Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Music
cover art

Cradle of Filth

Midian

(Music for Nations; US: 31 Oct 2000; UK: 30 Oct 2000)

The kind of quality one expects from a new Cradle of Filth record is constantly being upped with each successive release. With Midian, Dani Filth and company have concocted a witches’ brew of classy satanic imagery, the undead, killer guitar licks, guttural vocals, high-pitched screams, and spooky organ that rises and falls throughout tracks like the Coney Island Cyclone on vomit. No one should arrive at the gates of Hell without a few Cradle jams on the old Walkman, and with songs like “Cthulu Dawn”, “Death Magick for Adepts”, and “Lord Abortion”, you’ll be sure to have the coolest mix tape in Hades.


Purists may scoff at Cradle of Filth, crying “sell out” and cringing when they see CoF videos on Total Request Live, but the simple fact remains that band is incredibly talented, tight, and proficient. Ranking among the best groups of this genre, which includes such lofty comrades as Emperor, Mayhem, and lest we not forget Abruptum, the devilish Swedish duo that is home to It, the black metal midget too evil to have a human name, Cradle of Filth continue the evilution of black metal past corpse paint and church burnings.

Tagged as: cradle of filth
Related Articles
17 Jan 2013
The Manticore and Other Horrors is a fantastic return to form that gives the band its credibility back, and certifies that Cradle of Filth deserve to be classed as a British extreme metal institution.
23 Nov 2010
In a genre filled with imitation and insincerity, Cradle of Filth is still defying trends, bucking standards, and blazing its own influential path, never more so than on this breathtaking album.
30 Oct 2008
Sex, Satan, murder. Yep, it's another Cradle of Filth album.
Comments
Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
PopMatters' LUCY Giveaway! in PopMatters's Hangs on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.