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CRADLE OF FILTH - MIDIAN
Although this album has been a deception to many old COF fans, I am happy to
differ and say how great this album is. Of course it does not sound like any
of their old albums. Is this bad? The answer is a clear NO! Midian brings us
a new concept. It does not talk about vampires, but a place where demons,
fallen angels, and monsters dwell, an idea whose origins come from the Old
I will start by saying it is good to hear Dani "singing" and doing less of
those glass-breaking screeches. The guitars are really good, they are fast,
melodic, and most importantly I think they emanate a bizarre and scary sound
that seem to recreate nicely the ambient Dani had in mind for this album.
Adrian was a great addition to the band. Frankly, I think he does a better
job than Nicholas ever did. The drumming is noticeable faster and more
elaborated than in previous albums. Martin does a good job giving the
musical pieces the perfect ambient. Musically, Cradle of Filth has matured,
and in Midian songs are more mature than those in previous albums like the
great Amor e Morte. This album comes with a set of melodic, complex and
heavy songs ready to defy whatever you thought Cradle of Filth has to be
(for some people they have to be “vampiric” metal forever or it sucks).
I want to make a special mention regarding the Lord Abortion song, which I
consider to be an unbelievable awesome song; I cannot get enough of it. Have
you read this song’s lyrics? Dani wrote a great story about a guy who
becomes a sexual maniac, serial killer bastard. It’s so sadistic I love it,
this is poetic gore! Also there are cool fast death metal-ish riffs in the
song that just kicks ass, and still black metal fans are whining about COF
not sounding like “true” Norwegian black metal. Fuck that, Cradle of Filth
incorporates elements from different metal styles that makes it more
interesting to listen than those grim and necro stuff, in my opinion. Last,
I want to mention that the Japanese version of this album comes with a bonus
track; a cover from one of the best thrash metal bands UK had called Sabbat.
I think COF did a very good job with this cover. Adrian does a good display
of his abilities in this song as well. I have had this album for a while and
I liked it, but I was not aware of its great characteristics. Now that my
tastes have matured I can comprehend how good each song of this album is.
9 of 10
- At the gates of Midian
- Cthulhu dawn
- Saffron's curse
- Death magic for adepts
- Lord abortion
- Amor e morte
- Creatures that kissed in cold mirrors
- Her ghost in the fog
- Satanic mantra
- Tearing the veil from Grace
- Tortured soul asylum
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