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Cradle of Filth
Nyphetamine (Roadrunner Records)

By: Mike SOS

The morbid metal offerings of Cradle of Filth have never sounded so accessible than on the stalwart outfit's latest release. But don't blame Dani Filth and company, as the trademark gloom and doom that pervades the band's catalog is still prevalent on the 14-track Nyphetamine. Only this time around, the boys have stacked its operatic modus operandi with a bit more American metal approach, making songs like the title track skull crushing and luxurious, while allowing the galloping guitars of "Coffin Fodder" to emulate its best '80s metal pose while Filth yowls in the background. This may be the outfit's most complete album to date, as it craftily welcomes new influences without leaving the Goth and black metal influences the band is steeped in behind. When it comes to this style of metal, there are many bands that keep their heads down and keep banging out the same old savagery. Thankfully, Cradle of Filth isn't one of them, as Nyphetamine keeps one eye on the grave and another at the scene and in turn, makes an epic metal album.
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