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Release date: 1 November 2010
Style: Extreme gothic metal, Symphonic metal


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"Fan Edition" Version

Disc I
01. The Cult Of Venus Aversa
02. One Foul Step From The Abyss
03. The Nun With The Astral Habit
04. Retreat Of The Sacred Heart
05. The Persecution Song
06. Deceiving Eyes
07. Lilith Immaculate
08. The Spawn Of Love And War
09. Harlot On A Pedestal
10. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)
11. Beyond Eleventh Hour

Disc II [bonus]
01. Beast Of Extermination
02. Truth And Agony
03. Adest Rosa Secreta Eros
04. Mistress From The Sucking Pit
05. Behind The Jagged Mountains
06. The Cult Of Venus Aversa [demo]
07. The Nun With The Astral Habit [demo]
08. Deceiving Eyes [demo]

Disc III [dvd]
01. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) Promo Video
02. Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned) Video Making Of

Reviews (2)
Lyrics (16)

Additional info
Release dates:
Europe: 22 October
N. America: 9 November

Exclusive "Fan Edition" release also contains:
- 64-page hard-back book containing band photos, musings and artwork
- an exclusive t-shirt
- a lenticular 3D version of the album cover art ready for framing
- photographic prints
- a certificate from the band

Staff review by

There are musical formulas that never become exhausted. Bands that choose such formulas as basis for their works enjoy long-lasting, successful careers. No fan requires any change in their musical direction, everyone is universally happy if such a band releases another album that fits into the band's template. Among classic bands that fit this description are AC/DC, Motörhead, Slayer, to name just a few that immediately spring to mind.

published 03.11.2010 | Comments (78)

Guest review by

Cradle Of Filth are a band that have performed a slow but legendary downfall. And they managed to rise like a phoenix from its ash, but faster than any phoenix could. Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is now the second count in their rise and still has something to add in terms of speed, darkness and pure blasting metal. This record is once more a concept album and deals with the demoness Lilith, which happened to be the first wife of Adam in the book of Genesis. But we are here to talk about music, so let's get into it!

published 12.07.2011 | Comments (12)

Staff pick by
Baz Anderson

02.12.2010 Love them or hate them, Cradle Of Filth are back with their most extreme album since Cruelty And The Beast. The band are still the modern force you have come to terms with of recent years, but the band have gone up yet another gear with this release.

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Pathosray - 15.12.2010 at 02:56  
Rating: 10 I think this is their best album together with Midian and Godspeed. Even if the concept is pretty much impossible to follow through the lyrics, wich nontheless are very hunting and interesting, Dani's vocals are evergreen, and mach more audible than the first albums -wich I dont like all that much for that reason- and it has speed beyond imagination, violence and those catchy bits that never hurt. I wish I'd bought the deluxe edition...
sbgmetal - 24.12.2010 at 22:24  
  The drumming is off the hook!
Nocturno-Inculto - 25.01.2011 at 21:51  
Rating: 7 I do not know, but this album "Darkly Darkly..." for me is very dissapointing. It is the same things of the last album. It has a great production, great sound, but any song seams really interesting. The whole album is catchy, I know, but, I could not find any amazing song, just parts of a good album, but nothing else.
For me, the Thornography album seems more interesting than this brand new. At lest they were more original!
Vonpire - 26.01.2011 at 14:07  
Rating: 10 O_o ??

Thornography better than this?? OMG!
s_t_s - 08.05.2011 at 16:24  
Rating: 8 It's a nice album with rich compositions, not like the "old" CoF albums but hey we're all growing older I still prefer Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder tho which seem more solid but this is a nice album too. I don't think we'll ever see albums like Midian or Cruelty and The Beast but like I saod before, it's evolution... Like it or not.
Cynic Metalhead - 01.09.2011 at 16:04  
Rating: 5 Its far better than "Thornography" but I still go for Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder.
musicalkaratekid - 27.09.2011 at 00:31  
Rating: 7 With the exception of Forgive me father...(A track that i consider to be the weakest song of the album) this album is solid, and certainly one of COF's best in the 21st Century. Mind you,when i first listened to this record,i absolutely hated it for some reason. But this album is indeed a grower, because, as is the case with Cradle of filth these days, albums like this need more than one listen to fully take in what's happening. And even then its either a love/hate kinda thing.
kaspair - 15.11.2011 at 00:14  
Rating: 9 Lilith Immaculate and Beast Of Extermination

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