Cradle of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa

Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011

As far as Black Metal in the year 2010 goes, I will remember it first and foremost as the year Burzum returned to school all the new jack bitches. Secondly I will remember it as the year scene giants Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth laid huge fucking eggs. Hot off the heels of their 2008 return to form, Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder, I had high hopes for a continuation of the coolness. No such luck unfortunately. Most critics have compared this to the 1998 classic Cruelty and the Beast. I guess in the sense that both are concept albums about hot, evil chicks… but musically this record is an overly orchestrated mess. It is a screenplay first, Black Metal album second. Over an hour of British women talking gibberish, Dani Filth using every vocal style he has except the ones that work, and not a single memorable riff to be found. Not even a traditional Cradle of Filth Doomy ballad! And of course what all bands must do when they’re out of ideas, 765,090-piece orchestras and 456,786-piece choirs. I’ll let Marshall Mathers sum this one up from a 2010 album that hit way harder: “Unfashionable and about as rational as a rash on a fag’s asshole.”

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