Nymphetamine by Cradle of Filth: Metal Medicine!

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A couple of weeks ago I watched a hilarious British slasher film called Cradle of Fear. Horror films are my weakness! I was intruiged by a character credited as The Man played by Dani Filth, writer and incredible lead singer of extreme metal band Cradle of Filth.

After watching several live performances and listening to vocal coaches explain Dani Filth’s mesmerising five-octave vocal range, I stumbled across one song in particular that gave me goosebumps. Nymphetamine from 2004. A powerful Beauty and the Beast style duet about a relationship with an alluring succubus featuring Liv Kristine and Doug Bradley, who starred as Pinhead in the Hellraiser films.

This energetically sung line has burned into me, like when Samara grabbed Rachel’s arm in The Ring and left a hand-shaped burn mark:

Six feet deep is the incision
In my heart, that barless prison
Discolours all with tunnel vision

Wow. Yes. I’ve endured so much over the years in many ways I do feel deeply wounded and trapped so much so that I have developed a distorted view of life. Almost pessimistic as a form of self-defence. My mind is in a ready, aim but don’t fire state and it’s awful.

Subject matter aside, I love the energy of this song. Her tranquillity fused with his growls, raw feelings and trademark banshee scream. I listen to it daily and even fall asleep to it on repeat mode. My husband has to prise my phone from my hands and gently remove my headphones once I peacefully nod off. Albeit assisted by some essential medication.

But then again, music is medicine too.

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