Hardly onto a winner after Midian, Dani and Co release yet another symphonic/melodic/cathartic/whatever Black Metal record that fails to impress. Not all tracks are terrible but hardly their finest work. Listen to Midian and that's all the Cradle of Filth you will ever need.
I don't know why a lot of people dislike this album i think it's one of there best albums but you have to listen it to beginning to the end. Don't listen to the last song it's instrumental (Corpseflower track # 13) and the Narrator say's something like "this is what I've done" to me it kinda ruins the album just stop the cd after the self titled song (which is the 12th song out of 13).
Literally the most annoying and offensive extreme metal record to be generated in the past ten years. Staccato female singing litters the "dark" atmosphere of the album, and the vocals of Dani Filth have only gotten worse. The musicianship is not noteworthy in the slightest, and a concept throughout the album that could have easily been an excellent plot is approached in a pathetic manner, therefore leading to the conclusion that Cradle Of Filth are desperate to do anything to continue shoving their "dark and enigmatic" image down our throats. Even if we DON'T want it.
Cradle of Filth are a band that had to grow on me. I quite disliked Filth's high pitched screaming, however, began to realize it was ONE element that makes this band good. This album is an example of what those other elements are. The guitar riffs on this album where quite good, the orchestra and chorus parts were nicely done and at times quite haunting, and the lyrics were lyrics you would expect from this band, simply poetic and well written. Its not a full fledged classic Cradle of Filth album, but it is a good one, and for that, I gave it a 4.0