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Label: Nuclear Blast
Cat #: NB38050
Artist: Cradle of Filth
Product Type: CD Jewel case sealed
A monstrous tour-de-force of utterly distinctive but reassuringly destructive heavy fucking metal, laced with spectral disquiet but delivered with muscular aplomb, Cryptoriana was conceived during the summer of 2016 as Cradle Of Filth convened in Ashok and Škaroupka’s native Czech Republic, before being meticulously pieced together by the band and now long-time producer Scott Atkins back in the UK during the first half of 2017.
From the exhilarating melodrama of opening two-fisted salvo 'Exquisite Torments Await' and 'Heartbreak And Seance' onwards, the twelfth Cradle album manifestly represents yet another wild expansion of the band’s sonic manifesto across nine epic and elaborate new anti-hymns and, as Dani mentions, a fervent blast through Canadian thrash legends Annihilator’s ageless 'Alison Hell'. From 'Achingly Beautiful'’s synapse-scorching holocaust of the heart to the flesh-ripping, thrash-driven grandeur of 'Wester, Vespertine' and the pitch-black lysergic gargoyle attack of 'You Will Know The Lion By His Claw', Cryptoriana is simply the most musically and visually startling record in Cradles’s history; one that grittily upholds the band’s tradition of conjuring warped narratives that linger long in the memory.
Recommended if you like: Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Rotting Christ, Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, My Dying Bride, Arch Enemy, Behemoth
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