The Manticore and Other Horrors
Is the title of the upcoming tenth studio album from the English Metal band CRADLE OF FILTH
set to be released on October 29 in Europe and on October 30 in USA in 2012!
01 The Unveiling of O
02 The Abhorrent
03 For Your Vulgar Delectation
06 Frost On Her Pillow
07 Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair
08 Pallid Reflection
09 Siding With the Titans
10 Succumb to This
11 Nightmares of an Ether Drinker
12 Death, The Great Adventure
And here is the Review:
First things first, COF was one of the first metal bands I got into metal in the first place, and still the most loved albums from them for me especially are: Dusk…and her Embrace, Cruelty and the Beast and Midian!
The new stuff has been criticized a lot, and from their last album, well I heard it once and never spoke of it again!
So I was both skeptical and excited going into “The Manticore and Other Horrors”
Typical as always with COF is the Intro, this one sounded a bit as a mix of the old days of Dusk… with Midian.
And then literally the Thrashing began, the next two tracks were power and more power, but again Dani’s vocals remain similar to Thornography and after time, I miss the old screeching. Still pretty powerful and fast simply extreme!
Than “Illicitus” came and it got a bit better, kind of a heavy mix as always but also felt Damnation album influence in it. So it started to get interesting.
It’s hard to sum up how this album feels, Its extreme sure, but old Cradle of Filth might not get the same kicks as we did before, moving with the times, this album is surely better than Darkly, darkly…album from 2011
Song “Manticore” felt a bit darker already, not from the vocals thou, but it had its moments, and once it reaches 3 minutes plus the beat is pretty good and feels pretty solid! Again influence of Thornography can be felt! Similar to the song “tonight in flames”.
The orchestra in the back feels at times kind of influenced by something similar to Midian
It’s hard to grasp what emotions come out of this album, especially with other people feeling differently probably then me. This album happens to be pretty heavy, fast, and merciless. If you enjoy New COF than this is for sure for you! For the older fans, you have to judge yourself!
My favorite songs from this album happen to be “Frost on her Pillow”, “Pallid Reflection” and “Death, The Great Adventure” this track especially felt a bit like nostalgia, a bit!
Should you buy this Album? Well YES and NO, The hardcore fans of COF’s past will not be satisfied as much as they might hope. While fans of New COF, especially if you follow them since: Thornography, than you will enjoy this album. And if you enjoy both sides of COF new or OLD, than I bet you will find something about this album that you will like. But I must admit its way better than the album that came before it!
This review made me feel nostalgic a bit now so Ill finish this review and will go to play for old time sakes MALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS!!!
So buy this album if you believe this is your cup of tea! And we shall see what the future holds!
COF Fans also consider if you are not yet to follow Dani on his official page
Robert C. Friedrich