Godspeed on the Devil's Sp Explicit Lyrics, Special Edition
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|1. - Balsamic and Anathema - 8:02|
|2. - A Thousand Hands on the Maid of Ruin - 6:01|
|3. - Into The Crypt of Rays - 4:13|
|4. - Devil to the Metal - 6:19|
|5. - Courting Baphomet - 5:21|
|6. - The Love of Death (Remix) - 5:13|
|7. - The Death of Love (Demo) - 7:22|
|8. - The 13th Caesar (demo) - 5:30|
|9. - Dirge Inferno (live) - 4:53|
|10. - Dusk and Her Embrace (live) - 5:52|
Explicit Version. Special Edition Two CD set. After eight menacing albums, the kings of black Metal return with their most dastardly tale yet. Chronicling the story of the world's first serial killer, French nobleman and soldier of Joan of Arc, Gilles De Rais. Like they had done with the story of Elizabeth Bathory, Cradle of Filth weave a tale of murder, the occult, and sinister deed around their trademark metal sound. Fueled by breakneck speed, crushing guitars, and haunting vocals- the band has delivered their hardest most aggressive and chilling piece yet. 2008.
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The album itself is classic COF. It's got killer riffs, Dani Filth's goth/black metal inspired vocals that just spew at the listener like poison, and intense speed. A few songs are, dare I say it, catchy.
While this isn't a return to form to the band's early days, it's still very very good, and you'll definitely enjoy it if you're a metal fan of all sub genres of metal. Definitely recommended.
The album treads the same ground as previous releases. Doug Bradley still chants in low tones at sparing intervals, Dani Filth still howls his way through each song, and the musical makeup is all standard issue COF. The album doesn't possess the rapid-fire intensity that made DAMNATION AND A DAY such a rich sonic treat, nor does it take beautiful creative risks like NYMPHETAMINE or THORNOGRAPHY. I'm a bit saddened by this, as those same creative risks were deemed by many COF fans as 'selling out,' despite their wondrous successes. Here, COF seems obsessed with getting back on track, but the track itself is devoid of too many hills or winding turns to be interesting.
Each song chugs along as you'd expect, with no difference in direction. In fact, I listened to the entire album 3 times, straight through, and couldn't pinpoint one song that truly stood out as remarkable. Dani Filth's blood-soaked gothic poetry is still in top form, thankfully. There is truly no better lyricist in metal, PERIOD...but the actual audio delivery is marred by a severe case of extreme metal writer's block. COF were very close to marrying more mainstream elements to vicious extreme metal with THORNOGRAPHY, but their sudden decision to deviate from that lush path has left GOTDT feeling redundant and less than stellar. It is truly the weakest COF album, taking the title away from MIDIAN (which was a great album itself, by the way). COF nutcases will dig it, but listeners desiring something more intense by the band will have to suffer through more of the same.
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best tracks for me are: intro plus shat out of hell, the death of love, the 13th ceasar, tiffauges plus tragic kingdom, honey and sulphur, midnight creatures....and darkness incarnate!
Cradle Of Filth have returned to a sound more reminiscent of their days before becoming "popular" (which should not be seen as a bad thing) and Godspeed is their best effort since Midian, if not better. That's not to say that Damnation And A Day, Nymphetamine and Thornography are bad albums. Quite the opposite, actually. But Godspeed features COF utilizing the best of old and new. Musically, this album sounds more like Cradle of old (without being as brutal or as fast as possible), while Dani has retained the clearer (but rarely clean) vocals of the later releases. No Cradle Of Filth album has grabbed me quite like Vempire did when I first heard the band, though Godspeed and Cruelty And The Beast come close, followed by Midian.
As mentioned, the album tells the tale of Gilles de Rais, a man who served with Joan of Arc and supposedly lived a second life, dabbling in the occult and turning to mass murder later in his life. While Dani may have taken some liberties with the subject matter (as with Erzsébet Báthory on Cruelty And The Beast), Godspeed does a good job at telling the story, including the execution of Joan of Arc in 1431.
Lending his voice to Cradle Of Filth for a fourth time is Doug Bradley, who is best known for playing Pinhead in the Hellraiser movies. I thought his voiceovers were used too much and they seemed to be a bit of a distraction at times. Really, that's the only flaw I can find with Godspeed. Everything else is in its proper place.
As has been commonplace throughout most of Cradle Of Filth's career, not everyone from Thornography is around this time. Also, only four members (Dani, Dave, Paul and Martin) are listed in the liner notes as being full members of the band (and shown in the picture), although Charles and Rosie are also mentioned as the live guitarist and keyboardist respectively. Sarah Jezebel Deva is also featured on the album, though not considered a "core" member.
The second CD offers two more tracks that were recorded during the sessions but had to be cut from the final result due to length, two songs from Harder, Darker, Faster: Thornography Deluxe, a cover song, two demos, a remix (the weakest of the offerings on the bonus CD) and two live tracks. I'm hoping that since this was made available in the beginning, there won't be a re-release of this album within a year or so, an annoying trend in music today.
The Death Of Love
The 13th Caesar (it took a while though - the vocals on the chorus were a putoff for me at first)
Honey And Sulphur
Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt
All said and done, this is an excellent release from Cradle Of Filth, easily one of their better efforts. I'd give it four and a half stars if I could, only because of how I thought Doug Bradley's lines affected the album. However, that's not enough to drop it down to a four because I can't do halves.
Some of the songs themselves are by far the best since the Midian era. Think melding the more metal-oriented keyboards of Damnation and Midian (vs. the atmosphere-oriented keys of old) with the technical songwriting of Thornography. (I still feel that, while different, as a general metal album, Thornography was amazing. Cradle, though? Definitely not).
Gone are the days of the Nymphetamine era, and back in with the way Cradle was meant to be realized (for the most part). If you've heard Dimmu Borgir's latest output, In Sorte Diaboli, consider this album to be similar, but minus the repetitiveness that plagued the aforementioned.
The only true comparison to the Nymphetamine era could be "The Death of Love," which soars above every song on that album except for "Guilded." Without a doubt, as well, it's one of the best songs on the album. It has its hooks, melody, and yes, Sara really hits the spotlight on this song. It's probably one of their only songs in recent years that's really stood out to me ("The Foetus of a New Day Kicking" [prior to it getting and popularity from that. The video is horrible] and "Under Huntress Moon" really come to mind here).
So that said, how can it recover from infectious sound that many fans have recently been dubbing "pop-ish"? You'll hear "Shat Out of Hell" long before "The Death of Love" and you'll know right from there just how vicious the album is. Not only that, but Bradley's cold and remorseless narration really help add to the dark atmosphere of the disc. One notable factor of Bradley's narration is how he begins to slowly sound crueler with each song. Listen closely to his tone of voice and you will see what I mean.
While not nearly Cradle's best (by far, their first 3 albums are so heavily separated from the band's last three that I dare not even compare them) it's still a wonderful breath of fresh air. No doubt it will once more leave fans divided, but in truth, doesn't this happen with all bands? Nothing lasts forever after all. Come what may, Cradle is still alive and kicking.
All said and done, I offer one final word of consolidation for fans and, in the rare event they will, the band: Cradle will never again truly realize their potential until they jump ship with Roadrunner. Until they do, though, I'm at least satisfied that they are at the very least giving it their all with what they have available to them.
Til next time, boys (and girl).