Cradle of Filth - Midian

Posted on Sunday, October 03, 2010

I really wish my promo pack had included lyrics, so I’d know for sure if all the songs are supposed to be about Clive Barker’s novel Cabal (or the movie version of it, Nightbreed), or if that’s just the title track and artwork. Hey, I’d like to know! Anyway, this new album - wait! Holy fuck is that Pinhead talking?!?! Okay, these guys wear more gay makeup than a whole stable of whores, but it’s pretty hard to deny that this album is good. Perhaps a bit less “extreme” than their earlier work, and noticeably less keyboard saturated (both of which are okay with me), but all that means is that they’ve concentrated on making the songs more memorable. And there is still plenty of extremity to be found. Just listen to the first minute-and-a-half of “Lord Abortion.” In the press release, lead singer Dani describes this track as “total Death Metal,” and naturally I figured that he was full of pig shit. Well, there are little breaks of more atmospheric stuff and higher pitched vocals, but the majority of this track is brutal. Dani even occasionally uses low, guttural vocals. It’s kinda fucked up, but god damn it’s awesome. And the rest of the album follows suit. There are moments in every song where I wish that they’d not done something musically silly, or that the vocals went into outer space for a second, but the reality of the situation is that Midian is an album wherein quite a few Metal styles are fairly expertly blended together to make a damn enjoyable listen. Now, if I only had the lyrics…

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