Cradle of Filth
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
September 22nd, 2017 | 194 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does everything its predecessor did right, but better, and with more style, flair, and conviction.

When Cradle of Filth released Hammer of the Witches to early critical acclaim, there were those that dismissed the praise without even hearing the album. They assumed any positive vibes were simply the result of 15 years of low expectations, but It turned out the accolades were totally justified. Not only did Hammer of the Witches mark the return of the band’s classic formula, it also managed to finally make good on the modern riff-oriented sound they had been fumbling around with for years. If we’re being truthful, though, low expectations and nostalgia probably did play a role in the initial excitement surrounding Hammer of the Witches even if it did turn out to be justified. The real test would be the band’s follow-up release. It wouldn’t be able to get by on low expectations or a simple return to the classic sound. If Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay was to succeed, it would need to step up Cradle of Filth’s game… and it definitely has.

Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay takes its predecessor’s blend of classic and modern Cradle of Filth to a whole new level. It’s a universal truth that Cradle of Filth generally open their albums with a throw-away keyboard introduction that eventually segues into the fastest track on the release, but not this time. “Exquisite Torments Await” begins quietly enough, but within the first minute it has moved into a double bass-filled wall of riffs, keyboards, choir vocals and Dani’s death growls all moving at a break-neck pace. After barely two minutes, it seamlessly transitions into the second track, “Heartbreak And Séance,” which builds on the melodies of the opener and prominently features more choir vocals. It doesn’t fall into the stereotype of being the fastest track on the album, though, mostly because of the visceral nature of every other song. The other songs also don’t return to the dominating choir vocals as an overarching crutch, leaving them for just the two opening tracks.

What they do offer, though, is a wealth of riffs that move effortlessly between thrash and black metal, Iron Maiden-inspired guitar harmonies, relentless percussion, huge keyboard melodies, shredding guitar solos, and the multifaceted vocals of Dani Filth – all improved. It’s honestly not a stretch to suggest Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay contains some of the best riffs of the band’s long career. It’s also not an exaggeration to say it is the most consistently aggressive album of their career. Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay also features some of the band’s most nuanced and complicated songs, featuring subtle little flourishes and an abundance of tangents in a way the band never have before. Since I’m making grand generalizations anyway, I’d also say that despite some of my favorite Cradle Of Filth songs residing on other albums, this is probably my favorite overall – and “Wester Vespertine” is definitely top 5 material.

Nobody expected Cradle of Filth to recover from their 15-year slump with such skill when they released Hammer of the Witches, but they did. Despite that, there were still a lot of questions about the band’s ability to adeptly follow it up. It turns out any concerns were unwarranted. Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay is easily Cradle of Filth’s most visceral, nuanced, and consistent album in their 23-year career. The riffs are some of their best, the melodies are well-developed, and Dani Filth’s vocals sound better than they ever have. Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay does everything its predecessor did right, but better, and with more style, flair, and conviction.




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Willie
Moderator
September 21st 2017


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm not going to lie, this was a hard review to write. I hate writing reviews for two albums in a row by the same band (and this is number 3), because I just run out of shit to say and ways to open/close. I did this one because I had it dib'd and it turned out to be such a good release.

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Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2017


55296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell yeah

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Hawks
September 21st 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing review bro. m/



Can't wait to jam this in full tomorrow.

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2017


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4 | Sound Off

Will listen tomorrow. Will be my first album from this band. Never even listened to a song outside of Nymphetamine (is that one of theirs?).

Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes it is lol.

Willie
Moderator
September 22nd 2017


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think this is probably the perfect album to start with, actually.

Dewinged
September 22nd 2017


5839 Comments


I haven't listened to these guys since Dusk and Cruelty of the Beast.

Nice review Willie, marked for checking later.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2017


10497 Comments


Since you're on it, check Midian and Vempire, Dewi. Two of their best albums.

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Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Check all of the first 5 (including Vempire) if you haven't then move on to the others. I think all of their albums are great except for Darkly and Manticore though.

Dewinged
September 22nd 2017


5839 Comments


I will guys, thanks

Willie
Moderator
September 22nd 2017


17288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The rest of their albums sound a little bit primitive and under developed compared to this one. FYI. Especially if you check out their debut. That one always sounded primitive and under developed.

Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Principle is sooooooo good. So many classic tracks on that album.

BlackwaterPork
September 22nd 2017


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Outstanding review, and I still need to check this out

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Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wish I could explain to you guys how much I still love this band after so many years.

BlackwaterPork
September 22nd 2017


1085 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Never really gave this band much time but I wanna give them a chance with this. I've heard the vocals before and they're high af sometimes

Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol yeah they're even higher on the early albums. Dani's vox over the past 2 albums are as good as they've ever been though.

DarkSideOfLucca
September 22nd 2017


7607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck I need to hear this

Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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0GuyMan0
September 22nd 2017


868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if this hangs with the first 6 tracks on Hammer then I'm going to be really happy.

Hawks
September 22nd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

God damn this album brings the fucking riffs. m/



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