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THE BEST OF BLACK
on 13 April 2002
Cradle of filth are not like many things you would of heard before. The streaming fast black metal guitar riffs and drumming meet with melodic piano and organ tunes and creates an evil yet easy-listening album. The black metal vocal is quite crisp but still understanding lyrics may prove a problem without the leaflet. Unlike most black metal, the lyrics are more about love than religious hatred. Dani Filth's lyric writing is more like Shakespeare's poetry but suites the mood perfectly.
The melodic instrumental "at the gates of Midian" that opens the album is an amazing intro to Filths' greatest hit ever "Cthulu dawn" which is fast, furius yet easy-listening. Every song is different and has momemts that you will be whistling everywhere. Other songs that stand out with their excellence on the album are "Saffron's curse", "Lord Abortion" and "Her Ghost in the fog". Just don't be put off by the names nor the band's scary image.
This album, like any other black metal isn't a first-listen-love and takes a few listening to start loving it but I guarantee that soon you'll become adicted to COF's outstanding music. I truly recommend this album and if there was a higher rating than 5 stars I would give it!