Cradle Of Filth
Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder
27 October 2008
by Danny Montana
Following on from 2006’s rather mediocre effort Thornography, Suffolk’s premier extreme metallers are back with a different line-up to go with yet another epic, conceptual foray into dark and dramatic musical territories.
Using the concept of French, 15th century serial killer Gilles De Rais provides Dani Filth with much material to craft into his lyrics for their eighth album. It really doesn’t matter if you think that Cradle are a joke metal band because there is absolutely no denying that Filth has always been a master wordsmith.
When Cradle played the Main Stage at Download Festival 2006 a clearly-quite-bored festival reveller lobbed an apple at the pint-sized frontman. Filth retorted, “Who throws an apple? You’re a wanker. A rubbish wanker.” It doesn’t get any more cutting than that.
Backing up the worded witticisms are some dastardly tunes which are theatrical and overblown whilst retaining an edge and a fury that was missing from their last effort. Not only that, but they have knob wizard Andy Sneap on production duties. The results are good!
‘Of Grandeur And Frankincence Devilment Stir’ is a fine choice as the traditional melodramatic opening while the wonderfully-titled ‘Shat Out Of Hell’ gallops through with some super-fast drums as Dani Filth displays his full vocal range.
Watch the video for ‘Honey And Sulphur’ by Cradle Of Filth
‘The Death Of Love’ is a slightly plodding affair but the epic ‘The 13th Caesar’ pulls the album back to form with some cracking guitarwork from Paul Allender and some careful dynamics billowing through the atmospherics.
This may follow the classic Cradle Of Filth template but it’s a concept album that twists and turns. Arranged well, it stands up lyrically and has genuine strength in depth putting it amongst their finest works to date.
Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder is a great return to form for one of Britain’s most enduring metal bands. Before, you were always left wondering if there would be another record. After hearing this you’ll want album number nine.
Cradle Of Filth – Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder tracklisting
In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs
Shat Out of Hell
The Death of Love
The 13th Caesar
Honey and Sulphur
Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life
Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt
Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder
The album is streamed on GetCloser.com on 24-27 October