The newest album from cradle of filth is a lot heavier than the previous 3 albums and sounds alot like the classic 3 albums combined (dusk and her embrace, cruelty and the beast, and midian) although I like the newer albums I do like the return to the older style. Plus on the vinyl release, the two tracks that were cut from standard cd release, although they are the first two tracks on disc 2 of the special edition, are sqeeuzed in standard tracklist (between 10 and 11, and 11 and 12) making me wonder if they were intended to be on the album. Anyway I recommend this album for the hardcore cradle fan that is into the older albums and not the newer ones. Not sure if will be liked by the newer fans though.
After 8 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.
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Let me say that Cradle Of Filth do not make BAD albums. Some are good and some are great, but their last release, “Thornography”, left a bad taste in a lot of fans’ mouths. As with a lot of great bands, they all experience an album that sounds like they’re just going through the motions, and “Thornography” sounded like that. But with “Godspeed”, COF doesn’t leave it in cruise control, they keep the foot on the gas throughout. I hadn’t heard brutally fast tracks like this since “Midian”. It seems Dani Filth is in his element when he focuses on one subject matter like my favorite COF release, “Cruelty and the Beast” or the underrated “Damnation and a Day”. “Godspeed” is a solid chapter in the Book of Cradle.
I have always been a fan of CoF. While many would argue that the last few albums weren’t really ‘extreme metal’ in any way, the musicianship and quality of writing were impressive. I still listen to those albums (Thornography and Nymphetamine), but nothing quite compares to the sound of Midian and Cruelty. Midian was their last album that retained the brutality of the ‘old Cradle’. However, I truly think Damnation and a Day is a hidden gem. Some amazing songs on there.
Godspeed is a mix of Damnation and Midian in many ways. It has the symphonic qualities of Midian and the “punchiness” of Damnation. I would be the first to admit that Gian and Stuart had a LOT to do with the sound and progression of the golden years. Paul has obviously taken on a more bombastic sound (lots of thrashy fillers, major chord progressions, not quite as dark or sinister as the old school albums; Nymphetamine and Thorn. rely on the vocals to be brutal). Paul knows how to write, and I think he believes this is the new CoF – an evolved version of the past. From all the interviews on blabbermouth, it seems like he’s excited about playing fast again but in this new direction.
Godspeed has a crushing sound – the guitars are layered well and the drums are awesome. No offense to Adrian, but the new guy shreds. Dani continues to write amazing lyrics. This is a great album – DO YOUR PART AND BUY IT – support these guys – they have spent a considerable amount of time writing such amazing music.
The best track has to be Tragic Kingdom. Listen to it more than once – all the classic elements of CoF are there, but in a totally new setting. The new sound and approach takes a little getting used to, but you soon realize that every song has a lot to offer. CoF did this album for the fans. Now my only question is – what’s it going to take to get Gian back on the roster???
I liked Thornagraphy as I like All Cradle Of Filth records. However, this album really made me happy….I think this may be one of the top three best COF albums yet. Super fast, ultra gothic, and hard hitting black metal that is 100% adrenaline. Buy this!!!
What a disc. That’s my first reaction to Godspeed. The thing with it that makes it so good, so interesting is that this is, in my opinion, Cradle’s very first TRUE concept album, with narration from Doug Bradley on almost every song (Tragic Kingdom doesn’t feature any, but as the song is a virtual continuation of Tiffauges, this makes no difference to me). Damnation may fit this bell as well, but I feel this album more fully realizes that objective.
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).