British heavy metal heretics Cradle of Filth will release their next album on September 22. Band leader Dani Filth has said that this album, titled Cryptoriana — The Seductiveness of Decay, will draw heavily from the aesthetics of Victorian horror—
Mentioning that a Cradle of Filth album will bear a Victorian horror influence is kind of like saying that it will also feature electric guitars and Filth’s high-pitched shrieks. It just goes with this band’s territory.
I realize that Cradle of Filth isn’t for everyone, and it’s fashionable to dump on them in some quarters. But shock value aside, I like some of their albums, with Cruelty and the Beast being a particular favorite.
One of my mantras is “classic horror doesn’t mean ‘quaint’ horror,” and Cradle of Filth has long embodied that attitude. They explore the dark undercurrents running through imagery that we horror fans may feel overly familiar with.
Artūrs Bērziņš’ cover art for Cryptoriana has been unveiled, but I’ll hide the larger image behind the jump since it’s NSFW. Hey, I’m conscientious. To a degree.