OF FILTH - THORNOGRAPHY
Prior to the release of 2004's Nymphetamine,
I'd had little time for Cradle of Filth, finding their histrionics
and melodrama somewhat overblown and laughable. But that album
was a revelation, and this follow-up is equally impressive (those
of you who felt Nymphetamine to be a sell out
might as well stop reading now).
It's still got the goth-metal pomposity, the sense of excess,
but while previous albums seemed to try too hard to be complex
and unlistenable, here we have actual tunes! Dani Filth's goblin
falsetto is tempered accordingly and the music has a pleasing
amount of variety to it, ranging from riff-heavy thrashing to
more doom-laden gothica.
Fans will be reassured that the song titles and themes remain
the same - titles like The Foetus of a New Day Kicking,
Rise of the Pentagram, and Dirge
Inferno will ensure that the pop kids stay away
I suspect. But otherwise, this is a further sign that Cradle of
Filth have finally reached a level of musical maturity that many
never expected to see. Some might regret that, but for me, it's
a positive move forward.
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