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Same Old, Same Old
on 1 October 2004
Seven albums on and Cradle of Filth don't really seem to have eveolved too much. Not that a band should create new sounds/images for each album, but some diversity within the music is expected from a band whose career has spanned more than a decade.
The formulaic operatic opener & interlude, that monotonous double-kicked pedal of the drum over each track; the riffs seem less complex (perhaps even slightly toned-down) - see 'English Fire', 'Nymphetamine (Overture).
The album isn't entirely bad; yes, there are some blistering riffs ('Filthy Little Secret'), and it's bound to please the avid fanbase and those who perhaps haven't listened to a great deal of Cradle of Filth before.
Basically, it's what you expected. It seems that 'Midian' still stands as the bands only diverse offering, and with song titles such as 'Gilded Cunt' you can see they seem slightly desparate for controversy.