Cradle Of Filth – Dusk… and Her Embrace (1996) – Review

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There are records that you gotta be in the mood for. And all of Cradle of Filth‘s pieces kinda qualify for that sentiment. The level of crazy intensity, the ceaseless high-pitched screams, the endless gallivanting in between the world of gothic moodiness and speedy blackened Extreme Metal tend to wear out even the sturdiest of metalheads. But in turn, CoF would not be itself if that ferocity would suddenly evaporate and be replaced with something that – I don’t know – Amaranthe would do, for instance. What a blasphemous thought, though, right?

Now, the question comes to mind, when … [...] Click to raid more!

Cradle of Filth – Existence is Futile (2021) – Review

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‘Thou shalt not hunt the dreaded mainstream‘. That’s one of our iron rules here over at the RMR office buildings. Well, to be truthful, you will find it mostly poured in lead than forged into cold, hard steel. Because sometimes, just sometimes, management here will make exceptions.

Because there are some Extreme Metal bands out there that we have taken a truly unholy liking to. And one of those is Cradle of Filth.

I am frankly unsure what drives us back to Dani Filth‘s often annoying screams that after a while sound like a caffeine overdose. But … [...] Click to raid more!

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy – The Lord Ov Shadows (2019) – Review

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Why is it that these Extreme Metal outfits always have that need to wear out their drummer? Overly elaborate drum patterns will just work them into a heart attack.

Just watch some of the videos that start with the stick wielder and their pained expression. So far I have seen none really with a heavenly smile on their faces. And to add insult to injury, I openly heard some bands joking about that, by the way.

You’ll mostly find that situation in these epically charged and overly bombastic works of operatic Symphonic Metal. And with those bands living in pseudo-Black [...] Click to raid more!

Cradle of Filth – Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay (2017) – Review

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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?

But the outcome of these darkly ominous paintings fit the theme perfectly.

But now – sadly or then perhaps not – CoF 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 decent speed. With a smattering of pretty … [...] Click to raid more!