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In my opinion, this is one of Cradle of Filth's greatest works. Some people dismiss it as failing to recapture old Cradle, but in my opinion, I though it showed the band had taken a new step forward and I thoroughly enjoyed this album. The opening track, Gilded C**t , with awesome drumming. Nemesis and Gabrielle are also really good tracks, and both Nymphetamine (Overdose) and (Fix) are realy good and provide a slow, melodic, epic and dark love song to the album to give it real depth. Most of the other songs are very good, Mother of Abominations and Filthy Little Secret being my favourites. The special edition, which has covers such as Mr Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne and Devil Woman by Cliff Richard (don't let that put you off, it's very good), are good, but not really necessary. The album itself is much better than the other CD, which is expected.
Being in a band, and as a general music fan, I seem to like most genre's - Rap, Rock, Metal, Easy Listening... it all does it for me. But before I get into this review, I have to admit that i'm generally not a fan of 'black metal' - a genre that Cradle of Filth neatly fits into. (Actually, Cradle has a slightly cleaner and easier listening sound than black-metal, so lets just say 'Extreme-Rock').
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with this style of music, it's just that I find the whole ethos of hardcore vampyric rock quite amusing. In fact, I don't know how seriously Cradle of Filth take themselves, as when I went to see them in Portsmouth a few years back, the show was hilarous. "All the way from the AIDS ridden streets of Ipswich..." was the bands intro.
Seeing as it's Halloween i've decided to review 'Nymphetamine', Cradle of Filth's sixth studio album, which I purchased as a bit of research before I saw them live.
There are some decent tracks on the album, which opens with
"Satyriasis" - a series of eerie chants which are probably summoning the Devil or something equally daft.
Another noteworthy number is the ridiculously titled "Gilded C***", which is a good track, although it's not one to play in front of the elderly - in fact none of the tracks on this album are! There's a great guitar riff which is very catchy, and some ridiculously heavy drumming.
"Nemesis" is a bit of an epic at over seven minutes in length - It opens slowly, and picks up to a steady pace by the middle. It's again entertaining stuff, and a decent listen.
The rest of the album features many quirkily titled tracks including "Coffin Fodder", "Absinthe With Faust", and "Mother of Abominations".
Overall, 'Nymphetamine' is a pretty decent album, which served as an introduction to black metal for me. If you don't take it too seriously, it can be very entertaining, but it does features some great music and exciting guitar riffs. The album was nominated in 2005 for a grammy in the 'best metal performance' category, and deservedly so.
I'm awarding Nymphetamine three stars, not because I don't like it, but because it's not a genre I can fully relate to.
P.s, check out Cradle's cover version of 'Temptation' if you want a safe and entertaining - but fairly lame intro into the bands sound.
Billed as a return to form after the orchestral 'Damnation and a Day' went a little too far, 'Nymphetamine' fails to recapture the glory of Cradle of Filth's early career in any way, resulting in another generic mainstream metal release from Roadrunner Records. It's clear that the band went for a more stripped and simplistic sound here, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but sadly their creative abilities aren't enough to keep it from sounding bland and mostly tedious, its greatest crime being a complete lack of the atmosphere that the band used to create so well.
Some of the songs are catchy, such as the chorus of 'Gilded C**t' and the title song itself, but the others feel lacking in direction, with cheap Iron Maiden imitation lead guitars from newcomer James McKillboy and disappointing keyboards from the formerly impressive Martin Powell. Conflicting with the band's stripped-down intentions, many songs are simply too long, and attempts to recapture the gothic heights of older songs such as 'A Gothic Romance' with 'Gabrielle' and others only draw attention to the lack of atmosphere and conviction.
1. Satyriasis (Intro)
2. Gilded C**t
5. Absinthe with Faust
6. Nymphetamine (Overdose)
7. Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette
8. Medusa and Hemlock
9. Coffin Fodder
10. English Fire
11. Filthy Little Secret
12. Swansong for a Raven
13. Mother of Abominations
14. Nymphetamine (Fix)
Well...I got this cd last year and I love it!!!Everything is just great in his album:guitars, bass, drums and vocals - Dani Filth is one of the greatest metal singers in existence!!
Musically "Nymphetamine" is very good. You would think that with all of the songs being so long that they would have boring repetitive parts, but strangely enough, they dont. Most songs have a ton of variety to them even though they stay within the same sound for the most part.
With a diverse mix of brutal melody, unrelenting and piercing nailbomb vocals, Nymphetamine not only proves Cradle of Filths worthiness of metal royalty, but forever cements them like a towering tombstone as the most superlative and malicious master of ruthless malevolence and the blackest of metal.And ...ahhh..."Gilded Cunt"!!- this is one of the best songs Cradle Of Filth has ever written.
Old Cradle fans may feel a little let down, and this is expected. But I feel that the band thought outside the box here and broadened their horizons to something new and unique.
I think that "Nymphetamine" it's really good cd. I love it,so maybe you will love it too...
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Satyriasis (Intro)
2 Gilded Cunt
5 Absinthe With Faust
6 Nymphetamine (Overdose)
7 Painting Flowers White Never Suited My Palette (Instrumental)
8 Medusa And Hemlock
9 Coffin Fodder
10 English Fire
11 Filthy Little Secret
12 Swansong For A Raven
13 Mother Of Abominations