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Yet another very solid effort by CoF

I'm not sure what album CVSmitty listened to... Mine has none of the sound or quality issues that he complained about in his review. This is yet another very solid effort by CoF. In fact, I think that it is right up there with Godspeed, if not better. Paul makes some great riffs and Dani's vocals, although not as ranging as his earlier work, are still a delite to hear. I very much enjoyed this album and plan to listen to it on several occasions. Buy this album and see for yourself!

Worst Cradle album in a decade...

To start off, Cradle's two new singles, Lilith Immaculate and Forgive Me Father, both had me on the edge and excited for this new album; Lilith Immaculate was filled with the magic, concept, and symphonic elements, and female vocals that Godspeed was known for, while Forgive Me Father was completely different - a bloistering, guitar-hero track that blows it's sonic cousin, Foetus Of A New Day Kicking, out of the water. In the grand scheme, I liked Father so much better, I loved the fun, I loved the chorus, I loved the old school rock tinge, I loved the brutality of the verses, the female vocals, the insane solo at the end by Allender. Probably one of the most entertaining and full-to-the-brim songs Cradle has released since Thornography with Cemetery and Sundown, and with the outstanding music video directed by the guy who did Nymphetamine's, you really can't go wrong with a single like that.

So I wanted the album to have a little bit of both worlds; the fun stadium sounds heard on Father, and the collected concepts heard on Lilith. Long story short, this album has neither. Every single other track beyond these two songs has horrible mixing and production qualities, feels extremely messy and uninteresting, and in no way, beyond the lyrics, do the album tracks relate to the two singles being released. Once you get over this, though, and realize some false marketing has been in play, the other songs really aren't all that bad either. Very mediocre, but not bad. Most of the tracks are quite messy and uninteresting in the verses, with no exciting riffs, symphonic tunes, or sonic elements of much to be found, while Dani does nothing of value. And then, with each song's "chorus" (as most of the songs don't have an official chorus of much.), Dani seems to pull the act together and pop off with something of a little swagger that holds the tune over. The only other tracks that really shine, in some ways, are The Cult Of Venus Aversa, The Persecution Song, and The Spawn Of Love And War. Not even Eleventh Hour ends up being interesting beyond the sick riff the preview shows. The thing is, Cradle also had promoted this album as the most brutal one yet, and it isn't, that title still goes to Nymphetamine with it's distorted guitars and grind-punk-gore aesthetics. Closest "brutal" track is Cult, which is brutal in a Godspeed way, mixed with a little newfound vocal influence from Dani.

The weird thing is, two of the bonus tracks, Mistress Of The Sucking Pit and Truth And Agony are the BEST tracks found on this album beyond the two singles, these bonus tracks could have been singles all themselves. If you are buying the album, or even downloading it for free somewhere, GET these two tracks and mix them with the album tracklist, they are ESSENTIAL if you want to have some fun and brutality with this cd. It's a shame they weren't included on the tracklist, it needs to be much longer anyway....


I have been a loyal COF fan since 1997 and I am sorry but this record is BORING! The seem to have lost their vampiric direction in a big way. This trend of telling an epic story on every release now is tedious. The actual songs are given secondary treatment to Dani's gothic ramblings. There is not one recognizable song in this whole batch. It is far too over produced, there is not one great meaty evil riff on the whole record and the drums are just ridiculous. I am afraid COF have finally gone and gotten bigger than themselves. Gone are the libertines who raved in the woods at sunset and sucked the blood of unwilling virgins!
Give me "Cruelty and the Beast" era COF any day over this bloated money maker!


Formed: 1991 in Suffolk, England

Genre: Rock

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

British black metal band Cradle of Filth were 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...
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