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Cradle of Filth
December 2004
Released: 2004, Roadrunner
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

Midian was too wimpy. Then what seemed like a lengthy period of MCD’s, Live CD’s and compilations followed by the ambitious but ultimately disappointing major label debut. Now I feel COF has got it back together. Arguments about genre purity aside ( I agree with the purists, for the record) this is their best work since Cruelty. They don’t seem to be trying so hard and it just seems to flow a little more naturally, for such a contrived band. Although it must be hard with the incredible revolving door but Dani maintains a Blackie Lawless-like strange-hold on his vision and band. His vocals still shine despite losing some of the shrillness and the constant recycling of lyrical topics. Some of the humour that was missing from the last couple is back, and the shock value is intact for the kids (MTV indeed). High caliber, high budget but most importantly better songs. I’m a fan and a pleased one at that because if you strip away all the extra crap there are many entertaining metal songs on this disc.
Track Listing

1. Satyriasis
2. Gilded Cunt
3. Nemesis
4. Gabrielle
5. Absinthe With Faust
6. Nymphetamine (Overdose)
7. Painting Flowers White Never suited My Palette
8. Medusa And Hemlock
9. Coffin Fodder
10. English Fire
11. Filthy Little Secret
12. Swansong For A Raven
13. Mother of Abominations
Nymphetamine Fix (Bonus)


Dani Filth-Vocals
Paul Allender-Guitar
Germs Warfare-Guitar
Herr Pubis-Bass
Martin Foul-Keys
Adrian Erlandsson-Drums



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