When Under Pregnant Skies She Comes Alive
Like Leviathan begins to pour from the PA, it signals the
beginning of approximately an hour and a half of Cradle of Filth
madness. Completely in vogue with the brilliant new ‘Thornography’,
the show isn’t as important as the music.
The first half of Dirge Inferno is marred by
a terrible sound, the drums in particular, but this soon shapes
up. No less than seven songs from ‘Thornography’ are spread all
over in tonight’s set list, and the conclusion is that they work
really well live. ‘I Am The Thorn’ in particular is absolutely
remarkable as is the instrumental ‘Rise Of The Pentagram’. Apart
from the already mentioned tunes, we get to listen to Tonight In
Flames, Under Huntress Moon and the brilliant cover of Heaven
Dani and his brood of demons look relaxed and
confident in the strength of their songs. Sarah Jezebel’s strong
and beautiful voice provides perfect accompaniment to Dani’s
furious howling as we’re taken through a choice selection of COF
hits like Dusk And Her Embrace, Her Ghost in the Fog,
Nymphetamine, Once Upon Atrocity and the concluding encore From
the Cradle to Enslave.
Tonight’s gig is a confirmation of the
Cradle’s strength. Music is at the centre and it is a joy to
listen to the power and virtuosity of the Brits. More black
Mondays like that, please!