CRADLE OF FILTH – THE MANTICORE AND OTHER HORRORS
Now coming to the vocals, it’s no surprise that Dani Filth has lost the ferocity he once had in his vocal chords. The man is aging and you can’t expect him to pull off his signature gymnastic-like vocal variations. His growls have lost their power, which may have forced him to resort to something like a clean-growl mixture type vocals that we can hear on many of the tracks. His screeches, on the other hand still have the sharpness it used to have in the earlier albums of the band.
After listening to the album, I can surely say that Paul kept his promise and the album in fact does not sound like their last two albums. Rather I’ll describe the album as a re-incarnation of Cruelty and the Beast or Dusk…and Her Embrace with better sound quality and musicianship. Lucy Atkins (wife of producer Scott Atkins) did a good job with the more straight-forward female vocals, but to be frank, Sarah Jezebel Deva will always be missed for she created a unique sound with the band.
Final verdict – If you love their old stuff, this album certainly has something in it for you. Trust me, you won’t regret it. And do listen to the last track – “Sinfonia”, where Martin shows his awesome skills with the keyboards. A track that can give many keyboardists a run for their money.