Cradle of Filth
18 October 2011
by Jon Kerr
Famed for their ever-changing band members and labels (and one of the most offensive band t-shirts in history) Cradle of Filth are argubaly Suffolk’s finest extreme metal export. Having maintained an impressive run of recording and touring throughout their nearly twenty-year lifespan, is Evermore Darkly proof that they’re still the gift that keeps on giving…?
The EP: Evermore Darkly serves as an epilogue to 2010’s Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, an album that some ranked amongst their finest (along with Midian and the massively-underrated Thornography). This mini-album features the new song ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, which would have seen a thumping addition to last year’s release. Highly recommended.
Unfortunately that’s where the excitement pretty much ends. The CD includes a needlessly extended version of ‘Lilith Immaculate’, and an alternative version of ‘Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)’ does little to stand out from the original. Die-hards might be excited to hear how the CD ends, with a sneak preview of things to come in the form of a orchestral reimagining of ‘Summer Dying Fast’, from Cradle’s 1994 debut, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. This is the sound of Cradle’s next project, Midnight in the Labyrinth – an entirely orchestral album due out next year.
The DVD: The three-part DVD that accompanies the CD kicks off with Dani Filth sporting an Edward Scissorhands / Chucky love-child look in the boob-tastic ‘Lilith Immaculate’ video. It does at least provide a great way to watch Martin “Marthus” Skaroupka’s drum skills in full swing.
Following that is the forty-five minute “rockumentary”, You Can’t Polish a Turd, But You Can Roll it in Glitter. Catchy. Performance and interview footage is interspersed with Dani Filth explaining how he and his band checked this that and the other out whilst on tour. Its structured as a date-by-date summery of two recent mini-tours. In case you were worried, yes, there is footage of Dani both crossing a road and swearing – so no need to panic. Even more irksome is that rather than leaving in the raw live sound, the film dubs slick studio versions over all the live footage.
As if to make up for that, the final part of the DVD is a full live set from June 2011’s Graspop Festival, which is both well produced visually and is blessed with an excellent live mix. The set itself shows the band unleashing some of their best known and finest quality material such as ‘Her Ghost In The Fog’, ‘Nyphetamine’, ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’ and ‘Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids’, mixed with more recent favorites ‘Honey and Sulpher’, and the aforementioned ‘Lilith Immaculate’.
Sounds Like: Other Cradle of Filth filler like Peace Through Superior Firepower and Bitter Suites to Succubi
Top Tracks: Thank Your Lucky Stars, Summer Dying Fast, Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids [live]