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A monstrous tour-de-force of utterly distinctive but reassuringly destructive heavy fucking metal, laced with spectral disquiet but delivered with muscular aplomb, Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay was conceived during the summer of 2016 as Cradle of Filth convened in Ashok and karoupka's native Czech Republic, before being meticulously pieced together by the band and now long-time producer Scott Atkins back in the UK during the first half of 2017. From the exhilarating melodrama of opening two-fisted salvo "Exquisite Torments Await" and "Heartbreak And Seance" onwards, the twelfth Cradle of Filth album manifestly represents yet another wild expansion of the band's sonic manifesto across nine epic and elaborate new anti-hymns and a fervent blast through Canadian thrash legends Annihilator's ageless "Alison Hell." From "Achingly Beautiful's" synapse-scorching holocaust of the heart to the flesh-ripping, thrash-driven grandeur of "Wester, Vespertine" and the pitch-black lysergic gargoyle attack of "You Will Know The Lion By His Claw," Cryptoriana is simply the most musically and visually startling record in Cradle of Filth's storied history; one that grittily upholds the band's tradition of conjuring warped narratives that linger long in the memory.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 5.67 x 0.4 inches; 3.36 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Nuclear Blast America
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : July 10, 2017
- Label : Nuclear Blast America
- ASIN : B073LF8BWX
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,572 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The album artwork is the done by Arturo Betztusb, who also did the artwork for Hammer. It captures the mood of the album perfectly. I am looking forward to buying a couple of T-Shirts based on the artwork when I see them in concert, because the artwork is beautiful.
If this was the first Cradle of Filth album I had heard, I definitely would love it. This is the 12th album of theirs I have heard and I love it. Not exactly the same as their other stuff, which I think is good. I like where they are going in this album.
The stand out tracks for me where: "Vengeful Spirit", "Heartbreak and Seance", "Achingly Beautiful" and "Death and the Maiden".
My only quibble with the album is one of the bonus tracks, Alison Hell. Normally when Cradle of Filth covers a song they put their own unique twist on it and other than Dani's growls, this was almost like listening to the original Annihilator song. It isn't bad, especially if you haven't heard the original because the song shreds, but I would have like to have heard it Cradled a little more.
I know this isn't a great review, if anything it's a bit short, but let me say this; you will NOT regret buying this album. With that said, BUY IT NOW!
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When I played this album, I did so in one sitting and I was impressed at how clear this LP collection sounds. Of course, you have a more coarse surface noise from the LP but it is nowhere near as bad as some standard black records I have purchased in recent years. The final mix of the album sounds great overall with a nice mix of treble and bass, with neither one being too high. I also liked the fact that each LP has two or three songs per side. This helped me pace myself whilst listening to the album and is considerably less of a slog compared to the CD version.
Fans looking for a nice good looking collectable are in the right place. But those looking for a good sounding LP can also purchase this collection without hesitation. It sounds clear, powerful and just as good as previous Cradle of Filth vinyl releases.
I love the great balance between lush Gothic tones and the incredible guitar work...very strong and epic songs throughout.
My personal favs and the ones that really drives hard and beautifully are: 'Achingly Beautiful', 'Vengeful Spirit' and 'Death and the Maiden'.
The artwork is gorgeous as well as the music, with a Victorian-era morbid-fascination theme.
Waren auf dem Album "Manticora…" keine langen und auf "Hammer Of The Witches" "nur" 6 - 7 Minuten lange Songs zu finden, so befinden sich auf "Cryptoriana" gleich 5 Songs zwischen 7 - 9 Minuten, was zu sehr differenzierten Kompositionen führt.
Das neue Album deckt nahezu alle Facetten der Musik von COF ab, so dass es sowohl Fans der vorangegangen Alben, als auch Fans von Alben wie "Nymphetamine" und "Midian" gefallen dürfte.
Was mir besonders gefällt ist, dass COF nicht nur auf dem Gaspedal stehen, sondern immer mal wieder das Tempo drosseln und sehr atmosphärische, langsamere Passagen einbauen. Mir persönlich gefällt es auch sehr gut, das Dani öfters mit tiefer Stimme singt. Ebenfalls positiv ist, dass es keine Lückenfüller gibt, zumindest mich konnten alle Songs überzeugen. Auch findet sich nach 2003 mal wieder Liv Kristine als Gastsängerin auf dem Song "Vengeful Spirit".
Natürlich dominieren auf dem neuen Album die fetten Gitarrenriffs, aber die Keyboards verleihen dem Album viel
Atmosphäre, ohne aber in Bombast zu verfallen. Das furiose Schlagzeug sei ebenfalls erwähnt.
Zudem möchte ich noch anführen, dass bei aller Härte COF auch wieder das Gefühl für schöne Melodien wieder gefunden haben, ohne dabei aber kommerziell zu werden.
Auch wenn das Album wie aus einem Guss daher kommt, habe ich doch 3 Lieblingsstücke: Das atmosphärische Titelstück, der mächtige Song "You Will Know The Lion By His Claw", der leichte Referenzen an Iron Maiden aus der Frühzeit aufweist und das epische 9 minütige "Death And The Maiden".
Fazit: COF haben meiner Meinung nach eines ihrer besten Alben überhaupt hervorgebracht, welches über die gesamten 66 Minuten, auch dank des Abwechslungsreichtums, vollends überzeugen kann.