Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay is the twelfth studio album by the British metal band Cradle of Filth. It is currently set for release on September 22, 2017.

As you would expect, the album stays true to the Cradle of Filth Black Metal sound that has been well established in the band’s 26 year run and exemplified in these fine eight tracks, lasting a head banging 52 minutes, 53 seconds.

From the start, ‘Exquisite Torments Awaits’ draws you in with its mainly instrumental start, the lyrics when they come, the melody and torment literally within the lyrics finally enveloping you in the horror movie that is Cradle of Filth’s uniquely particular gothic and often haunting sound. It evokes provocatively that feeling that you’re waiting to be chased through a resurrected graveyard, with a howling wind, the undead screaming at you, in a manner only Dani Filth can conjure.

What takes this to the edge is the range, depth and sheer control offered up by Lindsay’s operatic vocals. Time and time again, this duo of both style and vocally creates a theatre, a tale in which to lose yourself as well as the sound track to lose your soul. Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay then steps it up a gear with their first single ‘Heartbreak and Séance,’ which gives you a taste of how the band has matured technically within their twin guitar work – where even the guitar gods would take pride.

The whole album with its dark undertones is well put together and could be the band’s best to date, and after 26 years this band is still showing us they have more to say. If you’re a fan of the Cradle then this is a must, and if you’re new to them you’re in for a treat.


Cradle of Filth are:

Dani Filth – lead vocals

Martin ‘Marthus’ Skaroupka – drums, keyboards, orchestration

Daniel Firth – bass

Lindsay Schoolcraft – keyboards and vocals

Richard Shaw – guitar

Marek ‘Ashok’ Šmerda – guitar


Track List


  1. ‘Exquisite Torments Awaits’
  2. ‘Heart Break and Séance’
  3. ‘Achingly Beautiful’
  4. ‘Waster Vespertine’
  5. ‘The Seductiveness of Decay’
  6. ‘Vengeful Spirit’ (featuring Liv Kristine)
  7. ‘You Will Know the Lion by His Claw’
  8. ‘Death and the Maiden’


The band recently released the first single off the album, ‘Heartbreak And Seance‘.


See the making of here:
Watch the music video here:


The album is also available for pre-order:

Get ‘Heartbreak and Séance as an instant grat when you buy the album digitally.



30.10. Belfast – Limelight
31.10. Dublin – Academy (Halloween Show)
02.11. Manchester – Academy 2
03.11. Glasgow – Garage
04.11. Birmingham – O2 Institute 2
05.11. Church – Leeds
07.11. Oxford – O2 Academy
08.11. Southampton – Engine Rooms
09.11. Norwich – Waterfront
10.11. London – Electric Ballroom
11.11. Bristol – Bierkeller


‘You Will Know the Lion by His Claw’:
Heartbreak And Séance’ the making of:
Watch the music video here:
Watch the first album trailer here:



Cradle of Filth - Cryptoriana – 'The Seductiveness of Decay' - Album Review
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