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Thornography [CD]

Cradle Of Filth Audio CD
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One of the most infamous and notorious names in metal, CRADLE OF FILTH continue to shock, excite, disgust and inspire in equal measures. On November 1st 2010 (Europe) and 9th (North America), the latest chapter of the band’s dark history is to be released through Peaceville Records on the band’s own AbraCadaver imprint and via Nuclear Blast USA for the North American ... Read more in Amazon's Cradle Of Filth Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B000ICMF4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive Like Miss Leviathan 1:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dirge Inferno 4:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tonight In Flames 5:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Libertina Grimm 5:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Byronic Man [Explicit] 5:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Am The Thorn [Explicit] 7:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cemetery and Sundown 5:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lovesick For Mina 7:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Foetus Of A New Day Kicking 3:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rise Of The Pentagram 7:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Under Huntress Moon 6:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Temptation 3:470.79  Buy MP3 

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A good proportion of the Great British public probably still know Cradle Of Filth best for their blasphemous T-shirt design, but Thornography - the seventh album from these first-wave British black metallers suggests that if Cradle occupy a niche, it's both a popular niche and an enjoyably camp one. That's not to say that Cradle have watered down their shrill, brimstone-scented metal rush. Unlike earlier, more symphonic albums like 2003's Damnation And A Day, Thornography finds Cradle possessed by the spirit of rock - the dual guitars of Paul Allender and Charles Hedger powering the likes of "Dirge Inferno" and "The Byronic Man" (featuring backing vocals from HIM's Ville Valo) on satisfyingly cruel riffs and solos of both barbed edge and ornate complexity. Two things mark this band apart from their extreme metal peers, however: a sense of humour – see how Dani Filth (credited on the sleeve as 'Harlot Church') invests his vocal with a camp, almost pantomime delivery; and an ear for mainstream (dare we say it) pop hooks. These dark metal alchemists are playing with a dangerous formula, but it works – at least until the closer, a cover of Heaven 17's "Temptation" that sees forked, lizard-like tongue pushed deep in cheek: a cheap shot, and given what's come before, somewhat unnecessary. --Louis Pattison

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Filth - Evolved 5 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
As a long time fan of The Filth, I for one was starting to feel a little like it was all over. While Damnation and a Day and Nymphetamine are both solid albums in their own way, they are not a patch on what came before. I appreciate that Cradle are trying to take a new direction, I even welcome it in a way, nobody can truly wish a band keeps on churning out the same stuff forever. Even if I would like to see another Cruelty and the Beast. Sigh.

To be honest, when Thornography was first released, instead of the usual rushing out to buy it, I had that moment of wondering, 'Should I bother?' I'm glad I decided to get it anyway.

Thornography sees Cradle continuing the themes they started to explore on Nymphetamine. The emphasis on more straightforward metal tracks with, (Satan forbid) catchy choruses. But whereas on Nymphetamine I believe they largely failed to hit the mark, here they seem to get it spot on almost every time. The first few tracks represent the best opening of a Cradle album for a long time. Dirge Inferno, Tonight in Flames and Libertina Grimm are outstanding and Byronic Man has the first Cradle chorus that was so catchy it got stuck in my head. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not!

Elsewhere the songs are all markedly better than on Nymphetamine and the level of consistency is, for me, perhaps the best of all their albums (with the possible exception of Cruelty). Almost every track has a great riff and the drumming is nothing short of excellent, the production really bringing it to the fore, but without destroying the atmosphere of the tracks. Dani's vocals are different again from his style on the majority of their albums, the sustained high pitch screaming of Dusk and Her Embrace is long forgotten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thornography 18 Oct 2006
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After Nymphetamine, I for one was starting to think Cradle had lost a lot of their originality, imagination and creativity and were merely rehashing a more commercially acceptable version of what had come before. Therefore, for me at least, Thornography was something of a "make or break" album. Fortunately for Cradle, they have yet again inverted fans' expectations and taken yet another turn in yet another direction.

Thornography does bear a lot of similarity to Nymphetamine, the guitars and drums are similar, Dani's kept up a lot of the new vocal twists he developed on the last album and on the whole, they've kept going in the slightly less gothic/melodic and slightly more "metal" direction they have been heading in recently. On the other hand, Thornography has much less of the commercial leanings of its predecessor and it is more or less the band quite simply having fun with no strings attached. The album is divided roughly equally between dark, energetic thrash and nightmarish gothic delights, slightly more reminiscent of their older music. The whole album evokes a dark, sinister yet somewhat decadent atmosphere, completely different from that of any of their previous albums. Despite the fact that all the silliness you expect from such a predominantly unserious band is still present, Cradle have grown up a lot from the days of Dusk and her Embrace, and there is a new maturity in their sound which can only be achieved after years of musical development and evolution.

Charles proves to be a more than adequate replacement for James and he and Paul clearly have a lot of fun creating endless twisting, complex riffs which weave an atmosphere of darkness but with their usual sense of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Oct 2006
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
I have been a cradle fan for around a year now and although i never got into their really early stuff i did take a liking to all the other albums they have available.

If you are a big fan of the newer albums of cradle of filth (nymphetamine, midian) then you will love this album. if you are more a fan of from the cradle to enslave, dusk and her embrace, vempire etc you may find yourself not so keen on this album.

Each song brings something different to the album; tonight in flames bring a slightly coffin fodder influence while the byronic man sees HIM frontman ville vallo doing back up vocals (and amazingly doesn't spoil the song!), the album ends with a cover of temptation which in my opinion is simply brilliant. many disagree and a recent review of the album had the reviewer thinking it nearly spoiled the album. Temptation doesn't have much in the way of dani's normal serpent tongue and favours more on female vocals so if you like the sound of a slightly different album ender give it a go or if you think that sounds horrible just skip the last track.

If you are new to cradle of filth then this could be a good starting point, coupled with nymphetamine.

On the whole dani's vocal continues brilliant with Adrian's truly amazing drumming, paul charles and dave continue to pelt us with incredible riffage and sarah backs it all up with her amazing voice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my favourite band 16 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
it was a good qulity cd,
no faults and no defects.
it was a good cd and i would recomend this to anyone who likes the band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars different sound but still better than anything else around!!
the filth changed their sound with this album and song structures but they pulled it off!! it may be more of a commercial main stream sound but it still has all the elements that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by collector of filth
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred Damnation And A Day...
This feels a litle too mainstream for me musically, with it's foot too much rooted in the Iron Maiden sound (Vocals aside, which are still Eeurgghh & Grrrr!!). Read more
Published on 7 July 2008 by Adam Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars I is a dumbs Texass white folk......
I is a dumbs Texass white folk......,

HEE HAW!!!!! I just loves Cradles of Filthy Filthes!!!!! Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2007 by Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing addition to the legacy
In my opinion this is an extremely good album for cradle of filth,
with every track a lot of time has been spent and it shows
all the people who say this is a bad album... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2007 by K. Throssell
5.0 out of 5 stars Such listening pleasure from the mouth of Hell
I've been into the Filth for the last couple of years starting with Damnation And A Day, which spent a lot of time on my mp3 player. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2007 by Ian Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Please state your reasons.
So far I have only partially listened to this album - and from what I've heard it is very good.

People who decide to review a CD - or a book or any other sort of thing,... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2006 by Ms. E. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the "Gods" of UK Black Metal
A lot of diverse reviews for this one. A lot of folks seem to suggest that this is a step back for the band, and not as good as previous releases. Uhh - Rubbish. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2006 by J. Halstead
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a really big Cradle Of Filth fan and when I heard that they were bringing out a new album I couldn't wait to buy it and hear it. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2006 by P. James
1.0 out of 5 stars wtf
wtf?! 4 out of 5 stars, people must be completely insane!

this album is their worst, it makes nymphetamine (which is horrible) look godly >;o

i'm quite... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2006 by Aliesterra
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
I have been a Cradle of Filth fan for a good few years now, prefering their earlier work, and like most similar fans worried about how much this album would change, but it is good... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2006 by D
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