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on 31 December 2015
The biggest problem with any review of a Cradle OF Filth album, is the fanbase giving everything five stars. They would have you believe that the very first demo's done by the 'group' (c'mon it's just Dani and whoever he hires!) was musical perfection, and since then each release has only refined perfection into something that is even better, something which, prior to release, was actually inconceivable in its brilliance.
This is nonsense of course.
Personally, I thought the 'group' started off as a load of shouty garbage, but slowly improved over time, becoming less extreme (oh dear, I can hear the fans hissing) and much more accessible around 2000 with Midian. Pretend "Damnation and Day" didn't happen and the 2004 Nymphetamine and 2006 Thornography have great tunes, sound, guitars and are just wonderful theatrics to listen too. no idea about what Dani is on about most of the time, but his voice was amusingly "bad guy in kids cartoon of the 80's" in those, rather than "just screaming". But since then it has all been downhill. 2008's Godspeed was trying too hard to offend, the purile subject matter was genuinely offensive rather than "wind up mum and dad" amusing. It seemed there wasn't enough ideas to fill an album and the good moments were too few. Darly Darkly in 2010 was even worse, and 2012's Manticore hit an all time low, the album itself only showed three band members and there wasn't a memorable song on the entire disc.
so, this is just noise really. I think Dani even said he wanted people to hear the words and think about them? who is he kidding, he is screaching nonsese about made-up monsters! get over yourself man!
Somehow, against all odds, the 2015 album Hammer of the Witches forgets everything post 2006 and sounds like a decent (not quite spectacular)follow-up to Thornography, back to the theatrics and fun. but everything between 2006 and 2015 can be skipped really, and if you have to get Godspeed for its handfull of decent tracks then do so, but skip this, it is just rubbish