Already the corpse paint must have cost a fortune. Or was it only cheap Photoshop? Just look at the official pictures of the Cradle of Filth crew for their newest record Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay. Impressive, ain’t it? They really knocked themselves out. And the outcome of these darkly ominous paintings fit the theme perfectly.
But now – sadly or then perhaps not – the band left the dark path of Black Metal and went full tilt Gothic Metal. Yet the band still maintains a healthy dose of galloping Heavy Metal style riffs, mixed with some Speed Metal. With a smattering of pretty sturdy Black Metal-esque antics still present nonetheless. This change of direction already raised its ugly head in Hammer of the Witches by the way. So, for those who would like to step away now from such blasphemy and enjoy the true black art, try some Gort, Narbeleth or Isolert. Or turn to Gorgoroth and their brethren.
Yet the product fits. It is comfort in known values of sorts, ain’t it? Cradle of Filth dutifully unleashes records, one after the other. So you kind of know what to expect. However, by doing this the band increases in maturity. And this shows in a pretty impressive self-confidence this band projects. [...]