Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder

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Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Cover art by David Ho
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 27 October 2008
Recorded Backstage Studios, Derbyshire, England, March–July 2008
Genre Extreme metal
Length 71:22
Label Roadrunner
Producer Andy Sneap, Doug Cook and Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth chronology
Thornography
(2006)
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
(2008)
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
(2010)
Singles from Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
  1. "Honey and Sulphur"
    Released: 2008
  2. "The Death of Love"
    Released: 2009
Alternate cover
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 the band's third concept album, after Cruelty and the Beast (1998) and Midian (2000), dealing with the life of the 15th Century French character Gilles de Rais.

Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder 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 in 2012) 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.[1]

Recording and production[edit]

The album was produced by Sabbat guitarist Andy Sneap, who had previously worked with Cradle of Filth while mixing the band's 2006 album, Thornography.

The band's official message boards recently revealed parts of an interview with guitarist Paul Allender, conducted by Média Matin Québec: "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."[2]

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".[1] 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."[1] They were ultimately included on the special edition.

Concept[edit]

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:

Promotion and release[edit]

On 21 July 2008, the band revealed the title and track listing of the new album.[4] The track "Tragic Kingdom", was made available for free download by Roadrunner Records on 27 August 2008,[5] while 30-second samples of each track on the album were made available on Amazon.de on 27 September.[6] 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.[7][8] In addition, "Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life" was available for streaming on the band's official website.[9] A video for "The Death of Love" was released on 31 July 2009.[10] Andy Sneap has mixed a new version of the song for the video.

A special edition containing a bonus disc was also released.[11] The album peaked at number 48 on the Billboard 200 chart,[12] with sales of a little over 11,000 copies.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[14]
Blistering 8/10 stars[15]
ChartAttack (mixed)[16]
IGN (7.2/10)[17]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[18]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[19]
Terrorizer 8/10 stars[20]
Chronicles of Chaos (7/10)[21]
Metal Storm 9/10 stars[22]
Blabbermouth.net 8/10 stars[23]
  • "...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)

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dani Filth, all music composed by Paul Allender, Mark Newby-Robson and Cradle of Filth, except where indicated.

No. Title Length
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
5. "Tiffauges"   2:14
6. "Tragic Kingdom"   5:59
7. "Sweetest Maleficia"   5:59
8. "Honey and Sulphur"   5:37
9. "Midnight Shadows Crawl to Darken Counsel with Life"   8:58
10. "Darkness Incarnate"   8:55
11. "Ten Leagues Beneath Contempt"   4:58
12. "Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder"   5:36
13. "Corpseflower"   2:41

Personnel[edit]

Cradle of Filth[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mark Newby-Robson – keyboards, vocals on demo tracks
  • Carolyn Gretton – lead female vocals
  • 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 - choir

Production[edit]

  • Andy Sneap – producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
  • Doug Cook – producer, engineer
  • Scott Atkins – engineer, mixing of live tracks
  • "Devil to the Metal" and "Courting Baphomet" produced by Rob Caggiano and Cradle of Filth, engineered by Dan Turner
  • David Ho – album artwork
  • Travis Smith - design
  • Daragh McDonagh – sleeve photography
  • Eternal Spirits – costumes in sleeve photography

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2008 Finnish Albums Chart[24] 24
German Albums Chart[25] 37
Australian Albums Chart[26] 46
Billboard 200 (USA)[12] 48
Swedish Albums Chart[27] 49
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Wallonia)[28] 50
Austrian Albums Chart[29] 53
GfK Dutch Chart[30] 53
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders)[31] 55
Swiss Albums Chart[32] 56
French Albums Chart[33] 64
UK Albums Chart[34] 73
Oricon Japanese Albums Chart[35] 143

References[edit]

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