Cover art by JK Potter
|Studio album by Cradle of Filth|
|Released||31 October 2000|
|Recorded||Parkgate Studios, Battle, East Sussex, England, June–August 2000|
|Label||Music for Nations (Europe)
|Cradle of Filth chronology|
Limited leather "digibook" edition
Midian is the fourth studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 31 October (Halloween) 2000, through Music for Nations. The album marks the return of guitarist Paul Allender to the band, as well as the introduction of drummer Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, The Haunted) and keyboard player Martin Powell (My Dying Bride, Anathema).
We loved Cabal, The Damnation Game and The Books of Blood, and we liked that everything had "Clive Barker presents..." on it before people even knew who he was. That gave it an air of mystery: you should know who this is, but you don't. Midian kind of is and isn't a concept album: as a title, it just made perfect sense. The central song, "Tortured Soul Asylum", is about Midian, and the characters in the rest [of the album] made up a sort of collective from this mythical place where the monsters live.
In the Bible, the "Midianites" are an Arab tribe descended from Abraham, and Midian itself is where Moses spent his forty-year exile from Egypt. The biblical Midianites take their name from Midian, a son of Abraham, and one of his concubines. Today, the former territory of Midian is found through small portions of western Saudi Arabia, southern Jordan, southern Israel and the Sinai. The people of Midian are also mentioned extensively in the Qur'an, where the name appears in Arabic as Madyan. The Midian of Cabal and Nightbreed is a hidden city offering shelter for monsters away from humanity.
The opening line of "Lord Abortion" ("Care for a little necrophilia?") is a quote from Terry Gilliam's film Brazil (voiced by Kim Greist in the film, but delivered here by Toni King, frontman Dani Filth's wife).
At the time it was considered their most commercial and accessible album to date.
"Her Ghost in the Fog" spawned a music video, which received heavy rotation on MTV2 and other rock channels, and was directed by Alex Chandon (who also directed the 2001 horror film Cradle of Fear in which Dani Filth appeared). "Swansong for a Raven", a track on Cradle's 2004 album Nymphetamine, is a sequel to the song. "Her Ghost in the Fog" appeared on the soundtrack for Ginger Snaps in 2000 and in the videogame Brütal Legend in 2009.
|Chronicles of Chaos||8.5/10|
|1.||"At the Gates of Midian"||2:21|
|4.||"Death Magick for Adepts"||5:53|
|6.||"Amor e Morte"||6:44|
|7.||"Creatures That Kissed in Cold Mirrors"||3:00|
|8.||"Her Ghost in the Fog"||6:24|
|10.||"Tearing the Veil from Grace"||8:13|
|11.||"Tortured Soul Asylum"||7:46|
|Limited leather "digibook"/Japanese edition|
|12.||"For Those Who Died" (Sabbat cover, featuring Martin Walkyier)||6:16|
Cradle of Filth
- Dani Filth – lead vocals
- Gian Pyres – guitars
- Paul Allender – guitars
- Robin Graves – bass
- Martin Powell – keyboards
- Adrian Erlandsson – drums
- Sarah Jezebel Deva - backing vocals
- Martin Walkyier – vocals on "For Those Who Died"
- Mika Lindberg – backing vocals
- Doug Bradley – narration on "Death Magick for Adepts", "Her Ghost in the Fog" and "Tortured Soul Asylum"
- Toni King – voice on "Lord Abortion"
- Andy Nice – cello
- John Fryer - producer, engineer, mixing
- Doug Cook - engineer, mixing
- Jamie Morrison - assistant engineer
- Ray Staff - mastering
|2000||Finnish Albums Chart||11|
|Heatseekers Albums (USA)||21|
|German Albums Chart||30|
|GfK Dutch Chart||41|
|Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders)||47|
|French Albums Chart||50|
|Swedish Albums Chart||57|
|UK Albums Chart||63|
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