Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
|Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder|
|Studio album by Cradle of Filth|
|Released||27 October 2008|
|Recorded||March–July 2008 at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England|
|Cradle of Filth chronology|
|Singles from Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder|
Special Edition cover
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder (subtitled The Life and Crimes of Gilles de Rais) is the eighth studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 27 October 2008, through Roadrunner Records.
It is Cradle of Filth's first album as a four-piece, rather than its usual six-man staple. It is also the last album to feature backing vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva (although she briefly returned for Midnight in the Labyrinth) and the first to feature drummer Martin Škaroupka, replacing Adrian Erlandsson. Once again, Doug Bradley provides narration for the album (as with Midian, Nymphetamine and Thornography). The title of the album derives from a valediction vocalist Dani Filth once used to sign a letter.
Recording and production
The band's official message boards recently revealed parts of an interview with guitarist Paul Allender, conducted by MédiaMatinQuébec: "We already have four new songs ready and I have to say that they are... much faster than the songs on Thornography. [They] sound like old Cradle of Filth... A mixture of Midian and Dusk...." The interview goes on to state that the album will be followed by a European and American tour. Dani Filth has described the album as, "our most extreme, dramatic and deeply disturbing album to date. The legend of Gilles de Rais has been given fresh, vampyrical life in this conceptual meisterwerk, swathed in pitch-black magic and a viciousness unsurpassed in the annals of Cradle history. Screw what our detractors say, everyone who has heard this album has bruised their jaws on the pentagram-bejewelled floor."
In an interview with Blistering magazine, Filth revealed that three additional songs were recorded during the album sessions, among them an instrumental piece and a cover of Celtic Frost's "Into the Crypts of Rays". On the topic of their absence from the album, Filth has stated that they "were taken out so that the album wasn't too long. They'll turn up somewhere." They were ultimately included on the special edition.
In an interview published in February 2009, Dani talked about Gilles de Rais, and how his story manifests on Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder:
|“||After Joan of Arc's death, he slid into a life of debauchery, which ended up with him trying to reclaim his fortune through alchemy and witchcraft. This led him to murder and kidnapping. He was eventually arrested by the Catholic Church and tried. It's a great gothic sort of fairytale story, because he's a very pious man at the beginning, turns extremely evil... The story runs concurrently throughout the album, it's not just vague ideas orbiting a main satellite. It's a story, and the narrative is actually taken from trial transcripts that were taken down in secular court at the time of his judgment.||”|
The track "Tragic Kingdom", was made available for free download by Roadrunner Records on 27 August 2008. 30-second samples of each track on the album were made available on amazon.de on 27 September. The track "Honey and Sulphur" was the album's first single, and has been made available for purchase on the iTunes Store. A music video for the song was filmed at the Chislehurst Caves of Kent. In addition, "Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life" is available for streaming on the band's official website. A video for "The Death of Love" was released on 31 July 2009. Andy Sneap has mixed a new version of the song for the video.
|1.||"In Grandeur and Frankincense Devilment Stirs"||2:27|
|2.||"Shat Out of Hell"||5:03|
|3.||"The Death of Love"||7:13|
|4.||"The 13th Caesar"||5:35|
|8.||"Honey and Sulphur"||5:37|
|9.||"Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life"||8:58|
|11.||"Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt"||4:58|
|12.||"Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder"||5:36|
|Limited Edition bonus disc|
|1.||"Balsamic and Anathema"||6:05|
|2.||"A Thousand Hands on the Maid of Ruin"||8:04|
|3.||"Into the Crypt of Rays" (Celtic Frost cover)||4:10|
|4.||"Devil to the Metal"||6:17|
|6.||"The Love of Death (Remix)"||5:13|
|7.||"The Death of Love (Demo)"||7:16|
|8.||"The 13th Caesar (Demo)"||5:27|
|9.||"Dirge Inferno (Live)"||6:45|
|10.||"Dusk and Her Embrace (Live)"||5:46|
|Lords of Metal|||
- "...Grandiose, epic but still feral... eclipses the relatively weak Thornography... mixes scorching dynamics, atmosphere and overblown theatrics..." (Paul Travers, Kerrang! issue 1223, 25 October 2008)
- "...Ticks all the band's usual boxes, while also boasting genuine narrative depth and real emotional resonance... Cradle's heaviest album yet and their strongest set of songs..." (Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer, November 2008)
- "...A much more cohesive, consistent and convincing album than Cradle have made for ages... Too samey to justify 71 minutes, but ultimately this is cracking..." (Chris Chantler, Terrorizer issue 177, December 2008)
Cradle of Filth
- Mark Newby-Robson – keyboards
- Carolyn Gretton – lead female vocals
- Sarah Jezebel Deva – spoken voice, harmonies
- Stephen Svanholm – baritone voice
- Doug Bradley – lead narration
- Luna Scarlett Davey – narration
- Elissa Devins
- Julie Devins
- Leanne Harrison
- Carolyn Gretton
- Tonya Kay
- Rachel Marshall-Clarke
- Liz Willgoose
- Laura Willgoose
- Andy Sneap – production, audio engineering, mixing, mastering
- Doug Cook – production, engineering
- Scott Atkins – engineering
- David Ho – album artwork
- Travis Smith
- Daragh McDonagh – sleeve photography
- Eternal Spirits – costumes in sleeve photography
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- Amazon.de: Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
- "Behind the scenes of "Honey and Sulphur"". MySpace. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- "Official home of Slipknot, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Lenny Kravitz, Young the Giant, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trivium, Megadeth, Dream Theater, and all the best in rock, hard rock, and metal.". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Blog Archive » Cradle of Filth Video Exclusive". Metal Hammer. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Cradle of Filth Reveal New Video Plus Go Behind The Scenes – Roadrunner Records Uk". Roadrunnerrecords.co.uk. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder at AllMusic
- Blistering review
- ChartAttack review
- IGN review
- Lords of Metal review
- Music Emissions review
- PopMatters review
- Thrash Hits review