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Cradle of Filth
November 2000
Released: 2000, Music For Nations / Koch Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Joe

Often a center of controversy, Cradle of Filth have returned once again with their latest offering, Midian. From their cheesy vampiric image and anti-religious stance to critics arguing whether or not they even qualify as a Metal band, CoF do a good job of keeping themselves in the spotlight. I’ve been a fan of the band for nearly a couple of years now despite the silly facades and everything else that goes with the band. And I don’t care what anyone else may think, but they ARE a Metal band! I’ve been a fan of the genre for nearly eighteen years, so I think I have some idea as to what does and what doesn’t constitute as Heavy Metal.

EvilG recently sent me this promo, therefore saving me $20 (Thanks, buddy...) because I did plan on buying it. (Ahh... The perks of being involved in the media.) Unfortunately though, the promo disc does not include lyrics or info on the band, so I can’t tell you anything about the newest band members or if Dani’s lyrical style has changed any. (If you’re familiar with Dani’s singing style, then you’ll know it’s nearly impossible to decipher the lyrics by ear.) But if the song titles are any indication, then I think it’s safe to assume that the lyrics are pretty much in the same vein as those found on earlier albums such as Cruelty and the Beast and Dusk and Her Embrace.

Midian begins with a typical CoF, horror movie-inspired intro called "At the Gates of Midian" which segues directly into "Cthulu Dawn", a speedy tune that’s heavy on atmosphere. The band has continued to make use of female vocals, as on the multi-tempoed "Saffron’s Curse" and "Her Ghost in the Fog". All of the songs on Midian are very good and keep with the traditonal CoF style of songwriting. The only weak track is "Satanic Mantra", which is just Dani (with some vocal over-dubs) chanting "Archangel, dark angel, lend me thy light... Through death’s veil ‘til we have Heaven in sight...". Maybe it has some connection with the following track, "Tearing the Veil From Grace", but I’ll never know that without a copy of the lyrics. Thankfully, it’s only 50 seconds long.

So, in summary, if you like Cradle of Filth’s past work, then you’ll want to pick this one up. There are really no surprises, although there are a couple of places where the band does sound a little heavier, possibly even thrashier. And if you don’t know anything about the band and are interested in possibly getting something by them, then Midian is as good a starting point as any other CoF disc.

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