glittering lengthy process of self-annihilation”.
If you liked the last album, Hammer of the Witches, you will love this new one. This album is even better. Amazing songwriting and musicianship make this one of their best albums yet. Yes, the same band lineup as the last album, amazing and impressive. The guitar playing is the best I have ever heard on any COF album. The album is never boring, it’s great from start to finish. You have to check out the bonus track: The Night at Cataflaque Manor; it is easily one of the best songs they have ever done. Great vocals by Dani and some great female vocals as well.
The first promotional single, “Heartbreak and Séance”, premiered alongside an accompanying music video on 11 July 2017. The second single, “You Will Know the Lion by His Claw”, premiered together with a lyric music video on 8 August 2017. The third single, “Achingly Beautiful” was also released in conjunction with a lyric video on 15 September. Vocalist Dani Filth stated the single “has a very old-school Cradle vibe.” and compared it to the song “A Gothic Romance” from the album Dusk and Her Embrace
All of the songs are musically both innovative and loyal to the fan base. Recognizable dramatic instrumental pieces, prodigious guitar work, fast drum bursts and of course the famous screams of frontman Dani Filth. The band comes with the song ‘Allison Hell’. This is a cover of the Canadian band Annihilator. It is not the first time CoF has chosen to cover songs. For example, Iron Maiden’s song ‘Hallowed be Thy Name’ was a great success.
Another surprise can be found on the song ‘Vengeful Spirit’. This track is a collaboration with singer Liv Kristine. Fans have probably seen her in the video clip of the song ‘Nymphetamine’ from the album of the same name from 2004. The songs may be described textually in some respects as ‘overkill’. With regard to the theme, however, this is fine. Cradle of Filth would not be himself if the band members did not go to extremes musically. Whether it belongs to Black Metal, Death Metal or something else, opinions are divided about that. Cradle of Filth is especially himself
Many people have mixed views about Cradle of Filth and especially its frontman Dani Filth, yet the band has continued to grow and maintain a huge audience. What we hear this album is a band that always heads in the right direction without losing too many of their basic ideas. The Britons concept is recognizable but that they have had the same members since the last album contributes greatly to the fact that there is a red thread in a more guitar melodically driven Cradle of Filth that still has intricate song structures. Often symphonic and grounded in classic heavy metal, but sprinkled with gothic black metal shades. If you are a long-time Cradle of Filth fan or a brand new one, you simply must get this album!
Artist: Cradle of Filth
Album: Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay
Released: September 22, 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast
Producer: Scott Atkins
Genre: Extreme Metal, Symphonic/Gothic
Website: Official Website
Discs: 1 disc
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 4.6 /5
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