Let me start by first saying this: I have never supported “man make-up.” Never have I worn eyeliner; in fact I am terrified of watching others apply it to themselves. Outside of a few Halloween instances, that chalky feeling has yet to embrace my skin.
That being said, I do support Cradle of Filth.
Interestingly enough, I do not support almost everything they do and/or stand for – yet I support the band? I am not a fan of spiked, leather clothing. I hate boots. Christianity has always been a solid basis for my belief system. Lineup changes piss me off. Vampires are not real (actual real, I mean), and as I previously mentioned, I am against man make-up.
So why in the hell would this band remain such a constant source of pleasure in my life?
Although everything I mentioned above would normally be a firm foundation for hating someone, or something, the music and their talent trumps all of the negatives. People question my love for the band and it always stems back to the power of music. Fascinating notion, judging music based solely on musical ability.
Dani Filth (I refuse to ever call him by his actual name) and the rest of his filthy crew (changes all the time, aside from guitarist Paul Allender, of course) are now into their tenth full-length studio album. Enter The Manticore and Other Horrors, an album that uncharacteristically does not focus around one concept or theme, but is rather more of a collection of tales. Dani Filth, as always, does all of the writing (scripture, as he puts it) and per usual, he is as clever and detailed as ever – that rhymed. However evil and foul they may be, the lyricism is precise and extremely well-thought out. That is something that will never change with them.
The Manticore supersedes the prior two albums, relying once again on the haunting, orchestral sound which was so evident in albums past. While the band continues to be similar to those extreme metal acts (mainly situated in their punk guitar), their style has seemed to collectively devour both genres (black/extreme). Tracks like “Siding With the Titans” and “Illicitus” really hit the nail on the head. They forcefully become reminiscent of past Filth records like Cruelty and the Beast and Midian. Two of my personal favorites,
of course, they cleverly captured both the elegant black metal sound and thrashing-ly wicked extreme metal genres.
My one setback to the record is Dani’s weakening vocal power. While he can still screech with the best of them, his ability is no longer unearthly. Obviously this judgment is mildly unfair, due in part to his time in the game. The guy has been doing this for over 20 years, and for that reason, I will leave my complaint at that.
As predictable as they are (timeliness, that is), Dani and crew have created a nice little soundtrack for the season. For those classic Cradle of Filth fans out there, I would strongly urge you to go out and pick up an early Halloween gift for yourself. The Manticore and Other Horrors will most definitely not disappoint, as it remarkably holds within it everything you have loved, and do love about C.O.F.
For Those Who Like: Dimmu Borgir‘s Death Cult Armageddon – Behemoth‘s Pandemonic Incantations – Dark Funeral‘s In the Sign