Cradle of Filth – Midian

Midian is the fourth full-length album by Cradle of Filth, and was my first experience with Cradle of Filth. I was unfamiliar with this kind of metal and I immediately fell in love with it. This was my first Cradle of Filth record, and will always be special to me, and not to mention, it’s pretty damn good as well!

The album starts off with a intro instrumental called ” At the Gates of Midian ”. I am usually not a big fan of intros, but I really like this one, it really sets the mood and ends with some haunting keyboards which lead right into the next track, Cthulhu Dawn. Cthulhu Dawn… holy shit on stick, this song is brutal, I fell in love with it right away and is one of my favorite Cradle songs, this song is kicks you right in the face! The riffing is fast, the drumming is even faster and Dani shrieks like on previous records. This song is ( in case you wouldn’t notice ) about H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The following song Saffron’s Curse is a keyboard heavy track which kicks off with keyboards ( duh ) and slow drumming beats accompanied by Dani’s low singing. The song slows down after about 3 minutes and continues to riff towards the end after about a minute. Death Magick For Adepts starts with a cool guitar riff and some cool drum fills. The guitar builds up, only to completely drop off later and after that we get some groovy bass work accompanied by Dani’s screeching and Adrian Erlandsson’s fast paced drumming. The song will really kick off afterwards with some eerie keyboards and cool riffing. This song continues to build up and is very brutal, a very nice track this one.

Aaah, Lord Abortion, another personal favorite this one. It starts off very slow with a terrifyingly brilliant piano part and a spoken intro. The keyboards create a sort of atmosphere during this intro and Dani will show his lower register after about a minute with some grunting action. The song explodes after this and Dani will begin screeching like usual, and does a bloody good job. Lord Abortion has a slow, mellow part in the middle, and it kinda ruins the aggressiveness of the song, but I don’t mind it that much. Next we have Amor E Morte, which is one of my less favorite songs, it’s a bit slower as well. But, this song has something which you won’t find on any other song on Midian, what is that you ask? Well, guitar solos! And the guitar solos are pretty technical as well! I can’t get enough of these crazy guitar solos and they really make this song better. Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors breaks from the music to provide a little interlude. Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors is a eerie instrumental, but nothing that spectacular. Her Ghost in the Fog is the next track, and is without a doubt one of Cradle’s most popular songs, and rightfully so I might add. This track begins with a creepy piano intro, and then some fine riffing follows. And what is that? Yes, that’s a bass you hear after the frantic intro! This song has the only truly memorable ( and audible ) bass on this album! Dani does a fantastic job on this track and Sarah’s operatic vocals only add to this Cradle classic. The breakdown after about 4 minutes is excellent ( the bass returns during this breakdown ) and the song will continue riffing towards the end after the breakdown. Oh and another thing, if you want to laugh, check the official video for this song, I laughed my ass of when I saw it for the first time.

Satanic Mantra is next and this 30 second chant is just pointless in every possible way. Satanic Mantra scores a 10 on the epic failure scale if you ask me. Tearing the Veil From Grace starts of pretty slow with Dani’s deep mumbling followed by a long screech. The song switches to overdrive after his screech and the drums and guitars will blast you away. There are some interesting changes in this song, but it drags for 8 minutes, this song is just way too long. Tortured Soul Asylum is the final track of Midian, and ends the album in a good way. A spoken intro begins this song ( Doug Bradley aka Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies ) and they keyboards enter the scene afterwards. Some sweet guitar riffs come in and the vocals pick up with a steady beat. Dani’s voice is really interesting during this track ( seriously, the sounds he can make with his voice are beyond this world ). The song gets a bit repetitive after a while and the Midi-aaaaaaaaan parts don’t help that much either.

Conclusion – Like I mentioned at the beginning of this review, this was my first introduction to Cradle of Filth, and I was surprised. This isn’t the holy grail ( holy seems a bit out of place while mentioning Cradle… ) of Cradle of Filth’s discography, but it is a very solid record and deserves a listen when your into this kind of metal.

Rating – 84/100

Review by JustinMetal88

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~ by Justin on May 21, 2008.

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