Nymphetamine, Cradle of Filth, Album Art review

Released 2004 through Roadrunner Records
Album Cover Review – Sarah Clow

Im gonna start off this entirely new section by reviewing the album art for Cradle of Filths Nymphetamine cover. Now, there are two covers in which I am about to describe, and I was lucky enough to get first hand info from both designers about these covers.

Im gonna start off with the original release, it was designed by American artists Matt and Aimee Lombard, who designed the inner sleeve designs as well as the cover.

This cover strikes me as, in some strange way, very beautiful, in that it is almost as if the Vampiress is about to jump into the inferno in front of her, but is looking back to say goodbye to a lover or to rethink this dilemma!

I was lucky enough to receive replying emails from Matt Lombard himself, as I was initially doing an art project for college. He was kind enough to tell me the story behind the artwork and to let me use his information in this ezine!

The story goes that the concept came from the band, though this cover, which features a female in Hell at the edge of a fiery pit, to her left is a Hellhound lunging towards her, was all Lombards vision. The band concept, however, did not make it to the shelves. His idea was of Bacchus, with Nymphs vying for his attentions. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus (from Greek mythology), and his divine mission, is linked with a possible relationship to the cult of the souls and his ability to preside over communication between the living and the dead.

Artist John Coulthart, who was also kind enough to email me information on his design, designed the cover of the re-released special edition of the album. I find this design to be simplistic, yet intricate. The design came as a result of the band asking for something decorative that would be in contrast with the booklet. The final design was created in Adobe Illustrator as a black graphic, it was printed in bronze foil on black.

The name Nymphetamine is the words nymphomaniac and amphetamine blended together to form one word.

Dani Filth says the title track refers to a drug like like addiction to the woman in question, with Vampyre qualities, bringing her lover back from the brink of the spiritual grave, only to bury him deeper. The album is written in the style of Edgar Allan Poes works, leaving you thinking that despite the characters inner agonies, he is really a sucker for punishment who readily enjoys the terrible highs and lows of his relationship with the alluring and filthy, depreciative Succubus.

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