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Review: Cradle of Filth – The Manticore And Other Horrors (Album)

Veteran shrieker Dani Filth returns to scream in your ears again, check out what we thought inside.

Artist: Cradle of Filth
Release: The Manticore and Other Horrors (Album)
Release Date: Out Now

Dani Filth and his dirty lot are back with yet another collection of depraved poetry and delightfully nineties black metal with ‘The Manticore and Other Horrors’Cradle of Filth have always been comparable to a cheeseburger, albeit one filled with knives and opera singers. You know what you’re going to get with a Cradle album, and quite frankly it’s your own fault if you bite into it and don’t like it.

Chances are if you don’t like Cradle of Filth, you probably just don’t like their brand of metal, and that’s fine, but these days the band have become a parody of themselves – they don’t take it too seriously and camp up the songs as much as possible (at least that should be their intention). They’re like the black metal equivalent of Steel Panther, music that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still very listenable presuming you enjoy the sound of Dani Filth retching up his diaphragm through your speakers. It’s heavy music to thrash and mindlessly mosh to, and you can definitely do that with ‘The Abhorrent’ and ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation’, the two first proper Cradle tracks past the obligatory instrumental ‘The Unveiling of O’. 

This time around, the theme is Greek mythology, the concept being a bestiary of monster stories, and the wailing chorus of guitars and synth occasionally dies off to let Dani mutter something in baritone before yelling again and delving back into the muddy riffs. There’s not much ground left for Cradle of Filth to cover musically so the concepts behind their albums are becoming more and more important – thankfully there’s a rich font of inspiration to draw from here which keeps the band from treading old paths and just delivering some great lyrics followed by the same sound they’ve stuck by for years with ‘Huge Onyx Wings Beyond Despair’ and ‘Siding With The Titans’.

This is their tenth studio album and it’s pretty prodigal that they’re still going given the lineup changes over the years, but if you’re a long-term fan of the band’s dubious career this might be the point where, like Sarah Jezebel Deva, you decide it’s just time to stop trying to keep up with the band and go spend your money on cake, or something. A lot of cake. It’s not as good as ‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’, but still a hundred times better than ‘Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder’. This is exactly what you’d expect from Cradle of Filth, it’s nothing worth looking at if you already hate the band, but if you’re a Cradle fan, it’s a pretty average extreme metal album.


Reviewer: Laurence Stark

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