Cradle of Filth
Damnation and a Day


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
December 22nd, 2005 | 92 replies | 16,946 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


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In times of peace, all was well in the kingdom of heaven. The angel Lucifer stood by the side of God, second only to the Creator’s own son. He had eminence over the hordes of angels in the kingdom of light and was revered by his own kind. Yet Lucifer could not help but feel envious to the love that God showed for his son, the Christ. Assembled at a heavenly host, God made it so that Christ was equal to Himself. When God was present, His son was present; when the son was present, He was present, and together they would carry out divine will. As the angels bowed before the King, one heart was full of hatred. Lucifer assembled his own angelic host to show the angels that a ruler had been granted power over them, thus depriving them of their liberty. With Lucifer at the head, the angels rebelled against God, the highest crime. War reigned in heaven as God fought with the legions of Satan. The angel that was once Lucifer was cast down to the earth with his followers. God decided that man must first prove himself before entering the kingdom, and Satan was left to dwell among man.

“…and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…"

As God had exiled Lucifer in light of betrayal, Cradle of Filth’s Damnation and a Day tells the story through his eyes with a vicious backing. Through treacherous shrieks, brutal riffs, lightning fast drums, and serene melodies, Cradle of Filth reveals their most epic of albums as a diverse release with a dark tale. The music seems to follow the theme as it soars through their heaviest riffs, their most technical playing, a new symphonic atmosphere credited to a 32-piece orchestra from Budapest, and a beautiful achievement of melody through lead riffs and clean guitars. Damnation is easily their most experimental record to date, and Cradle of Filth managed to achieve a distinctive vibe to their sound that no other album of their’s possessed.

The key to understanding Damnation comes from knowing the theme. The album is retelling the story of Satan’s fall (chapters one and two tell of the fall, while three and four tell of his workings on earth) and the music seems to strongly reflect this premise. Dani’s lyrics are as inspiring as ever creating an album rich in imagery.

The brutality of this album is merely one of its many dimensions. The guitars are tuned lower and produce a heavy, menacing tone. The music may seem unusually low when The Promise of Fever comes crashing in after a voice tells of darkness, but rest assured, this trait is well-received through the entire album. They do occasional place chugging as their main goal such as An Enemy Led the Tempest or Babalon AD, but the guitars hold an excellent rhythm without falling into low C string abusing. Songs driven by heaviness like Smoke of Her Burning and others seem reminiscent of the Midian era. Outside of Midian, Damntion is easily the hardest hitting album from Cradle of Filth, with a forceful sound. The orchestra supporting the band adds to the demonic edge that album plays, and Dani Filth is no angel. Expect to be shot out of a cannon only to land on a soft bed of lead guitar playing.

Yet as heavy as the album is, it’s true charm comes from the contrast with melodic leads and clean interludes. The unusual vibe mentioned above is produced from those blissful moments. From the drum and orchestra breaks in Carrion to the beautiful clean guitars of Doberman Pharaoh, this album is melodic in ways that no other Cradle of Filth album has been. Combining the brutality with the melody yields even better results. Hurt and Virtue and Mannequin are full metal lead-guitar driven melodic masterpieces that never fail to capture attention. Each of the five instrumental tracks also adds greatly to the feel of the album, often sounding like they were lifted from a depressing scene in Final Fantasy VII. Every song on Damnation rolls together to form one large theatrical showing and creates an sensation so unexplainable that only a full 17-track listen can convey the idea (similar to the Matrix).

"…and the Great Dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world, he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him."

Even when a major label may have spelled trouble for this metal band, Cradle of Filth cut nothing from their sound for mass appeal. Rather, they added something completely unexpected to make a very creative record. The orchestra was an excellent addition to add atmosphere to the music and create a serene melodic background. The result was 77 minutes of creative, interesting metal. Heavy yet beautiful, technical yet straightforward, Damnation and a Day

Recommended listening:
I. Hurt and Virtue
II. Carrion
III. Doberman Pharaoh
III. Babalon AD (So Glad for the Madness)
IV. Mannequin



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Toaster
December 22nd 2005



343 Comments


Nice review. I don't like what I've heard of CoF, but you've always been convincing when praising them. Good work.

Storm In A Teacup
December 22nd 2005



12687 Comments


Great review, don't actually remember how much different it is from the old one though.


I'm taking your advice to heart and I'm actually fairly excited about my CoF review now. I think that when it is complete it will be possibly one of my best. I still have to work on it a lot.

Shadows
Moderator
December 22nd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you very much people. I used to hate this album, but it has grown on me. It's one of my favorite Cradle of Filth albums. It has a feel to it that none of their other albums had.

[QUOTE=Kripes]Great review, don't actually remember how much different it is from the old one though.[/QUOTE]
The old one was completely different.This Message Edited On 12.22.05

innerdark
December 22nd 2005



749 Comments


and thus Lucifer wass exiled from heaven...

nice review, liked the lecifer prologue of the review

masada
December 22nd 2005



2733 Comments


Another concept album?

Ugh.

innerdark
December 22nd 2005



749 Comments


another dumb comment from nick>

Ugh.

Shadows
Moderator
December 22nd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you everyone.

The concept of this album was great, and I think the story intertwined with the music very well. I love what they did here.

Thor
December 22nd 2005



10176 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Your side quotes make it awesome!

masada
December 22nd 2005



2733 Comments


The quotes are still messed up for me.

Stupid Windows ME

Storm In A Teacup
December 22nd 2005



12687 Comments


Me too, but I just ignored it.

Shadows
Moderator
December 22nd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The quotes are a little tempramental. They look perfect for me, but different browsers can affect it.

This is for everyone: (heart)This Message Edited On 12.22.05

Aakon_Keetreh
December 22nd 2005



448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can somebody send me the good songs.

destined_for_destruction@hotmail.com

Killtacular
December 23rd 2005



1314 Comments


I don't really like what little I've heard of this album.

Good review. You sure do like to give away 4.5's, don't you?

Shadows
Moderator
December 23rd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Me? No, I just stick to albums I like. I do plenty of non-4.5's.

I do love this album though.

Neoteric
December 24th 2005



3243 Comments


I find this album REALLY hard to get into, I think it's because of all the instrumentals and such.

Neoteric
February 18th 2006



3243 Comments


I'm starting to like a few songs on the album, I would have given it a 2 a week ago but it's a 3.5 for me now.

Diabulus in musica
February 24th 2006



485 Comments


ive only listened to nymphetamine (album) and is great...im gonna give this a listen to see whats up with these dude...hope is like nymphetamine, or better

Storm In A Teacup
February 24th 2006



12687 Comments


I want this.This Message Edited On 02.24.06

Shadows
Moderator
February 24th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Then go get it! If you like Nymphetamine you'll definitely like this.

Diabulus in musica
February 24th 2006



485 Comments


yeeeeeeah....nymphetamine kicked ass, specially the song...definitelly, ill go check this out



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