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Cradle of Filth
Damnation And A Day
March 2003
Released: 2003, Sony (Red Ink/EPIC)
Rating: 3.7/5
Reviewer: EvilG

Cradle of Filth is a band so many love to hate (especially black metal elitists). However, they have a legion of fans, that much is VERY clear. They didn’t get signed to Sony music for having no one into them. However, I am not judging how good something is based on how many people like the band!!! I am not what you’d call a Cradle of Filth fan – I did like the album MIDIAN and some of CRUELTY AND THE BEAST. I was impressed enough by DAMNATION AND A DAY to review it myself rather than pass it along to someone else here at Metal Rules who might appreciate black metal or extreme metal a little more than me. Before doing so I figured I’d throw it on to see if I would be any more impressed by this album than with their past works, and I’m glad I did give it a chance.



The strong point of this album beyond the amazing production is the inclusion of the 40-piece orchestra and a 32-piece choir (from Budapest, Hungary). Their backing of the band throughout the album really adds to the band’s sound. The drumming and especially the riffing is also very good, not a lot in the way of shredding lead solos though! For me, the only real hold back for CoF, as it’s always been, is the one-dimensional (or maybe 1.5 ha!) vocals of Dani Filth. I can only take so many of his shrieks, screams, or his “screaming whisper” styled vocals. It’s ok for a while, but this is not singing. I guess he doesn’t know how to hit a note to save his life….too bad. If you threw in some real vocals here this would be fantastic stuff!!



This is a concept album that is 17 tracks long and clocks in at over 77mins. As such, I’ll only bother to point out things that caught my ear. The album begins with what sounds like a horror film score with “A Bruise Upon The Silent Moon”. Then follows one of the better tracks of the album, “The Promise of Fever”. Another place that grabbed my attention is “Damned In Any Language (A Plague On Words)” which is a great interlude with awesome orchestration and then a British accented narrator reading from what is (I think?) the bible. This leads into the nicely titled “Better To Reign In Hell” which switches from mellower verses (whispering vocals) to the more extreme sounding (gutteral and shrieking vocals). The transition between the two was great, but the vocals need more variation. There is so much going on here with orchestration, keys, clean guitars, heavy guitars, etc etc….too bad the vocals are not as varied. “Serpent Tongue” begins like it could be a newer Soilwork song...until the predictable vocals come in. “The Mordant Liquor Of Tears” would of fit nicely on the sound track to the Edward Scissor Hands movie. I wonder of Ol’ Ed is a fan of CoF? He looks like the members of the band anyway! The following song is “Present From The Poison-Hearted” which begins like it could be a Rhapsody song with the fast riffing and orchestration. Perhaps this is what Rhapsody had in mind when they toyed for 10mins with the idea of a black metal project (Rhapsody in Black). Once the vocals come in, it’s clearly not Rhapsody. This is one of the more riffy tracks. “Doberman (Pharaoh)” begins with what sounds like an ancient Egyptian instrument and then is followed by guitar making for one of the best beginnings to a song on the album. The riff that comes in around the 3min mark is killer, sounds a little like older Testament for a fleeting moment. Too bad there was not more of that part!



If you have an open mind and can appreciate music ranging from Marilyn Manson to Soilwork to Rhapsody to Dimmu Borgir then I know there will be something about this new Cradle of Filth album that will interest you. CoF unquestionably have their shit together to even further make an even bigger name for themselves. With a label giant Sony and an upcoming summer tour on Ozzfest, world domination is a step away. For sure this will only make more hate them even more. If only the band would let someone share vocal duties with Dani, like that’ll ever happen eh? Until then, I’ll remain a casual fan.
Track Listing

01. A Bruise Upon The Silent Moon
02. The Promise Of Fever
03. Hurt And Virtue
04. An Enemy Led The Tempest
05. Damned In Any Language (A Plague On Words)
06. Better To Reign In Hell
07. Serpent Tongue
08. Carrion
09. The Mordant Liquor Of Tears
10. Presents From The Poison-Hearted
11. Doberman Pharaoh
12. Babalon A.D. (So Glad For The Madness)
13. A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season
14. Mannequin
15. Thank God For The Suffering
16. The Smoke Of Her Burning
17. End Of Daze

Lineup

Dani - Vocals
Paul - Guitar
Martin - Keyboards
Adrian - Drums
Dave - Bass

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Cradle of Filth
Damnation And A Day
May 2003
Released: 2003, Sony Records
Rating: 0.3/5
Reviewer: Night of the Realm

Great news, everybody...Cradle of Filth has just released their newest T-shirt designs. This year’s shirts feature Jesus impaled by a seething goat phallus, surrounded by the members of the band circle-jerking upon the scene. The caption reads: “Do unto others...” In commemoration of this momentous occasion, CoF has released another album full of cacophony.



I will admit that Cradle of Filth’s previous albums have usually contained a track or two that really stood out as worthwile, but DAMNATION AND A DAY really has no standout tracks. Yup...17 tracks (12 real, 5 interlude), clocking in at nearly 77 minutes, and not one winner in the lot. As bad as CoF was before, they really sunk after drummer Nicholas Barker left the band before MIDIAN, leaving no good musician left among the lot of ‘em. Nothing else has changed here. Same forced shrieks, same tepid keyboard washes, same flaccid guitars, same lifeless songwriting, only this time, the band has gotten worse in all departments.



I found it absolutely hillarious when cries of “sellout” arose when Cradle of Filth announced that they were leaving Music For Nations to sign with Sony. If for nothing else, one must admire how successful Cradle of Filth has become by selling a product as trite and contrived as what the band has to offer not only musically, but also with their silly cartoon vampirishness. This only goes to prove that as long as there are teenagers who think they are depressed, or who are seeking an outlet for pre-pubescent rebellion against parents, teachers, ex-girl/boyfriends, the girl in class who won’t pay attention to you, or whatever may kindle their attention at the moment, there will be a market for Cradle of Filth’s silliness and faerie-tale “blasphemies.” In the legitimacy of true music and artistry, this band has no relevance. Cradle of Filth's latest album, and their first major lablel release has finally landed, impacting not with a bang, but a whimper.
Track Listing

01. A Bruise Upon The Silent Moon
02. The Promise Of Fever
03. Hurt And Virtue
04. An Enemy Led The Tempest
05. Damned In Any Language [A Plague On Words]
06. Better To Reign In Hell
07. Serpent Tongue
08. Carrion
09. The Mordant Liquor Of Tears
10. Presents From The Poison-Hearted
11. Doberman Pharaoh
12. Babalon A.D. [So Glad For The Madness]
13. A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season
14. Mannequin
15. Thank God For The Suffering
16. The Smoke Of Her Burning
17. End Of Daze

Lineup

Dani Filth - Vocals
Paul Allender - Guitar
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums
Martin Powell - Keyboard
Dave Pybus - Bass


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