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Cradle Of Filth - Midian

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MB Rating: 6.5
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User Rating: 7.7
[224 Vote(s)]
At The Gates Of Midian
Cthulhu Dawn
Saffron's Curse
Death Magick For Adepts
Lord Abortion
Amor E Morte
Creatures That Kissed In Cold Mirrors
Her Ghost In The Fog
Satanic Mantra
Tearing The Veil From Grace
Tortured Soul Asylum

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2000
Label: Music For Nations
Categories: Black, Gothic
7.7 out of 10 / 224 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Jack on 9/30/2001
After one of the most promising introductions I’ve ever heard, in ‘At the Gates of Midian’, in a black metal record I was really getting quite exciting, had Cradle of Filth suddenly become an awesome prospect in the metal world?? My questions were certainly answered comprehensively when ‘Cthulhu Dawn’ broke into chorus. ‘Cthulhu Dawn’ certainly had a lot to live up to in ‘At the Gates of Midian’ and unfortunately did not live up to them at all. And five tracks after ‘Cthulhu Dawn’ things were certainly looking bleak for “Midian”.

Finally and thankfully track number eight kicks in, ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’, is upon us and rewards one for persevering through six tracks of utter crap, with a spellbinding masterpiece. ‘Her Ghost in the Fog’ may well be one of Cradle of Filth’s most definitive moments musically. Dani’s vocals in conjunction with guest female vocalist, Sarah Jezebel Deva, are pure harmony and art in dark music. It is, for this track alone, that Cradle of Filth should employ her as the seventh member of their dark brethren. Sarah would add so much more diversity to a band that I feel is becoming tired and obsolete.

The musical input on “Midian” is very similar to Cradle of Filth’s last output, in “Cruelty and the Beast”, the normal over-the-top theatrical horror musings on the keyboards are readily heard through every song on “Midian” as was the case with “Cruelty and the Beast”. Those quality but uninspiring guitar riffs are heard consistently through “Midian” too. Nick Barker shifted camps to Dimmu Borgir for “Midian” and as a result, Cradle of Filth’s solid and illustrious drumming techniques heard through four albums will now become a closed chapter.

Bottom Line: If one enjoyed “Cruelty and the Beast” one will then tend to find solace within “Midian’s” dark shores of agony and pain. But if one did not find their solace within “Cruelty and the Beast”, then one had best seek their solace in different metal worlds.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10