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Cradle of Filth, Evermore Darkly
Nuclear Blast Records, Oct. 18

11/17/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The other week, all the adults wanted to watch NFL Sunday, but since my 3-year-old nephew was tired of yelling and spazzing, Sesame Street was on instead. At one point, the Cookie Monster did a bit in which he promised to serenade his cookie instead of eat it, so there he was, fritzing out and drooling like Lindsay Lohan in the Breaking Bad manufacturing plant, doing an ad hoc Beethoven’s Fifth (“LA-LA-LA-LAAA!”), “Rubber Ducky,” anything to delay the inevitable crazed crumb-spraying. Unlike their peers, this British black-metal bunch doesn’t use Cookie Monster vocals, probably because they don’t like being labeled black-metal, but they totally cannot resist cookies, if by “cookies” you mean goopy slabs of drunken-pirate bellowing, nails-on-chalkboard math-rock riffs, Kittie-esque female banshee-shrieks, and repetitive punkish death-metal. This remix EP/unreleased-single emergency-holiday-release finds our heroes trying their hands at trance in a re-futzing of “Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned),” resulting in the chick vocalist sounding exactly like Eva Gabor on the Green Acres theme song, but the best part is “Summer Dying Fast,” a pomp-rock thing with random classical/operas bits and pieces, sort of a “LA-LA-LA-LAAAAA” nod to O Fortuna, i.e. just a small hiccup before we get back to the business of meathead-metal cookie-gobbling. Whatever for, you ask? I do not know. B- —Eric W. Saeger






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