Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches (2015) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Cradle of Filth Hammer of Witches - Album CoverI think they must have worn out the drummer. This guy looks like his own ghost on videos I have seen depicted from the newest 2015 album of Cradle of Filth called the Hammer of the Witches. This 11th studio edition features the new guitarists Marek ‘Ashok’ Šmerda and Richard Shaw. Also including Lindsay Schoolcraft on keyboards and female vocals (hell yeah..). Prominently displayed on Right Wing of the Garden Triptych. So a lot of newbies in this band, always somewhat of a worry when a new release is due – either they wreck it or it comes out real good.

So what is it gonna be with The Hammer of the Witches?

At first I did not quite like this new brew of horrors from our (kind of) Black Metal friends of Cradle of Filth. Why kind of Black Metal? Because Cradle of Filth employ a joyful mix of different styles into this metal stew of theirs. Some of that stuff even sounds like deep, dark versions of Iron Maiden at times – there is one distinct passage in The Vampyre at my Side. Amongst many others. [...]  Got hooked? Raid on...!