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Cradle of Filth
Lovecraft & Witch Hearts
Released: 2002, Music for Nations
Reviewer: Michael De Los Muertos
No, this is not a new Cradle of Filth studio release. This is a “best-of” style compilation spanning four Cradle of Filth albums from 1996 to 2000, those being DUSK AND HER EMBRACE, CRUELTY AND THE BEAST, FROM THE CRADLE TO ENSLAVE and MIDIAN, plus remixes and some unreleased tracks. This is a double-disc set serving up a smorgasbord of hits from Britain’s showiest black metal band (or pseudo-black metal band, depending on your opinion). Whether LOVECRAFT & WITCH HEARTS is destined for your CD shelf depends, I think, entirely on your existing opinion of Cradle of Filth’s past releases.
I’m not generally a fan of Cradle of Filth. MIDIAN is the only album of theirs that I’ve responded to with more than indifference, and for that reason this compilation didn’t do much for me. Disc one presents tracks from Cradle’s four studio albums under Music for Nations, ranging from “Dusk and Her Embrace” through “Lord Abortion.” The second disc is a hodgepodge of remixes and cover songs (including Slayer’s “Hell Awaits”) that is really hit or miss. Do I need to hear an electronica dance version of a song called “Twisting Further Nails,” featuring the shrieks of Dani Filth and what sounds like the synthesizer from C&C Music Factory (“Everybody dance now! Boomp…boomp, boomp, boomp…”)? More importantly, do you need to buy it? Thus, the thesis of this review. How much do you like Cradle of Filth?
This compilation is competently compiled, well-produced, lavishly packaged and illustrated and indeed could be quite a bargain depending on what record stores or mail-order outfits charge for it. But to me it seems incapable of influencing anyone’s preexisting opinion about Cradle of Filth in the slightest, either favorably or adversely. For a double-barreled dose of two dozen metal songs, LOVECRAFT & WITCH HEARTS makes absolutely no impact at all.
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