Cradle of Filth
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheJesusCodpiece USER (2 Reviews)
October 30th, 2008 | 45 replies | 5,738 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A welcome return to familiar territory

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Cradle of Filth have always been somewhat of an acquired taste. Like a triple espresso, or high-test import beers, most people either love them or hate them. Their breed of extreme (not black, Cradle haven't been anything close to black metal since 'The Principle of Evil Made Flesh') metal mixed with their over-the top (yet admittedly comical) appearance and the unique vocal gymnastics of their frontman Danni Filth, have left more then one listener with a bad taste in their mouth and a furrowed brow. This album won't change any of that.

Thank God.

Back with their eighth studio album, and their first concept album since 2003's Damnation and a Day, Cradle of Filth seem to finally be back on track. Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder is a marked improvement over their last two releases, (The good but not quite 'Cradle' Nyphetamie, and the woefully 'rocky' Thornography) and seems to be the next logical evolutionary step after Damnation and a Day.

When I first heard of the concept of this album, which focuses on 14th century serial killer, sodomite, satanist, and one-time Joan of Arc compatriot Giles de Rais, I was reminded of Cradle of Filth's 1998 release Cruelty and the Beast. Nor was I the only one, being a full-blown concept piece, unlike the partially scripted 'Damnation' and the more atmospherically influenced Midian, the media, fans, and even the band themselves have compared this album with 'Cruelty'.

Well, I've listened to this album several times now, and Cruelty and the Beast - it is not.

While far better put together, and with a more linear flow then 'Damnation', Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder lacks the almost palpable atmosphere that the band was able to capture on Cruelty and the Beast. Perhaps this is partially due to the fact that this story was actually researched by Danni Filth while writing 'Cruelty' and was 'put on the back burner' for ten years due to the obvious similarities between the two tales. Or, perhaps the story of Elizabeth Bathory was simply more appropriate for the band's nuanced, even feminine, style of brutality. Whatever the reason, the result is that when listening to 'Cruelty', you can almost hear the horses galloping through the woods and the blood dripping on to the stone floor. 'Godspeed', while a great album overall, never seems to quite get the listener to that point.

Starting off with the obligatory (In Cradle's case anyway) instrumental opener 'In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs', (not one of their best - "At the Gates of Midian" or "A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon" are far better) the album quickly picks up the pace with 'Shat Out Of Hell', a blast-beat, Midian tempoed track that serves as more of a personality overview of the central character then part of the story itself. One thing that is immediately apparent on this track, and proves true for the rest of the recording, is that Cradle of Filth made a wise choice in hiring up until now 'Live show' drummer Martin Skaroupka. He positively blows away anything the band has done drum-wise since Nicolas Barker left the outfit.

'The Death of Love' Is the first track on the album that starts to tell the story of Giles, focusing on the execution of Joan of Arc. While imperative as far as the tale is concerned, the track is drudgy and almost reminiscent of Thornography. Fortunately, it is the only low point on the album.

'The Thirteenth Caesar' Is next, and is an excellent track with a good female/male chorus (Sarah Jezabel Deva returning in her ubiquitous non-member capacity.) and a drive-beat, breakdown formula that is reminiscent of the better songs from 'Damnation'.

A two minute instrumental follows, named 'Tiffauges' (after Giles de Rais castle in France) follows, narrated by Doug Bradly, who in his fourth turn working with the band has taken on the persona of the central character. And if it's not broken, don't fix it, I say.

'Tragic Kingdom' Comes after and the album does not slow or disappoint until the narrative/ instrumental track 'Corpseflower' at the albums end. 'Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life', the title track, and 'Honey and Sulphur' (which had me singing along by the second listen) are stand out songs.

A limited edition is available, with two songs originally recorded for the album, but left off due to time constraints on it, along with a few useless demos and remixes, as well as live versions of 'Dirge Inferno' and 'Dusk and her Embrace'.

The album is solid, and a relief to those of us who had almost given up on 'Cradle' after Thornography. If you are a fan, this is a must, if you are not - don't bother. This will just give you something else to bitch about.


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Francis A. Calliento (3)
Another Cradle of Filth album......

Dash (3.5)
"sick and offensive" - the Lord Provost of Glasgow...

CradleDefender (5)
Cradle of Filth's greatest album of all time. Their magnum opus....

Channing Freeman STAFF (1)
Cradle of Filth released another album. They're so cute....


Comments:Add a Comment 
fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kind of a short for a pseudo-track by track review but good nonetheless

plus I'd make the conclusion longer than a sentenceThis Message Edited On 10.30.08

Willie
Moderator
October 30th 2008



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review started well and then it seems like you just rushed to finish it (right about where it turns into a track-by-track).
I haven't heard this yet, but I'm sure it's not any good.

He positively blows away anything the band has done drum-wise since Nicolas Barker left the outfit.
Yeah, the At the Gates drummer (can't remember his name) was boring as hell in CoF.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

BallsToTheWall
October 30th 2008



44164 Comments


Well The Death Of love is not a low point of the album. Ciompletely false but more realistic rating for the album at least.

TheJesusCodpiece
October 30th 2008



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really, why didn't you think so? Not challenging your opinion or anything, but it's right there at track three (Where an album can really take an up or down swing) and I thought the song kind of took some of the momentum away.

BallsToTheWall
October 30th 2008



44164 Comments


The song has a good sense of melody and the opening riff slays pretty hard. The vocals are sweet starting with Dani's verse and the chorus with the female vocals are excellent. That's not Sarah is it? I've been listening to Angtoria lately and her voice sounds much deeper than with Cradle. Am I mistaken? The last minute of the song is so epicly dark and brutal, I can't help but get too into it.

TheJesusCodpiece
October 30th 2008



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, I think that's Carolyn Gretton. I didn't think it was Sarah either. I understand what your saying about the riffs, the chorus and the ending, and I'm not saying it's a bad song. I liked Thornography, I just didn't think it was a CoF record. Maybe on some other album, or in another slot even, (I realize that due to the storyline this wouldn't work.) I could dig it. But where it is... didn't appeal to me. Angtoria is pretty good too, gives Sarah a chance too show off what she can do.

LearntoSwim
October 30th 2008



68 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude, props on this review. you know yr shite and have described my feelings almost exactly, right down to the cockrockery of death of love. congratulations, you got my vote.This Message Edited On 10.30.08

jingledeath
October 30th 2008



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good review but you didn't think Darkness Incarnate was a stand out track?

TheJesusCodpiece
October 30th 2008



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Darkness incarnate is awesome. Just didn't make my top three.

jpattison
October 30th 2008



125 Comments


This review is much better than the very opinionated review by the staff, that got rated a 1.
I think this album is good, but not amazing.
my favorites are Midian and Damnation.


bastard
October 30th 2008



3435 Comments


then why in the bloody hell did you give it a 4.5

Willie
Moderator
October 30th 2008



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

my favorites are Midian and Damnation
So that explains why you think this one is any good.

Essence
October 30th 2008



3578 Comments


very opinionated review

LOL

rasputin
October 30th 2008



14520 Comments


ROFLOFLFOFLFL

AngelPhoenix
October 30th 2008



2764 Comments


I think this album is good, but not amazing

Uhhhh... 4.5 = pretty damn amazing.

bastard
October 30th 2008



3435 Comments


ROFLOFLFOFLFL


lolwaffles

beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

review is decent
album is horrid

AtavanHalen
October 31st 2008



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have enjoyed drumming along to this, even though it's a bitch (single pedal drummer).

Spamue1G
October 31st 2008



1292 Comments


The review does seem a bit rushed at the end, but it is good. However, Chan's essentially destroyed the reputation of this album in his review for it forever, so the review may have been slightly futile

TheJesusCodpiece
October 31st 2008



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review is for people who are actually fans of the band, While I thought Chan's was more for people who weren't. I did rush it a little at the end, because I didn't think you would have to 'sell' this record to Cradle fans. I do think Chan's review was hilarious though, and well written. I just offered this as counterpoint.This Message Edited On 10.31.08



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