Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay - Cradle of Filth

Artist: Cradle of Filth

Album: Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay

Genre: Extreme Metal

Review by Zachary Quinn

Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This Band requires very little introduction. As soon as you hear this high pitched ear piecing scream You know you are listening to Cradle of Filth.

England's black metal icons Cradle of filth have had more line up changes then I've had hot dinners but they have and still hold a huge influence within the Metal scene worldwide. Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay is their 12th full-length album, which is to be released on 22nd of September .

Returning with the same line up from 2015's Hammer of the Witches this feels like the next step forward and the band are sounding stronger than ever, The album begins with the brooding and unsettling "Exquisite Torments Await" This is a great opener and the shortest track found on Cryptoriana with the other 7 Tracks being 6 minutes and above. The whole record clocks in at around 53 minutes but you won't find any torments here though but instead you will find something truly exquisite does await.

Each track is brimming with energy and every member showcases an array of techniques, The band have incorporated a live choir again emphasising on a lead soprano adding a beautifully haunting texture accompanied by ghostly keys and strings that the band are known for, The hero of this record however is defiantly found in the guitars and drums. Martin has been behind the kit for Cradle since 2008's Godspeed On The Devil's Thunder, his drumming in a word is perfect and I can't really say more than that.

Guitarists Richard and Ashok have produced some of the finest guitar work ever heard on a Cradle record and with 25 years of material to match up against they should be very proud indeed, there are countless great moments with elaborate meandering twin harmonies, powerful solos and memorable riffs to be found throughout the whole album, each track has it's own flavour and flair the guitar tone has a brilliant classic shine to it and reminded me a lot of traditional metal.

Dani himself is sounding at the top of his game his trademark vocal style is used to it's fullest with Gut wrenching growls, glass shattering high howls and Dani's voice holds such an identity that firmly invokes beautiful and haunting images. His lyrics are elaborate as ever and very enjoyable Cryptoriana doesn't follow a strict concept like past Cradle works it's more free flowing and the lyric content is aggressively spat and dexterously controlled.

There are lots of elements being use in all of the songs but as you listen along you never get lost though each element is executed with a great precision, As undeniably heavy and metal the album may be it's also incredibly graceful and elegant there's a lot of diversity on the record. 25 years on Cradle Of Filth have proved they are still a force unlike any other in the world of metal,

every single detail that makes up Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay is well through out and you can feel all the love and affection that went into making this beast of a record.

In the 53 captivating minutes you are swept into the Victorian era a kingdom ripe with disease and illnesses among other inhabitants obsessed with death but it feels just like home.

10 out of 10 stars.

Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay is out 22nd of September via Nuclear Blast Records.

Watch the official video for the track "You Will Know The Lion By His Claw" below:

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