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The Manticore and Other Horrors

28 Oct 2012 | Format: MP3

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
2:07
2
5:53
3
4:46
4
5:24
5
5:53
6
4:12
7
4:23
8
5:34
9
5:17
10
4:43
11
3:28


Product details

  • Label: Peaceville Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Peaceville Records
  • Total Length: 51:40
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  • ASIN: B00AX1V2G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,332 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Varian Beauregard on 29 Oct 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is the first COF album I have pre-ordered since "Nymphetamine" (and I still haven't bothered buying "Midnight in the Labyrinth"!). Naturally I opted for the limited edition digibook with 2 bonus tracks. I really enjoyed the fans edition of "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" and having read the bands comments on this latest album, I felt excited about this release and was glad to receive it 2 days before the official release date.

Initial impressions from track 3 "For Your Vulgar Delectation" (available for advance free download from Peaceville) reminded me of 'Thornography' (albeit harder, darker and faster!). That said the theme is fairy tales, so perhaps this was to be expected. Other tracks feature assorted beasties as inspiration, including the titular Manticore.

As a whole there are few surprises on this album. Just think of any of COF's recent non-concept albums and you get the general idea of how this will play out. All the standard COF elements are here & working like clockwork. Indeed, I did start to wonder if they had anything original to offer or should just call it a day before track 7 came on. "Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair" incorporated an electronic style in a subtler way than on certain previous controversial "special edition" tracks. I also enjoyed the different vocal style present on the same track.

Nevertheless, this is still a solid and competent COF release. It won't win COF any new fans & shouldn't lose them any existing ones. In some ways it reminds me of Midian-era COF but somewhat softer, gentler & less dark. (Although maybe I shouldn't have listened to Marduk's ROM 5:12 not long before popping this in my stereo for the first time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cubby Kovu on 3 Nov 2012
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this album is a slight return to older albums and is the first album in a while that hasn't been a concept album.
Each song is suppose to be about a mytholical beast hence the title. it has the same eerie guitaring faster paced and haunting keyboard parts and screechy vocals. but also it has some more punk like moments and some Actual singing from Dani filth too. I actually rather like it. alot it has excellent cover art as do most cradle of filth albums.
the album opens up with as usual a slow haunting piano instrumental before ripping in to a blistering blast beat and orchestral thing and dani screeches. and Dani start screeching and start sort of singing alittle bit he sound slike he is trying to be more melodic in the vocal department kudos for giving it a try, he seems to have layer all the vocals too so you get high pitch screeches and that sort of talking gorlw thing atthe same time. this album is definatly better than the last one which just seems to blend in to each other with this one the songs stand out alot more.

very good hope they keepy to this format for a while and then start experimenting again to come up with a new alteration I like it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By championez576 on 25 Jun 2013
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I knew I would have to buy this record as soon as I saw the lyric video that accompanied the title track, which I'm fairly sure you can find for yourselves... It's hilarious. Everything I remembered from my personal favourite period of their career was present -let's be honest, they're not the most likely band to announce a total stylistic change- but the creepy ambiences and delicacy are elements that Cradle put slightly less emphasis on when it came to recording Manticore, (though they're not gone altogether) preferring intensity, thrashy, punky riffs (not to say this isn't all out metal- it is).

Dani's versatility only seems to grow with age- how his voice isn't totally wrecked by now, well, he must have some diabolical assistance ;). I love the riffs, Paul Allender is as good now as he was some 12 years go on my favourite of their catalogue, Midian. The keyboards are great on this album too. An out and out horror of an LP (and I mean that positively)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JustKyle:) on 1 Nov 2012
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What an album!.....& a brutal workout for The Filths latest 'Battery'(Martin). Once again Dani & Paul work in perfect harmony to produce an album that solidifies them as debateably the best working partnership in Metal.

Dani's fathomless research & choice in subject matter are simply divine (As they are with every Filth album) & make him the most intelligent & interesting lyricist in the business!!

It still mystifies me how Paul continually compliments & accentuates Dani's input to turn lyrics of fury into Symphonies of madness.

Another Masterpiece from COF.....But did you really expect anything else!!!

Thanks again Guys & remember.....If you produce it, I'll buy it :)
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Well where do I begin. For those of you who may be new to the musical styling of Cradle of Filth imagine someone has dug up Edgar Allan Poe and reanimated him. Then introduced him to the current "old school" vernacular before treating him to a week in the local cinema screening nothing but 18+ horror movies and a few silent screamers as well for good measure. And then locked him in a recording studio with access to an unending supply of Absinthe and or Jack Daniels. Or maybe even both. And finally overlaid the resulting poetry with some thundering drumming and ripping riffs. Oh yes, it's that good.
Well, as the title of this particular tome suggests, the album is about various mythical monsters throughout history so it's not a concept album as such, unlike some of their earlier work, most notably Cruelty and The Beast (my personal favourite of their back catalogue). Their sound has changed over the years, there's not so much of the demented high pitched screaming from Mr Filth that we all knew and loved. He now seems to favour a somewhat measured vocal delivery with some melodies thrown in. I'm still not sure what to make of that one but as I've been listening to the album on repeat since I bought it, I'd wager it's a good thing. Having said that, his voice is still powerful enough to send shivers down my spine and he never falters or wavers in his delivery, and when he does throw the melodies in, he's in tune. I'd merrily recommend this album as I would any of their work and can honestly say I am happy that my current earworm (for the last fortnight) has been Pallid Reflection.
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