Almost a year ago Cradle of Filth put out their eighth studio album "Godspeed on the Devils Thunder", a concept record about the infamous and creepy life of Gilles de Rais arguably one of the first and most prolific serial killers. This has to be one of Filth's most theatric and symphonic albums, which if you are familiar with their work means a great deal. I spent a good chunk of my weekend with this album and while it left me satisfied I found it to be too much of the same thing to validate the 71 minutes of music and vignettes this CD occupies.
Suffox band, Cradle of Filth has been making their somewhat controversial mix of symphonic death metal since 1991, totaling thus far Eight studio albums, numerous demos and tours and even a horror movie. So I don't mind saying that as long as this band has been recording its surprising to see them ever progressing and coming up with fresh material.
I would like to see one of these new "-core" acts write more than the two album maximum that seems to be industry standard. While this album is not as memorable to me as say, 2004's "Nymphetamine", it falls just short of being as forgettable as 2006's Thornography. I will say one thing about Thornography though, it boasted an amazing duet between Dani Filth and HIM vocalist Ville Valo, something I hoped to see more of on "Godspeed". Overall, go and get this album if you are a Filth fan you will not be dissappointed but if you are not, I recommend starting with "Nymphetamine", although I am sure I will catch shit from the "die hards" about that suggestion.