The Manticore and Other Horrors

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The Manticore and Other Horrors
Cradle of Filth Manticore Other Horrors.jpg
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 29 October 2012 (Europe)
30 October 2012 (USA)
Recorded 2011–2012
Genre Gothic metal[1][2]
Length 51:37
Label Peaceville (Europe)
Nuclear Blast (USA)
Producer
Cradle of Filth chronology
Midnight in the Labyrinth
(2012)Midnight in the Labyrinth2012
The Manticore and Other Horrors
(2012)
Hammer of the Witches
(2015)Hammer of the Witches2015
Singles from The Manticore and Other Horrors
  1. "Frost on Her Pillow"
    Released: 19 October 2012
  2. "For Your Vulgar Delectation"
    Released: 21 June 2013

The Manticore and Other Horrors is the tenth studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 29 October 2012 in Europe and on 30 October in USA.[3] It is the band's first and only album so far as a three-man group rather than its six-man staple. It was also the last release with Paul Allender on guitar, who departed the band for a second time in April 2014.

Background[edit]

Guitarist Paul Allender told Ultimate Guitar that "The last thing we want to do is come out with another album that sounds like the last two. We decided to change direction and go back to what we used to do with the female vocals; all the strong melody lines and harmonies... I've put a lot of punk orientated riffs back into it again. It's really gone quite dark and pretty hardcore."[4]

A press release in August 2012 revealed that the album was conceived as "a bestiary, a collection of stories on monsters," including "personal demons, chimeras, literary fiends, and world-enslaving entities..." The title track, "Manticore", was described as being "about a beautiful mythological horror that comes to be feared as the disfigurehead [sic] of foreign occupation in the Indian provinces." "Illicitus" and "Pallid Reflection" meanwhile, involve "lycanthropy and vampirism"; "For Your Vulgar Delectation" and "Frost on Her Pillow" are "grim fairy tales"; and "The Abhorrent" and "Siding With the Titans" are said to "extol tentacular Lovecraftian values."[5]

"Frost on Her Pillow" was the first video to promote the album, after "For Your Vulgar Delectation" and "Manticore" were uploaded to Peaceville's SoundCloud account.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Exclaim! 6/10[1]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[8]
Loudwire 3/5 stars[2]
NME 6/10[9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[10]

The Manticore and Other Horrors has received a generally favourable response from critics. PopMatters called it "the most vital record released by the band in almost a decade",[10] while Kerrang! wrote "There's nothing here that Cradle of Filth haven't done much better elsewhere."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dani Filth; all music composed by Paul Allender, Martin "Marthus" Škaroupka and DJ Gunnarson.

No. Title Length
1. "The Unveiling of O." (instrumental) 2:07
2. "The Abhorrent" 5:53
3. "For Your Vulgar Delectation" 4:46
4. "Illicitus" 5:24
5. "Manticore" 5:53
6. "Frost on Her Pillow" 4:12
7. "Huge Onyx Wings Behind Despair" 4:23
8. "Pallid Reflection" 5:34
9. "Siding with the Titans" 5:17
10. "Succumb to This" 4:43
11. "Sinfonia" (Instrumental) 3:25
Total length: 51:37

Personnel[edit]

Cradle of Filth
Guest/session musicians
  • Lucy Atkins – vocals
  • Choir formed by Jill Fallow, Scarlet Summer, Lucy Atkins, India Price, Janet Granger, Petra Stiles-Swinton, Anita Kilpatrick, Robert L. Friars, Daniel Oxblood, Joseph Kelly, Jasper Conway.
  • Choir conducted & arranged by Will Graney.
Additional personnel
  • Scott Atkins – mixing, engineering and mastering
  • Mark Harwood – additional engineering
  • Doug Cook – additional engineering
  • Matt Vickerstaff – album art
  • Travis Smith, Kewin Miceli - additional images

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wiebe, Laura (1 November 2012). "Cradle of Filth The Manticore and Other Horrors". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Cradle Of Filth, "The Manticore and Other Horrors" - Album Review". Loudwire. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "CRADLE OF FILTH: New Album Cover Artwork, More Details Revealed". Blabbermouth. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Rosen, Stephen (11 September 2011). "Cradle of Filth: 'We Decided To Go Back To What We Used To Do' | Interviews". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Manticore and other Horrors". peaceville.com. September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Reviews for The Manticore and Other Horrors by Cradle of Filth – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Manticore and Other Horrors – Cradle of Filth | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "[The Manticore and Other Horrors review]". Kerrang!: 55. 10 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Pattison, Louis (26 October 2012). "Cradle of Filth – 'The Manticore and Other Horrors' | NME.com". NME. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Brown, Dean (18 January 2013). "Cradle of Filth: The Manticore and Other Horrors | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

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