British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH will release their tenth studio album, “The Manticore And Other Horrors”, in North America on October 30 via Nuclear Blast Records.
In a new blog entry on the band’s web site, CRADLE OF FILTH frontman Dani “Filth” Davey states about the new CD, “I can truly say that ‘The Manticore And Other Horrors’ sounds fucking awesome, a real noticeable twist in tone but all the better for it. It’s ornate, taut, punk and aggressive, but very much the neo-classical whore of yore, spitting raw bloody fury through the maw of the majestic. But I would say that; I’ve had a firm hand in its oily whelping!”
Recorded in eight weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins), Suffolk, “The Manticore And Other Horrors” is a testament to the longevity of the ‘FILTH, as not only does it reek of CRADLE‘s (feared or revered) brand of delicious metal vamperotica, but this thoroughly modern album places the band firmly in fresh killing fields anew.
“The Manticore And Other Horrors” itself possesses an altogether new atmosphere for the band, incorporating a heavier, faster NWOBBM punk vibe that is both current and cruel, blended with ornate orchestration and the quirky immediateness of 2000’s “Midian” opus.
The album’s title can be likened to a bestiary, a collection of stories on monsters – personal demons, Chimeras, literary fiends and world-enslaving entities to blame but a few. “Manticore”, the ravening title track, is a song about a beautiful mythological horror that comes to be feared as the disfigurehead of foreign occupation in the Indian provinces.
The songs “Illicitus” and “Pallid Reflection” bear the sweet ingredients of vampirism and lycanthropy; the wicked “For Your Vulgar Delectation” and “Frost On Her Pillow” are woven perversely into grim fairy tales, whilst classic, monumental tracks like “The Abhorrent And Siding With The Titans” both extol tentacular Lovecraftian values.
CRADLE OF FILTH is:
Dani Filth – Vocals
Paul Allender – Guitar
James McIlroy – Guitar
David Pybus – Bass
Martin Skaroupka – Drums