Power of Metal.dk Review

The Great and Secret Show
Style: Dark and Groovy Metal
Release date: 31 October, 2014
Playing time: 55:00

Like we are used to from Dani Filth (with Cradle of Filth) the album will be released on Halloween and in between two Cradle of Filth albums he joined the band of Daniel Finch and together they form the foundation of this album. This time no theatrical black metal, but a rather groovy metal album with dark elements.

The first tunes of "Summer Arteries" might delude you starting with accoustic guitars and a disco rhytmn, but after that you hear the elements that form this albums style. Most of the songs are based on heavy groovy guitar riffing, with very dark (Horror) elements, which of course is a style Dani is used to. Songs with a gothic touch combined with orchestral, theatrical and epic parts. Dani Filth's voice is still very recognizable of course, but he also sounds a bit different than on the Cradle of Filth albums. Not that he has developed as a real singer, he still speaks, screams, bleeps and mumbles throughout the songs, but that creates the dark atmosphere on the album. Besides orchestral parts in Epica style, some Rammstein rhymns and even real classic metal elements in the song "Staring in My Heart" you can speak of a rather original album based on groove and dark elements. And do I hear a ukelele in "Mother Kali"? Perhaps not all the songs are already real top written tracks, but there sure aren't any blunders.

With members leaving and joining Cradle of Filth faster than I change my underwear, the new Cradle of Filth album must be very good otherwise Devilment might/will overtake them. If this band is going to support this new album with good live gigs (the gigs of Cradle of Filth are not the best I've seen) and perhaps a second even better album will be released, I think they can get far. This is an album with a rather unique style, but you have to like the singing style of Dani (you either love it or hate it) and due to the excellent musicians this 'The Great and Secret Show' turns out to be above average. 

01. Summer Arteries
Even Your Blood Group Rejects Me
Girl From Mystery Island
The Stake in My Heart
Living With the Fungus
Mother Kali
Staring At the Werewolf Corps
Sanity Hits a (Perfect) Zero
09. Laudanum Skull
10. The Great and Secret Show
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Distribution: Sony Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 31 October, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/devilmentcorps