Sound — 8
As allways CoF tends to surprise me with new dark guitar sounds, new glass-breaking singing from Dani and ofcourse new non-understandble lyrics and this album is not an exception. This is a concept album based on the book Cabal by Clive Barker and the movie based on it, Nightbreed. Every song is a story from different parts of the monster city of Midian as the song titles themself reveal, like "Lord Abortion" or "Tortured Soul Asylum". When you first put the CD into your stereo (or whatever) and press play, you hear nothing at first. But then after a few seconds you hear a little sound and as it grows louder you hear evil, twisted monks singing some undecipherable lyrics and you feel like you're in a monastary while the keyboard play some fast evil notes and the second excellent track "Cthulhu Dawn" begins. What I just explained was the first track, the instrumental song "At the Gates of Midian". The first half of Midian is an adventure through the city that you never want to stop but about half the songs is some what of a disapointment as it loses it's unique style and goes back to their old style, not that it's bad or anything but it's the style that makes the album so freaking great! The few last songs feel like they didn't put too much effort in them.But still, these are good and are just as listenable as the other songs tough.
Lyrics — 10
Ah, lyrics. This is probably CoF's or atleast Dani's specialty. As usual the titles and lyrics are non-logical, bizarre and perfect for this band and album. Dani sings the lyrics with such power and (can I say) elegance it will blow your brains out on the wall. Dani with his lively fantasy and breath-taking voice you don't need to understand the lyrics. But that little you can understand fits perfectly with the heavy, dark riffs and fast drums. Ah well, just listen to it.
Overall Impression — 9
Midian is a great, no wait, it's probably one of the best albums out there and is a personal favourite of mine. It's dark and almost funky (sounds somewhat stupid when you talk about Cradle of Filth)and it's a mind trip that you won't forget or perhaps never forget with masterpieces like "Cthulhu Dawn", "Saffrons Curse", "Her Ghost In The Fog" and "Death Magick For Adepts". A small minus for the few songs that doesn't quite really fit in. Midian is a hell of a ride that won't stop anything. Get it now!