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51fkOdxufcL. SL160 There's something familiar about DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA, the latest album from CRADLE OF FILTH... It sounds a lot like old COF with mixed results.

I wasn't a huge fan of their last couple of albums, as they seemed to find themselves in a period of creative stagnation, where, despite some excellent packaging choices, the music seemed to blur together. On their new album however, there's a lot of what made the band stand out in the first place, but it's not without it's faults.

There's some fantastic guitar work to be found here, with songs like "Retreat of the Sacred Heart" and "The Nun With The Astral Habit" perfectly balancing the insane blast beats with groove and symphony. The work on the keys is always welcome, but often finds itself buried beneath the chaos, as do the orchestral element at times. Dani's voice shows more range that recent works, channeling the darkest depths of Hell like a good demon should.

When it all works you get songs like "The Spawn of Love and War," but when it doesn't you wind up with promising tracks like "One Foul Step From the Abyss," which could be improved if given a little more breathing room here and there.

Overall DARKLY, DARKLY, VENUS AVERSA is a solid effort from the band that should please those that found disappointment in the last couple of albums, while doing little to take their music to new and exciting levels.

Rating: 3/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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