Genre: Symphonic Black/Death/Gothic
Label: Nuclear Blast
I think that the first time I decided to… look a little bit further than Iron Maiden and Metallica was when… King Diamond of black metal, or else CRADLE OF FILTH, released (the decent) ‘Damnation and a Day’, but like many others, I loved them because of ‘Midian’, the ultimate album that was released at the dawn of the millennium. And what if I afterwards discovered that their pre-00’s discography consists of many diamonds, I cannot unfortunately tell the same about the post-00’s one, considering that -beyond ‘Hammer of the Witches’, but which was also not exactly what I expected- since then there was no other work by them that made me feel enthusiastic. Until today…
After pressing the play button and being prejudiced of course because of my disappointment at the latest releases of the British group, I tried to let myself get ‘lost’ in a neutral way in the music, dismissing from my mind that I listen to something by CoF. Perhaps this was the ‘key point’ in the whole review, since it took only a few listening sessions to find out that, yes, ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’ is finally what I was looking for over the years by Daniel ‘Dani Filth’ Lloyd Davey and his ‘company’.
Sometimes forceful and passionate, and others atmospheric and enchanting, is based on an interesting black/death metal riffology composed of catchy ideas -even if it lacks of inspiration, since many of the riffs are not so innovative- and the ‘sharp’ guitars this time have a leading role and are not buried behind the choir-orchestral parts and keys as in the recent -and not only- past. The theatricality is something that stands out as usual, and on that issue also helps Dani’s voice; he shows once again that he will never stop spreading feelings behind the microphone, whether his vocals are dark and gloomy, or just screeches like a vulture ready to attack his prey.
Lastly, the production could not be anything less than ‘crystal’, with everything being featured in an ideal level, but Cradle of Filth, of course, never fell short on that part.
Okay, I will not go over the top, ‘Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay’ is not a new ‘Midian’, it’s not even equal to ‘Dusk …’ and ‘Cruelty …’ but it is an album with a beginning, middle and end, an album that will keep you delighted, either you listen to it for the first time or after a hundred of times.