One of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2017 has to be Cradle Of Filth’s twelfth studio album, Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay. It seems for months now the band has been teasing us with snippets from the album and promising us something very uniquely Victorian Gothic. Of course, we should never have really doubted them as the band are seriously the best Gothic band of modern times but what they have released with Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay is something that is even far beyond what I expected.
There are so many concept albums around today that when you listen to them you think… really I can’t pick up that concept at all. With Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay that never happens. The strains of the Victorian Gothic era are there from the very start and you get the image of Dani Filth recording the album is some ancient Gothic cathedral with visions of the underworld swirling around him.
Opening track ‘Exquisite Torment Awaits’ brings the Gothic feel to the album very early on with a mix of organ and Marthus’ pounding drums. It captures the mood of the album so well that it almost sounds like it was written for a horror film soundtrack. Then the brilliance of Dani Filth’s vocals hit with ‘Heartbreak And Séance’ which features his classic trademark high-pitched screams which is enhanced even more by the stunning choir in the background. The track is then taken to a whole new level with an amazing guitar solo by Ashok.
The vocals on the album get even better with ‘Achingly Beautiful’ while the female spoken words parts on ‘Wester Vespertine’ sound like some kind of spell is being cast… weighing in even more to the Gothic feel. The varied speed of the vocals on the track also adds something special while the ever-present choir again lifts this track. Those amazing female vocals also reappear on ‘Vengeful Spirit’ and once again the result is amazing.
‘The Seductiveness of Decay’ begins with classic gothic metal sound, something you would expect a band like Nightwish to deliver, all instruments are in perfect unison until the song launches into a manic guitar period that is raised even higher by more high pitched from Dani Filth. The album then closes with two darker toned tracks – ‘You Will Know The Lion By His Claw’ and ‘Death And The Maiden’ – the latter being one of the best tracks on the album.
Cradle Of Filth have delivered a sensational album with Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness Of Decay. It captures the Victorian Gothic sound and feels that the band were looking for and ends up being an album that is destined to become a favourite among their fans.