Cradle of Filth
Vempire or Dark Fairytales in Phallustei


4.5
superb

Review

by Kit Brown USER (73 Reviews)
December 15th, 2005 | 140 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Good things often come in small packages.

Cradle of Filth - Vempire

Cradle of Filth are an English Melodic Black Metal band formed in 1991 that has been heavily influenced by Gothic music. The band progressed from a rawer, more traditional, black metal sound, to one with a more symphonic tone. Many metal fans criticise the group as "sell outs" due to the fact that coverage by Kerrang and MTV has brought them a more mainstream and commercial image.
--Wikipedia

I'm sure just about every metal head has heard about Cradle of Filth and has established an opinion on them already. They're one of the most controversial bands in the metal scene. This album was released in 1996 right before Dusk and Her Embrace. This album, while being only six tracks long, is very well made and enjoyable to any Cradle of Filth fan.

Cradle of Filth at this time was:
Dani Filth - Lead Vocals
Nicholas Barker - Drums
Paul Allender - Guitar
Jared Demeter - Guitar
Damien Gregori - Keyboards
Robin Eaglestone - Bass
Sarah Jezebel Deva - Female backing vocals

What was good about the album:
-- Cradle of Filth's albums always have a high level of musicianship on them. The dual guitars always play some great and often difficult riffs. There are some great examples of those on "The Rape and Ruin of Angels" and "Queen of Winter, Throned". The drumming, played by master Nicholas Barker, is awesome. He's one of extreme metal's best drummers and he shows it on every album. There are plenty of very fast blast beats, double bass patterns, and pummeling fills. Barker truly was an asset to Cradle of Filth.

-- Dani Filth has a ton of vocal skill, as you all have probably heard by now. Even though most people don't like how he sounds, he still has a lot of talent because I've never heard another vocalist who sounds like him.

-- The band took the challenge and made an epic song, "Queen of Winter, Throned". This song is almost perfect in every way and is one of the band's best songs to date. Every member shows off their skill in this song and they don't ever make it boring to the listener. The opening sample in the song is also very cool. This could quite possibly be the band's best song.

-- There really isn't a bad song on this album. You can listen to all six tracks and never really get bored.

What was bad about the album:
-- The album is too short. Cradle of Filth should have taken more time and turned this into a full length release and it might have been worthy of a classic rating.

-- Like I said earlier, lots of people love the band's music but can't listen to the band because of Dani Filth's vocals. This isn't going to take away from the album much if you ask me, but some people just don't like like his style of singing/screaming at all.

-- The band tried to remake "The Forest Whispers My Name", but it didn't turn out as well as the version on The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. The original version of this song could quite possibly my favorite song by the band, and this one just didn't amount. Don't get me wrong though, it's still a good song. They sped it up which was impressive, but they also put in some of Sarah Deva's vocals that just sound stupid. If I want to listen to this song, I'll stick to the original version.

-- Some people may not like that you can't understand what Dani Filth is saying in most parts of the album. They also might not like that the album is fairly heavy. This isn't going to take away much from the overall rating at all, seeing as how this is a metal album.

Highlights:
Like I said earlier, all of the songs are highlights. This album was excellent.

Cradle of Filth seemed to have made all of their greatest albums early and then slowly went downhill from there. While this album is only an EP, it has the same effect on the listener as a full length album. This album isn't as well known, but it should deserve more publicity than it deserves. It's the bands second best album, only bested by their first album, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. Cradle fans should give this a listen, and other metal heads would want to check this out too.

Final Rating: 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aakon_Keetreh
December 15th 2005


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a great EP

4.5/5

Neoteric
December 15th 2005


3243 Comments


I love your format though I thought you could have went into more detail at some bits.

Storm In A Teacup
December 15th 2005


13157 Comments


There's just enough detail, good job.

I do dissagree on some points, this is no way a 4.5, more of a 3.5-4 and it's not to short I don't think, after all, the general time of E.P.'s are supposed to be around 15 minutes long.

Shadows
Moderator
December 15th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet job. It's good to see I'm not the only real Cradle of Filth fan here.

This is a great EP. Short releases aren't CoF's finest moments, but this is better than From the Cradle to Enslave. Queen of Winter and Rape and Ruin of Angels are amazing songs.

Just try to keep in mind that CoF isn't the least bit black metal in any way.This Message Edited On 12.15.05

Cravinov13
December 15th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cradle of Filth are an English Melodic Black Metal band formed in 1991 that has been heavily influenced by Gothic music.


I love you

Wave.Existance.Tears
December 15th 2005


72 Comments


Hey, ShadowsFallen, stop trying to be so HxC and give a decent defination of black metal. I dare ya.

Shadows
Moderator
December 15th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Black metal = a form of extreme metal that favors simplicity and atmosphere. Black metal is most often raw and stripped down, featuring blast beats, tremolo picking or power chord progressions, and high shrieked vocals. The music is higher pitched, and very high in treble with little or no bass. It originated in Norway, and the most sincere black metal often comes from Scandinavia. Black metal production is poor and raw, furthering their single goal of atmosphere. Lyrical themes are almost always anti-religious, occasionally racist, as in NSBM.

Some famous black metal bands include Darkthrone, early Mayhem, Burzum, Bathory, and Graveland. Emperor is symphonic black metal, but is not considered true black metal by the black metal community.

Cradle of Filth is not black metal, and has not been since 1994. Their music is very heavy with plenty of bass and crystal clear production. They play rather complex arrangements and the music is extremely melodic. The only thing remoately "black" about their music is Dani's voice, but even that is straying away from black metal.

Shadows
Moderator
December 15th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you satisfied or am I still too "HxC" for you? :rolleyes:

Storm In A Teacup
December 15th 2005


13157 Comments


/bows down before the awesome aura that is ShadowsFallen

sowee, couldn't resist posting :DThis Message Edited On 12.15.05

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 15th 2005


257 Comments


Wave i doubel dog dare you to come back to that.


CoF has never really been my coup of tea, but hey whatever

Thor
December 15th 2005


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I personally didn't even write that opening biography, you can see at the bottom that I cited the website it was from.

Let's call it a day and call them Gothic Metal, ok?

Cravinov13
December 15th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Call them melodic Black with heavy Gothic influences, becaus eit's right.

Ace_of_Bass2112
December 15th 2005


257 Comments


^^^ how'd i know that was going to happen.

how bout we just abreviate everthing and call them MBWHGI

Mega
Banana
Whales
Have
Goneriea
Intersting...

Shadows
Moderator
December 15th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha, gothic metal. Nothing black about them.

Cravinov13
December 15th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To Ace of Bass: Many Badmen Will Have Gone Insane

Haha, ShadowsFallen, nothing bright about him.

Jawaharal
December 15th 2005


1832 Comments


Haha, ShadowsFallen, nothing bright about him.

Cravinov, nothing constructive about him.

Storm In A Teacup
December 15th 2005


13157 Comments


pwnage

Shadows
Moderator
February 17th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It doesn't matter. Cradle of Filth is one of my favorite bands so I don't understand why you're getting so fucking worked up over this.

Neoteric
February 18th 2006


3243 Comments


This CD sounds interesting.

Shadows
Moderator
February 18th 2006


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Chryxtolf]I'm not worked up over you specifically, it's everyone on this site thinks that genres of music are more important than the music itself. I'm just sick of people going around saying: "What, Cradle can actuall pull off a pinch harmonic, and can actually play something other than a blast beat?! Oh god, that's not real Black Metal!" So, it's not you, so don't take offense, but I just didn't like how you base Black Metal around that definition. My point was not to attack you, but to just point out how stereotypes are really Phucking up everything. This whole page was just one big argument on what genre COF fits into. Hardly any of it is about the CeeDee. Sorry if I pissed you off Shadowsfallen.[/QUOTE]
It's okay, I feel the same way. I'd much rather call them extreme metal and be done with it, but I guess at heart I'm a genre nazi and can't let it go when a band is mislabeled (or what I think is mislabeled).



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