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Cryp­to­ri­ana – The Se­duc­tive­ness Of De­cay


Cra­dle si­lence their crit­ics with a filthy mas­ter­piece

Chomp­ing at the bat as they crawl from the crypt once more, Suf­folk’s filth­i­est con­tinue their re­nais­sance in vul­garis with al­bum num­ber 12. Em­bel­lish­ing ex­treme metal check­points from Cra­dle’s ca­reer with Vic­to­rian mys­ti­cism, Cryp­to­ri­ana… em­bod­ies the trope, ‘It’s like the early stuff, but new, too’. Build­ing fur­ther on Ham­mer Of The Witches’ old-school, or­ches­trally lav­ish ap­proach from 2015, this record is a per­fectly paced ex­am­ple of what peo­ple love(d) about the band. Dani Filth’s vo­cal tract bungee jumps as usual, his bol­lock-squeez­ing high screams ri­post­ing bes­tial belches and raspy nar­ra­tion. A yearn­ing lyri­cal tide rides atop Wester Ves­per­tine’s chord pro­gres­sion, reaf­firm­ing Dani’s sta­tus as a mod­ern-day By­ron with a sore throat. But in con­trast to what de­trac­tors would have you be­lieve, this isn’t Dani & The Filths. Cra­dle’s latest line-up, sta­ble for three years now, have forged their firmest mu­si­cal spine since Mid­ian. The re­turn to twin lead gui­tar is still im­prov­ing, the ti­tle track’s gal­lop­ing riff bas­tar­dis­ing vin­tage Iron Maiden. Ach­ingly Beau­ti­ful’s key-laden thrash seems a charm­ing throw­back to 1994’s A Crescendo Of Pas­sion Bleed­ing, but it’s done with such ex­per­tise, it’s never laboured nor de­riv­a­tive. Cra­dle know peo­ple think their best days are be­hind them, so Death And The Maiden’s live choirs, its spindly so­los and Lind­say School­craft’s mag­is­te­rial vo­cals are the most tri­umphant mid­dle fin­gers this side of the grave. Cryp­to­ri­ana… isn’t some black metal rein­ven­tion – it’s just an­other in­cred­i­ble of­fer­ing from one of ex­treme mu­sic’s most unique en­ti­ties, star­ring the line-up Cra­dle will ar­guably be re­mem­bered for when they’re long gone, souls up­loaded to the cloud.


Dani’s back, prey­ing on your soul

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