Cradle Of Filth – Midnight In The Labyrinth (2012)

I love Cradle Of Filth. I love classical music. I love hammy keyboards and the dungeon synth genre. Why then, if you smush all of these things together, as is the case with this record, are the results so resoundingly poor? This two disc set is so categorically the very definition of disappointment.

Its the same tracks on both discs 1 and 2, the only difference is that on disc 1, the songs have new vocal interpretations added too, by Dani Filth and long-time Cradle session vocalist Sara Jezebel Deva (with the exception of “Goetia”, which exists with vocals only). Both are excellent vocal performers in their own right, but do nothing to save the record at all here.

Midnight… is so genuinely boring that it makes me sad to my very core. For Cradle super-fans and collectors only, I would say.