It seems like time has flown by as our favorite British vampires are now on album number ten. Despite changing interest levels from metal fans as a whole, CRADLE continue to carry on and they’ve made one hell of an album in The Manticore and Other Horrors.
The album carries virtually all of CRADLE’s hallmarks but with more of a focus on just playing full on metal. Female vocals, long gothic interludes, and the dramatics do not play as prominent a role this time around. But the most important characteristics of The Manticore and Other Horrors are memorable songs and seamless quality. The action never slows down to a crawl and the band keeps the song teeming with life.
Throughout The Manticore and Other Horrors, the band reach the upper limits of their talents and produce sheer greatness. Great riffs, excellent drumming, and magic moments are all over the album. With 11 total songs, there is more than enough content to thoroughly enjoy.
CRADLE OF FILTH prove why the pioneers of any genre of music die hard. (Nuclear Blast Records)