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A First Look at Cradle of Filth's 'Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay'

British extreme stars Cradle of Filth are set to release 'Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness of Decay' on September 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records. The first single, "Heartbreak and Seance", premiered on July 11th with "You Will Know the Lion by His Claw" following on August 8th. The album was once again produced by U.K. native Scott Adkins, a frequent collaborator that has already produced four of the band's albums this decade. The album is prefaced by vocalist Dani Filth explaining, "The album, both lyrically and artistically, is infused with Victorian gothic horror and thus the title is a reflection of that."

Maximum Metal had the opportunity to hear 'Cryptoriana...' in advance of the album's release. We have our song by song description of the record below:

"Exquisite Torments Await" (2:15) is a typical opening number from these Brits. Orchestral music is at the forefront as the song kicks off. The music builds as a lengthy wail from Dani leads into some heavier guitar work.
"Heartbreak and Seance" (6:23) really kicks the album off as the first full song. The track starts with some quiet orchestral music with Dani's spoken word in the background. The guitars come in with a bit of a melodic intro before giving way to a more aggressive riff. There are a few blast beats that are mixed in and the song follows an aggressive/melodic formula that gets a little tired near the end.
Dani's familiar deep spoken words populate the beginning of "Achingly Beautiful" (7:02) before erupting into a two-beat faster percussion. There's the quick thrash element highlighted by twin guitar and Schoolcraft's softer vocal presence. It is very reminiscent of the band's last record and its ode to NWOBHM. A fairly robust choral arrangement dominates the middle part before ending with the same pace and makeup as the song's opening two-minutes.
"Wester Vespertine" (7:29) is fairly mid-pace as Schoolcraft performs spoken narration over keys and symphonic portions. The four-minute mark is more of an operatic development with penetrating double-bass. The last couple of minutes has some of the higher vocal screams and mid-register growls. We love the galloping riffs towards the ends as it melds perfectly with the closing solos. It's a solid continuation of an opening 1-2-3 punch for the record.
"The Seductiveness of Decay" (7:38) features a haunting mid-paced guitar riff at the intro before diving into some Midian-era mayhem. The Seductiveness features a very diverse mix of melody, speed, brutality and theatrics. It's a great song from COF that stays away from rehashed riffs that were predominant on some of their recent releases.
One of our favorite tracks on the album, "Vengeful Spirit" (6:00), features former Theatre of Tragedy and Leaves' Eyes vocalist Liv Kristine on guest vocals. The song opens with a melancholic acoustic passage followed by an awesome riff that sounds like melodic 90s Swedish death metal. From start to finish, this song slays. Lots of blast beats, killer riffs and a monster guitar solo right in the middle. They prove after all these years they are still a tight unit that can still deliver brutal metal.
Quick fretwork at the beginning of "You Will Know the Lion by His Claw" (7:23) leads into a patented screeching howl. There's a slight power metal feel to the verses, punctuated by soaring solos into the three-minute point. Double-bass, tight rhythm and orchestration serves as the familiar backdrop. The last minute is maniacal, evil black metal similar to the early days of COF. Very refreshing to hear vintage.
"Death and the Maiden" (8:47) closes the record out in epic fashion. A cinematic symphony stirs it up amongst slower, doomy riffs. We liked the use of acoustic strings throughout the album and it's an important part of this song too. The last four-minutes increases the speed before branching into lead solos hammered home with an effective battery of slower double-bass and marching rhythm.
* note that the digipak CD and vinyl will include songs "Night at Catafalque Manor" and "Alison Hell" (Annihilator cover)

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Band Website: Cradle of Filth

Pre-Orders: Cryptoriana

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