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Album Review

If ever there were a subject for England's Cradle of Filth to tackle, it's the life of notorious French mass murderer (and celebrated war hero companion of Joan of Arc) Gilles de Rais. If you haven't heard of him, don't be surprised. After he was hanged in 1440, his name was stricken from the official records of history by French authorities. His crimes? Too numerous too mention here, but the worst of them involved the murder and rape of hundreds of children. Late in his life, French national library boss, critic, and novelist Georges Bataille wrote a complete book on the trial of this figure. De Rais was Sadeian before the Marquis de Sade ever existed (indeed, he may have been an inspiration for some of the characters in The 120 Days of Sodom). This album is a lengthy examination of the mind and biography of de Rais — nobleman, aristocrat, devout Christian, war hero, and societal icon by day, by night an insane Satan-worshipping gore hound and purveyor of slaughter and blood sacrifice. On the surface it seems that Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder might be an ideal topic for a death metal record by the outrageously theatrical Cradle of Filth, led by head growler and screecher Dani Filth. It begins well with the classical interlude "In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs," with the spoken word poem of the character. On the next track, "Shat Out of Hell," the listener is engaged by the utterly frenetic power drumming and über fast death metal guitar and bass riffery behind the simultaneously Cookie Monster growled and shrieked vocals of Filth. This may the only track on the record that offers a rather negative view of his crimes, and is the most musically compelling thing here. Beginning with the very next cut, the nascent "The Death of Love," near prog rock conceptual theater takes precedence over rock & roll fury. Keyboards and choirs, Gothic-sounding themes, minor-key riffs, and thunderous drums give way to a heavily layered production style, although there are still moments of unholy metal charge and scree.

Customer Reviews

Dont Have Time

I dont have time to write a long review but I will keep it short. The reviews are mostly right about this album - this is perhaps the heaviest Cradle have ever been and with this comes their classic great riffs, gruesome lyrics and horrific(ly amazing) content. This album is the best they've ever released. With great layered keyboards on top of speedy extreme (combination of death/black/gothic/whatever else you want to say they nicked metal). I dont know what to say..just BUY THE 2CD EDITION ITS WORTH THE EXTRA £1!


after the disastrous Thornography we now have a Cradle Of Filth back on form and releasing an album of the likes which we have not seen since the epic Midian. This CD has Cradle's fastest tracks ever and whoever said that Mr.Filth could not scream anymore is absolutely wrong. This CD is epic and is one i would rank in second place just behind Midian. Welcome back to the days of epic mood-setting keyboards and female vocals (thank you very much Mrs.Deva) that where once the standard of Cradle. Only one thing to say apart from that on this perfect CD, don't get the regular version, trust me, it's worth paying the extra quid off HMV (£8.99) to get an extra 10 tracks (ie. over an hour's worth of bonuses) also the special edition boasts of all the artwork unlike the standard edition.

Former Sceptic

After buying 'Thornography', I was worried that Cradle had lost their touch on extreme metal. I thought that Dani Filth's (lead vocals) screams had deteriorated and their move to Roadrunner records had pushed them to a more commercially acceptable sound. But 'Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder' slaughtered my concerns. This album is purely great. The production is nigh on perfection, and the song writing is exceptional. Cradle are back. If there is one song you should listen to to form your opinion of this album, let it be 'Shat Out of Hell' - it simply blew my mind. Giving it five stars is an understatement - it deserves so much more.


Formed: 1991 in Suffolk, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

British black metal band Cradle of Filth formed in 1991, originally comprised of vocalist Dani Filth (born Daniel Lloyd Davey), guitarist Paul Ryan, his keyboardist brother Benjamin, bassist John Richard, and drummer Darren. After recording a demo dubbed Invoking the Unclean a year later, the group recruited guitarist Robin Eaglestone, who quit soon after recording a second demo, Orgiastic Pleasures; however, when Richard exited the band a short time later, Eaglestone stepped back in to assume bass...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Death Metal/Black Metal, Metal
  • Released: 24 October 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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