Hammer of the Witches

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Hammer of the Witches
Hammer of witches.jpg
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 10 July 2015
Recorded November 2014 – May 2015[1]
Genre Extreme metal
Length 56:11
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Scott Atkins
Cradle of Filth chronology
The Manticore and Other Horrors
(2012)
Hammer of the Witches
(2015)
Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay
(2017)
Singles from Hammer of the Witches
  1. "Right Wing of the Garden Triptych"
    Released: 13 May 2015
  2. "Blackest Magick in Practice"
    Released: 4 December 2015

Hammer of the Witches is the eleventh studio album by the English extreme metal band, Cradle of Filth. It was released on 10 July 2015 and is their first release under record label Nuclear Blast. Hammer of the Witches features the band's new line-up following the departure of Paul Allender and James McIlroy, which includes new guitarists Marek 'Ashok' Šmerda and Richard Shaw and new keyboardist and female vocalist Lindsay Schoolcraft.

Background[edit]

Hammer Of The Witches is the first Cradle Of Filth album since 2000's Midian to not feature work from longtime guitarist Paul Allender. Work on the album began in early 2014, with frontman Dani emphasizing that the band planned on taking their time with it.[2] In an interview in 2016, Lindsay Schoolcraft stated that she was pleased with the fan-response and that the band had actually finished work on the album quicker than they had expected to.[3]

Cover art[edit]

Vocalist Dani Filth stated: "The artwork for Hammer of the Witches was created by Latvian artist Arthur Berzinsh and is a lavish walk-through of the lyricism, drawing on rich renaissance themes and displaying them in beautiful-yet-unsettling scenarios. Half of the detailed pieces are totally original for the release, others are Berzinsh classics cunningly tailored to the themes of the album, which are themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation. The female form is rampant throughout the artwork, unashamedly displayed in its classical rendition of beauty... and horror."[4]

Release[edit]

The first single and video for the track "Right Wing of the Garden Triptych" was released on 14 May 2015.[4][5][6] Hammer of the Witches was released on 10 July.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Consequence of SoundB-[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[11]
MetalSucks4/5 stars[12]
Record Collector3/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[14]

Hammer of the Witches has received a favourable response from critics, who appreciated its change in direction. It has also received a more positive fan response than previous releases in recent years such as The Manticore and Other Horrors and Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, with many praising it as the band's best album since Nymphetamine.[15] The Guardian called it "both a joyous nod towards past glories and a significant creative rebirth" and wrote "these are the most vital and incisive songs Dani Filth has conjured from the dark ether in a long time".[10] AllMusic wrote "on their 11th studio album, this unholy horde, forever wrapped in corpse paint, leather, and spikes, look back more than they do forward. And that proves a good thing [...] Hammer of the Witches doesn't reach the heights of Dusk of Her Embrace [sic], but it does offer proof that there is plenty of fire and creativity left in Cradle of Filth."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dani Filth; all music composed by Cradle of Filth (Dani Filth, Martin Škaroupka, Daniel Firth, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Richard Shaw, Marek 'Ashok' Šmerda).

No.TitleLength
1."Walpurgis Eve"1:29
2."Yours Immortally..."6:01
3."Enshrined in Crematoria"5:46
4."Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess"6:56
5."Blackest Magick in Practice"6:50
6."The Monstrous Sabbat (Summoning the Coven)"1:51
7."Hammer of the Witches"6:29
8."Right Wing of the Garden Triptych"5:54
9."The Vampyre at My Side"5:45
10."Onward Christian Soldiers"6:59
11."Blooding the Hounds of Hell"2:10
Total length:56:11

Personnel[edit]

  • Dani Filth – lead vocals, lyrics
  • Richard Shaw – guitars
  • Marek 'Ashok' Šmerda – guitars
  • Daniel Firth – bass
  • *Martin 'Marthus' Škaroupka – drums, keyboards, orchestration
  • Lindsay Schoolcraft – female vocals, harp

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 28
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 28
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 31
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[22] 21
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 68
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 44
US Billboard 200[26] 196
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[27] 76
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 20
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[29] 4
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[30] 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cradle Of Filth set studio date for 11th record". TeamRock.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  2. ^ http://loudwire.com/cradle-of-filth-begin-writing-11th-studio-album/
  3. ^ http://myglobalmind.com/2016/03/18/interview-lindsay-schoolcraft-cradle-filth-academy-dublin-march-13th-2016/
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  5. ^ "Cradle of Filth Unveil 'Hammer of the Witches' Album Details". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  6. ^ "Cradle Of Filth reveal track names - Metal Hammer". Metalhammer.teamrock.com. Retrieved 2015-05-02.
  7. ^ "Reviews for Hammer of the Witches by Cradle of Filth – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Hammer of the Witches – Cradle of Filth | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  9. ^ Barry, Sean (14 July 2015). "Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches | Album Reviews | Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (9 July 2015). "Cradle of Filth: Hammer of the Witches Review – Mischievous and Macabre | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  11. ^ "[Hammer of the Witches review]". Kerrang!: 52. 4 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Cradle of Filth's Hammer of the Witches Reviewed in Latest "Critical Condition" Video". MetalSucks. June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  13. ^ Pinfold, William. "Hammer of the Witches – Record Collector Magazine". Record Collector. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  14. ^ Spencer, Trey (July 9, 2015). "Review: Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5YgNqacqEo
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  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  21. ^ "Cradle of Filth: Hammer of the Witches" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2015. 29. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
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  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Cradle of Filth – Hammer of the Witches". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Cradle of Filth | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  26. ^ "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  27. ^ "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  29. ^ "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  30. ^ "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

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