Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Nuclear Blast
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
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.
Cradle Of Filth are one of the great British heavy metal bands. From their beginnings in the dank depths of the early 1990s as vampire-fixated black metal hobgoblins, they’ve blossomed – if that’s the right word –into the Hammer Horror Iron Maiden. Cryptoriana is a cinematic epic draped in shades of black and blood red, heavy on the orchestration and gothic camp. The nails-down-a-blackboard extremity of the past is still there but it’s a long way from front and centre, while frontman Dani Filth has dialled down his Nazgul shriek in favour of a cracked croon.