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Cradle Of Filth: Manticore & Other Horrors

A monster mash – Filth style.

Cradle Of Filth have never been afraid of different approaches to their extreme metal. And so it is on Manticore..., their best album since 1998’s Cruelty & The Beast.

The Filth have gone for a monster concept, each track dealing with a different entity from the dark side, bringing to life vampires (Pallid Reflections), lycanthropes (Illicitus) and the manticore (on the title track).

Mixing orchestration with venomous fury, it all comes together impressively, spinning a web of nightmarish gaiety. Despite dancing with ghouls and demons, the album has a real sense of fun – the audio equivalent of a classic Hammer horror movie.

Anyone who hangs around graveyards is gonna love its black humour.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.