Evermore Darkly is the newest release by Cradle of Filth and "filth" aptly describes this album. Those familiar with COF know that they are a black metal band known for the conceptual albums and creepy, ethereal vocals. This album departs very far from those roots and is by far one of the worst offerings I have heard from the band in a while.
The vocals on the album are most times a spoken word feel and when the screams and shrieks come in they sound forced, almost as if singer Dani Filth's voice doesn't want to do them anymore. Then there is an actual attempt at singing on tracks "Thank Your Lucky Scars" and "The Persecution Song". Then there are the odd songs "Forgive Me Father (I'm In a Trance)" and "Summer Dying Fast". The prior is just what it says, a song you would hear if you went to a rave. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all about trying new things and trying to advance the growth as an artist, but this is almost too much in my opinion. As for "Summer Dying Fast" it sounds like a cheer written for a heavy metal cheerleading squad.
The music on the album is somewhat typical Cradle, with the exception of the aforementioned tracks, bombastic classical pieces and very melodic guitars. If the vocals matched the music a little better this wouldn't be too bad. But as it is, this is one of the biggest wastes of my time as far as this band is concerned. So, fellow metal heads unless you are a die hard fan of this band, don't even waste your time on this one. Save your money for better things.
About this Writer: Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.
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