Thornography Song & Title Descriptions
This title represents mankind's obsession with sin and self. The thorn combines images of that which troubled Christ, the crown of thorns, thus intimating man's seeming desire to hurt God and also, of the protecting thorn and the need to enclose a secret place or the soul from attack.
Another end-of-world opus in the vein of 'Cthulhu Dawn' from Midian or 'Mother Of Abominations' from Nymphetamine, 'Dirge Inferno' being the pseudonym for the 'Great Beast' that arises and wages war during the book of Revelations. He is the epitome of the turmoil and chaos that engenders the world during these end times.
Tonight In Flames
'Tonight In Flames' concerns itself with fiery religious fanaticism stoked up by the sudden death of a loved one. The idea behind the song is that even the most ardent supporter of peace can be drawn into violent conflict if their faith is shattered beyond repair.
Libertine Grimm is another gothic character who is actually an amalgam of many different women. She is sexy, erudite and possessed of an extraordinary wit, but this is counterbalanced by an unhealthy appetite for self-destruction and flights of morbid fancy, brought on by deep dark secrets, terribly chic drugs and wild, sexual abandonment.
The Byronic Man
This song pretty much does what it says on the tin. Based on the infamous poet and Libertine Lord Byron, the song is written from a first hand perspective that is not only historical but also self-analytical, musing on the individual's slide into decline and relishing fully in it's rich, unwholesome flavour.
I Am The Thorn
The closest thing to a title track on the album concerns itself with a livid God, who has seen the multitude of religious wars and causes given over to his many
Cemetery And Sundown
In response to Cradle's recent lull in all matters of a vampyric nature, this track is akin to a revenant anthem; A song that unites the legions of the undead, urging them to forget the covenant with mortal kind, come forth out of the shadows where they feed like jettisoned animals and rekindle the passion to muster and master the night.... ruling over the humans as is their Draconian birthright.
Lovesick For Mina
And following sweetly on in this vein....
The Foetus Of A New Day Kicking
From the long dark night of the soul comes a dawn that is twice as potent as it's diminished predecessor.
Under Huntress Moon
This is a hymn to the beauty of the moon, as personified by the celestial huntress Diana. The lyrics in this song are very reminiscent of Cradle's earlier works where pagan imagery is jewelled with strong female characteristics, as is befitting of the eternal Goddess herself.
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