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Artist:

Cradle of Filth

Album:

Thornography

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: Roadrunner
Genre: [Symphonic Black Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.5


Cradle of Filth's latest opus Thornography delivers quite a dosage of tasteful melodies and entrancing atmospheres. Thrashy & simple riffage in the vein of Megadeth and the like pave the way for Dani's distinctive vocals. Musically CoF continues to orient towards more commercial music, making their black metal accessible even for the masses. However, simplicity is also the downside of this record as the material loses some of its shimmer in the long run.

Quite surprisingly Thornography features Ville Valo as a guest vocalist on one track, but his appearance is fairly minimalistic as he only sings backing vocals. Over and above, Dirty Harry appears on the album closer "Temptation", which is a Heaven 17 cover. The material on this record is rather solid and evocative. Andy Sneap handled his job well behind the mixing console as the production sounds really good. Overall, Thornography is a good atmospheric black metal record that should appeal to both new and old fans of the group.

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- MAGE (February 20th, 2007)



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LINE-UP:
Filth, Dani 'Harlot Church': The Poison in the Front
Allender, Paul: Guitarsenic and Black Lace
Heger, Charles 'Molester': The Beast with Five Fingers
Pybus, David: Deep Vein Thrombassist
Erlandsson, Adrian: Baton Rouge

with
Newby, Mark: Keyboards
Jon, Christopher: Additional Keys and Noise Terrorism
Rehn, Chris: Under Pregnant Skies... Overture
Deva, Sarah Jezebel: Diana's Lustrous Voice
Bradley, Doug: Thespian Narrative
Valo, Ville: His Infernal Majesty on 'The Byronic Man'
Dirty Harry: Lead Female Vocals on 'Temptation'

Choir of the Damned:
Prentice, Aric  Halliday, Keith  Jenkins, Charlie
Johnston, Moira  Nixon, Ruth  Mitchell, Chris
Line, Rachel  Harrison, William  Allen, Sophie
Adamson, Laela
Producer: Caggiano, Rob
Mixing by: Sneap, Andy
Mastering by: Sneap, Andy
TRACKLIST:
Cradle of Filth - Thornography  CD  Cover Image
01. Under Pregnant Skies She Comes
    Alive Like Miss Leviathan
02. Dirge Inferno
03. Tonight in Flames
04. Libertina Grimm
05. The Byronic Man
06. I Am the Thorn
07. Cemetery and Sundown
08. Lovesick for Mina
09. The Foetus of a New Day Kicking
10. Rise of the Pentagram
11. Under Huntress Moon
12. Temptation

Length: 64:42
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