The Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence & Darkness (Anglais) Broché – Illustré, 7 janvier 2010
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An absolute MUST OWN book for anyone interested in the occult, and even more so if you are Cradle of Filth fan. This book journeys through the history of the band while exploring the world of the occult and how it shaped the band. The chapters are the CD titles and within the chapter, we explore the darkness that influenced each. The book also explores the "black metal" and metal scenes at the time and delves into the influences of those other bands, both on Cradle and the metal genre itself. On top of that, this tome even explores the world of horror movies, books, TV shows, plays and more.
This book is crammed with tons and tons of pictures; every page has pictures, photos, drawings, etc. You won't get bored reading hundreds of pages of "stories from the bands past". That's not the format of this book, this book is a visual experience.
Unlike any other band biography, this book takes you into the dark underworld and shows you the bloody sinews that bound it to the music that Cradle was writing and recording. As you read the book, you will see the band grow and the world of the occult become more and more influential on the world.
There are the obligatory mentionings of Anton LaVey, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft, Elizabeth Bathory, vampires, etc. There is more, though, much more. The book also mentions influences such as British poet Lord Byron and an exploration that early classical composers, rebelling against the tyranny of the church, wrote "devil music" to capture the cacophony of sound they wanted to express.
At over 500 pages, this book is well worth the read. Again, if you love Cradle of Filth, then this book will tell you more about who the band really is than any other source. If you don't really care for Cradle, but are into black metal, the occult, etc., then this book is still worth reading so you can experience the growth of the occult influence on pop culture.
Why yes, it is. For the sheer size of this book, you're getting a fantastic value (at around $30). I was duly impressed by the size and full color pictures adorning every page of this fine tome. To give you an idea of a size reference, it's actually about the size of a textbook (and much much cheaper). Given the fact that this book is likely to see a very limited audience (i.e. those who are either Gavin Baddeley fans or Cradle of Filth fans), they easily could've cheaped out on the quality (you know, crappy black and white photos, poor editing, etc.). But no! I'm quite happy to say that the Gospel of Filth feels like a really well-made item.
For those of you wondering exactly what is in GoF, let me explain. First off, it's not really a biography of the band. Sorry guys, if that's what you were looking for, this really isn't it. I mean, it has references to things the band did in the past, but that's not really a focus. It's actually pretty difficult to pinpoint exactly what this book is about since it's so jam-packed with such a profuse amount of random information, but if I had to put my finger on it I'd say it's most closely a history/sociology book. Yes, really. The whole thing is divided into chapters, with each chapter having the title of a Cradle of Filth album. Basically, each chapter delves into the historical and cultural influences behind the themes and inspiration for each album and sometimes even specific songs. For example, chapter 6 is about Midian, which is an album largely about monsters and horror, so chapter 6 is basically a history of the seminal moments of horror as a literary and film genre. Sprinkled throughout all the chapters are numerous references to various musicians and their influence on Cradle of Filth's own music (as well as interviews). Chapter 9 (the Thornography chapter) most heavily delves into this topic--covering the beginnings and evolution of the metal genre. This whole book is deeply fascinating and the quality of the writing itself is excellent. Oh, as a side note, if you were wondering (like I was) exactly what extent of the writing is actually Dani's, I can tell you that almost every page of the book has a little black box in the margin that contains some insightful (or hilarious) piece of wisdom from Mr. Filth himself. As to how much he helped Gavin Baddeley with the main bulk of the text, I really don't know.
Overall, my only complaint with GoF is that perhaps the scope of their topics are too broad; the text can come off as rambling and awfully random at times, jumping from the metal scene to Crowley to Byron to Gothic Romanticism to Satanism and back again. There were just times I wished that the text would stick to one subject for longer than a paragraph (and they do in many portions, it just sometimes feels chaotic). Aside from that, it occasionally felt repetitive--I believe that some of the information was repeated from chapter to chapter to help those reading the chapter out of order or as a reminder. Well anyway, those complaints are really rather minor, GoF is actually quite a joy to read (unless you did it like I did, with the book perched on your chest--it starts to feel like you're being tortured under the weight of a medieval pressing device after a couple of hours).
So, do I recommend you get this book? Well, YES! ...That is, if you have an interest in occult history, Cradle of Filth, or Gavin Baddeley's work. Anyway, for its current price it's a phenomenal value, so if you're on the fence about buying it, just go ahead - don't pass this one up.
I was Introduced to Cradle of Filth in 2003 when they were on the Ozz Fest tour in Philthadelphia (no pun intended). Never heard of them and Chevelle was playing on the main stage and they SUCKED. So I went to the second stage, where I literally bumped into Zakk Wylde (Very nice dude). Cradle was playing on the stage and their look of Vampires singing intrigued me. I asked some around me who it was and they were too stoned to tell me.
They were incredible, I loved the creaming and the melodic melonies combined. I went home and found out who they were and I have never looked back. Gospel of Filth is just what it says it is. Everything Horror and Maccabre. I was very happy when I had the whole band sign it in 2011 on their Darkly tour and I am patiently awaiting their North American tour dates!!!
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