Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, by Mike Calder

In some ways it is always hard to review CoF albums. This is often due to their ever changing line-ups and the different influences each member brings to the band. However, one thing that never changes is the imagery Cradle create with each album.

Love them or hate them, you can never dispute the true feeling of the macabre captured in each album they release and Darkly Darkly is no exception. Straight from the off is the standard Cradle operatic and instrumental opening, quickly replaced by shredding guitars and Dani’s gut wrenching vocals that have become the true signature of this band. Throughout the album the bands penchant for the dramatic and dark narrative never fail to impress and neither do their formidable musicianship.

A true tour de force of what Cradle can achieve when they put their minds to it and a great step beyond some of their more mainstream sounding releases of late.