Rating:
9.0
Cradle Of Filth - Damnation And A Day
2003


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


When Cradle Of Filth announced they had signed a deal with the major label Sony, cries of sell out could be heard throughout the black metal community. Some fans have even gone as far as mourning the one great C.O.F. before hearing a single note of the new album! But with eight highly influential releases emerging from their previous label Music For Nations, and sales of over one million albums worldwide certified, the time had come to move up to the level, or simply remain at the same status quo. C.O.F. simply chose to push the limits and see just how successful black metal could possibly become within popular culture. The two years since their last studio album [2000's Midian] has been anything but quiet for the C.O.F. fan, with a mini album [2001's Bitter Suites To Succubi], a best of retrospective [2002's Lovecraft A Witch Hearts] and a live album [2002's Live Bait For The Dead] keeping the fan base tided over till the next monumental opus was finally released.

The term 'monumental? is a huge understatement when trying to describe the full effect Damnation And A Day has on the first couple of listens! Seventeen tracks with a combined total of seventy-seven minutes of pure black metal is a bold statement of intent in anyone's language! As has been the case since C.O.F. inception in 1991, the band has had casualties in the line up since their last outing. Joining vocalist Dani Filth are guitarist Paul Allender, keyboardist Martin Powell, drummer Adrian Erlandsson, and newcomer bassist Dave Pybus [formerly of Anathema]. After the short introduction piece ?A Bruise Upon The Moon?, C.O.F. set listeners at ease with the unholiest of black noise in ?The Promise Of Fear?. Operatic session vocalist Sarah Jezebel Deva is clearly audible throughout the maelstrom and chaos [and throughout the album for that matter], which brings a familiar comfort. There's an emphasis on melody throughout the album, but is still the heaviest album C.O.F. have released to date. Good examples of those moments appear in ?Hurt And Virtue?, ?Better To Reign In Hell?, ?Presents from The Poison-Hearted? and the lead of D.V.D. single ?Babalon A.D. [So Glad For The Suffering]?. There's some vocal experimentation in ?Mannequin? and Serpent Tongue?, while the use of the forty piece orchestra and thirty-two piece choir from Budapest [Hungary] is evident all the way through the whole concept album [particularly in ?Damned In Any Language [A Plague On Words]? and ?A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season?].

In the past, C.O.F.'s visual aspect sometimes overshadowed their musical output. ?Damnation And A Day? is a bold move for C.O.F., which works on every level, and will surely finally silence critics who believe them to be no more that style over substance.


Band profile: Cradle Of Filth
Album: Damnation And A Day


 


written by Justin | 10.09.2003


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Warman - 01.06.2006 at 17:51  
Great review! Although I would've give it 10! This is an amazing album and my first CoF album. Had only heard a part from "Her Ghost in the Fog" before I bought it and I thought it was good. I bought the album cause it was very cheap and I wanted to have an opinion about CoF. And what an opinion this album gave me! My favourite album!
dark awakening - 02.06.2006 at 10:24  
Good review. I agree with you saying that this is a great album. But, for me, the rating is too high.
Linak - 03.06.2006 at 06:09  
I actually liked this album quite a bit, it was the last album that in my opinion was still worth a shot, anyway, yeah, this is a good album, good review 2
The Damned - 14.06.2006 at 21:29  
This album was alright although I prefer their older works I wish they could go back to their true Black Metal glory days... but none the less Cradle Of Filth remains one of my favorite bands and they always will be... good review although I would have given it about a 7.5 or 8...
Rider Of Theli - 16.07.2006 at 05:11  
i picked this cd and to be honest this was my 1st C.O.F cd....but who knew it be a Bitchin cd ..i loved the creativity they added to thier music on this album...and the whole Choir and Orchestra just added more creativity..i now own all thier albums and this one of my faves...can't wait for "Thornography"..C.O.F !!!:banger2:
apoct - 22.09.2006 at 00:56  
Second CoF album I heard (after Midian) and it borders the worst on par with Nymphetamine (though Thornography still does have a chance for the lead with that emo fag "feat." The Byronic Man). Honestly, Anything after Cruelty and the Beast just pisses me off. Midian had some good moments but that was it. Dusk and Her Embrace and V Empire are easily the best. Buy the first four releases (including V, NOT including Midian) and you will agree CoF deserves to be shot for shitting over all their hard work over the years. One of the first symphonic black metal bands and all....Dani, you piece of shit.
Baz Anderson - 22.09.2006 at 01:07  
of course older albums are better - but this album is a lot better then people give it credit for
this is a brilliant album that although sounds rather clean, is very entertaining for the full seventy odd minutes
Paganblood - 04.03.2007 at 09:33  
the ratings 7.5 would have suited this album,there are only a few good songs and unneccessary instrumentals.
Empty Spaces - 06.03.2007 at 23:43  
After listening to Nymphetamine and some songs from Thornagraphy, Damnation and a Day actually sounds very brutal!!:P I think that with this album, they went back to the Cruelty and the Beast sound (wich I like) There are some very good songs like "Carrion" and "Better to Reign in Hell". It takes a few listens to really like it...
Christ_13 - 13.04.2007 at 22:38  
Good review.. this album is great, like all the other albuns, except Thornography :p
Sepulchre - 16.04.2008 at 05:02  
Good review. This was my first album from COF and its what got me into them. Not my favorite COF album, but great none-the-less.
Marcel Hubregtse - 13.07.2008 at 19:18  
Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
According to your reasoning everyone should love most metal. Guess what? Tastes differ.
Slayer666 - 09.01.2009 at 12:26  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.07.2008 at 19:18

Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Donald Duck? And who would you rather have as their vocalist? Eminem?
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2009 at 12:28  
Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:26

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.07.2008 at 19:18

Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Donald Duck? And who would you rather have as their vocalist? Eminem?


Someone that could actually sing and not sound like a Duck
Slayer666 - 09.01.2009 at 12:31  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:28

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:26

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.07.2008 at 19:18

Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Donald Duck? And who would you rather have as their vocalist? Eminem?


Someone that could actually sing and not sound like a Duck

Yeah, sorry to burst your bubble and everything, but clear "singing" vocals don't fit in their style.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2009 at 12:33  
Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:31

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:28

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:26

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.07.2008 at 19:18

Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Donald Duck? And who would you rather have as their vocalist? Eminem?


Someone that could actually sing and not sound like a Duck

Yeah, sorry to burst your bubble and everything, but clear "singing" vocals don't fit in their style.


On Damnation and a Day it would suit them imo. But even I would even prefer other shriekers to the abominable noises Dani produces. So, get someone else in the band to do the vocals and let Dani focus on what he's best in, namely, writing lyrics.
Slayer666 - 09.01.2009 at 12:35  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:33

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:31

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:28

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:26

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.07.2008 at 19:18

Written by Guest on 13.07.2008 at 19:15

listening to this album, I can't understand why metalheads would hate this band. They play metal. It's heavy, well written and epic.

I always liked a quote from the back of their (shoddily recorded) "Peace Through Superior Firepower" DVD: "If you don't like this band, you don't know shit about fuck.".


Yes they play haevy, it is heavy, well-written and epic. But why I hate it is because they have Donald Duck on vocals. Would they have had a proper vocalist I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Donald Duck? And who would you rather have as their vocalist? Eminem?


Someone that could actually sing and not sound like a Duck

Yeah, sorry to burst your bubble and everything, but clear "singing" vocals don't fit in their style.


On Damnation and a Day it would suit them imo. But even I would even prefer other shriekers to the abominable noises Dani produces. So, get someone else in the band to do the vocals and let Dani focus on what he's best in, namely, writing lyrics.

I don't know why do you have such a problem with that. Feels great. The guy kicks ass.
One more thing, I don't really understand does Dani write only lyrics or the music too?
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2009 at 12:39  
Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:35


I don't know why do you have such a problem with that. Feels great. The guy kicks ass.
One more thing, I don't really understand does Dani write only lyrics or the music too?


You're not the only one that has a problem with Dani's vocals. Btw, I also have rpoblems with Chuck's vocals on The SOund Of Perseverance and on the Control Denied album. And there I am one of the few as well.
I am not sure of he writes music as well. I think he does, btw.
Slayer666 - 09.01.2009 at 12:44  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:39

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:35


I don't know why do you have such a problem with that. Feels great. The guy kicks ass.
One more thing, I don't really understand does Dani write only lyrics or the music too?


You're not the only one that has a problem with Dani's vocals. Btw, I also have rpoblems with Chuck's vocals on The SOund Of Perseverance and on the Control Denied album. And there I am one of the few as well.
I am not sure of he writes music as well. I think he does, btw.

As for Chuck, I'm having a problem with the whole band. Only their first album is worth something and others have way too much Progresive influences for my taste.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2009 at 12:46  
Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:44

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:39

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:35


I don't know why do you have such a problem with that. Feels great. The guy kicks ass.
One more thing, I don't really understand does Dani write only lyrics or the music too?


You're not the only one that has a problem with Dani's vocals. Btw, I also have rpoblems with Chuck's vocals on The SOund Of Perseverance and on the Control Denied album. And there I am one of the few as well.
I am not sure of he writes music as well. I think he does, btw.

As for Chuck, I'm having a problem with the whole band. Only their first album is worth something and others have way too much Progresive influences for my taste.


A bit more off-topicness... too much progressive influences on Leprosy That one is pure old school death metal as well. I can understand people not liking the stuff after for the progressive influences which turned them into a non-death metal band within a couple of albums.
Slayer666 - 09.01.2009 at 12:51  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:46

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:44

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2009 at 12:39

Written by Slayer666 on 09.01.2009 at 12:35


I don't know why do you have such a problem with that. Feels great. The guy kicks ass.
One more thing, I don't really understand does Dani write only lyrics or the music too?


You're not the only one that has a problem with Dani's vocals. Btw, I also have rpoblems with Chuck's vocals on The SOund Of Perseverance and on the Control Denied album. And there I am one of the few as well.
I am not sure of he writes music as well. I think he does, btw.

As for Chuck, I'm having a problem with the whole band. Only their first album is worth something and others have way too much Progresive influences for my taste.


A bit more off-topicness... too much progressive influences on Leprosy That one is pure old school death metal as well. I can understand people not liking the stuff after for the progressive influences which turned them into a non-death metal band within a couple of albums.

You're right..... Maybe I just don't like Leprosy the way it is... And, how dumb is the name? It's like they named it "Rash" or "Cancer" or something....
Deadmeat - 09.05.2009 at 23:41  
This album has some really great songs and also some other really mediocre.
DreadfulYgg - 07.01.2010 at 08:14  
It wouldn't be Cradle of Filth without Dani. As much as some people may not care for him, he's one of the big reasons this band sounds as unique as it does.
Immortal - 07.01.2010 at 08:56  
Written by Deadmeat on 09.05.2009 at 23:41

This album has some really great songs and also some other really mediocre.

Yeah, I agree. I think the only really decent songs are 'Carrion' and 'Mannequin'.
AngelofDeth - 22.04.2012 at 02:06  
For some reason this is the one album im missing by them...
Gonna get it tonite. oh and btw, CoF doesnt exactly fall into the BM category.

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