CRADLE OF FILTH

(UNITED KINGDOM)

NYMPHETAMINE

(2004)
LABEL:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS

GENRE:

BLACK METAL

TAGS:
Female vocals, Growl, Melancholic, Opera-Rock
"Without having the intense freshness of the debut, "Nymphetamine" makes us forget the previous incident and allows Cradle Of Filth to return among the elite of the genre."
NOISE (11.02.2013)  
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After 10 years of career, Cradle Of Filth is at a crossroads. Their previous album, 'Damnation And A Day', was not the artistic success they had hoped for and they left Sony for Roadrunner, which was more in keeping with their status and musical style. But the band has not said its last word. By basing the stories of "Nymphetamine" on vampires, sex and lust, Cradle Of Filth rediscover the dark and gothic romanticism that is their strength. The strong refrains, as well as the striking riffs and solos, are back and serve marvellously excellent songs which mix perfectly Symphonic Black Metal, Heavy and Thrash.

"Nymphetamine" starts with 'Gilded Cunt', a short, nervous and powerful Black Metal track, and better than almost all the tracks on "Damnation And A Day". 'Nemesis', 'Gabrielle' and 'Absinthe With Faust' are Heavy tracks with effective choruses and inspired music. Cradle Of Filth has rediscovered the sense of melody that made its charm, as well as the beautiful balance between screamed and deep vocals and spoken passages, all of which are essential elements of the songs. It reaches the sublime with "Nymphetamine (Overdose)", a nugget of symphonic and epic Black Metal that takes advantage of Liv Kristine's crystalline vocals (Theatre Of Tragedy, Leave's Eyes) to develop its dark atmospheres mixing serenity and anxiety.

After a short transition, the second part of "Nymphetamine" is just as interesting. From the very violent 'Medusa And Hemlock' to the catchy 'Filthy Little Secret' and 'English Fire', the quality remains high. 'English Fire' is an excellent track with its piano parts giving a very catchy symphonic atmosphere and 'Filthy Little Secret' is close to Iron Maiden 80's Metal. Finally, 'Mother Of Abominations' and 'Swansong For A Raven' stand out as two long and convoluted tracks, successfully mixing raw violence, purely symphonic passages and atmospheric breaks.

Without having the intense freshness of the debut, 'Nymphetamine' allows Cradle Of Filth to return to the elite of the genre.  The album is a small miracle as it seemed unlikely that the band would recover from their recent failure. All that's left is to confirm this renewed form to regain the aura that was theirs a few years ago...
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Satyriasis (01:42)
02. Gilded Cunt (04:08)
03. Nemesis (07:18)
04. Gabrielle (05:27)
05. Absinthe With Faust (05:14)
06. Nymphetamine (Overdose) (09:14)
07. Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palet 01:57
08. Medusa And Hemlock (04:44)
09. Coffin Fodder (05:17)
10. English Fire (04:45)
11. Filthy Little Secret (06:16)
12. Swansong For A Raven (07:09)
13. Mother Of Abominations (07:33)
14. Nymphetamine Fix (05:02)

LINEUP:
Adrian Erlandsson: Batterie
Dani Filth: Chant
Dave Pybus: Basse
James McIlroy : Guitares
Liv Kristine: Chant
Martin Powell: Guitares
Paul Allender: Guitares
Sarah Jezebel Deva: Chant
   
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