COF’s waftier symphonic tendencies are toned down
What a life, being in Cradle Of Filth. Twenty-odd years ago, you shocked authority figures in small English market towns by manufacturing a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan ‘Jesus Is A Cunt’. Nowadays you’re more likely to organise a children’s birthday party than a black mass, but hey, blasphemous extreme metal still pays the bills. ‘The Manticore…’ tones down COF’s waftier symphonic tendencies in favour of gnarly punk riffing. Silly? Indisputably, although Dani Filth’s theatrical vocals ensure that ‘The Abhorrent’ is every bit as grandiose and ridiculous as a classic Hammer horror.