Cradle of Filth - Trouble and their Double Lives (2023)


Our favorite Gothic/Symphonic Black Metal miscreants are back, with a new double live release that also features a couple new studio tracks. Nicely separated into older and newer songs per disc, this release is a testament that the band still has plenty of fuel left in their tank while delivering some kick-ass live shows. If you are a diehard fan of the band, this release nicely captures a glimpse of how their, quite elaborate, tracks sound in a live setting.

Opening with the new track “She is a Fire”, is a dreamy piece that continues the bands intensity and lush atmospherics of their previous release “Existence Is Futile”. Since this track is new, this and the other studio songs should feature Zoë Marie Federoff, the band’s newest member on keyboards and backing vocals. The rest of the first disc has plenty of killer live renditions of fan favorites like “Heaven Torn Asunder”, “Nymphentamine”, “Bathory Aria”, and “Desire in Violent Overture.

Leading the second disc, we have “Demon Prince Regent”, a pretty heavy new studio track with ravaging brutality, and your typical, but awesome, shrieks from the one and only Dani Filth. As far as being a live release, the sound in all live songs is pretty clear and very well mixed, giving it that extra kick alongside the fan cheers and Dani’s candid crowd interactions. Most tracks in this disc focus on the band’s year’s after “Cruelty and the Beast”, with the exception to a furious rendition of “Lustmord and Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds)”.

As a whole, “Trouble and their Double Lives” captures a great period of time to watch the band as the line-up was superb, the newer songs were awesome and they brilliantly executed their older material as well. So if you are feeling nostalgic or just want to headbang to their newer stuff, this album has plenty to offer to fans of the band.

Band: Cradle of Filth Album: Trouble and their Double Lives

Label: Napalm Records

Release: April 28th, 2023

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Genre: Gothic/Symphonic Black Metal

Country: UK

Rating: 94/100

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