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Release date: 24 February 1994
Style: Symphonic black metal


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01. Darkness Our Bride (Jugular Wedding)
02. The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh
03. The Forest Whispers My Name
04. Iscariot
05. The Black Goddess Rises
06. One Final Graven Kiss
07. A Crescendo Of Passion Bleeding
08. To Eve The Art Of Witchcraft
09. Of Mist And Midnight Skies
10. In Secret Love We Drown
11. A Dream Of Wolves In The Snow
12. Summer Dying Fast
13. Imperium Tenebrarum

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Daniel Lloyd Davey - vocals
Benjamin Ryan - keyboards
Paul Ryan - guitars
Paul Allender - guitars
Nicholas Howard Barker - drums
Robin Mark Eaglestone - bass

Guest musicians
Darren "Daz" J. White - vocals
Frater Nihil - vocals
Andrea "Nebelhexë" Meyer Haugen - vocals
Soror Proselenos - cello

Additional info
Recorded in the Autumn Twilight 1993 e.h.
Mixed and produced by Mags at Academy Studios.
Mastered by Nilesh ay The Exchange.
Cover photography by Chris Bell. With art direction by Nigel Wingrove.
All music by Cradle Of Filth. All lyrics by Dani.

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Everyone knows about the great Cradle of Filth, yet many don't like them. Don't know why. Some can't stand their vocalist, Dani Filth, and others have only heard the recent, commercialized albums (Nymphetamine, and that abomination Thornography). Anyway, I am not here to discuss that. Personaly, they are my all-time favourite band, and this album is a show of Dani Filth's musical mastermind!

published 08.01.2009 | Comments (17)

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musicalkaratekid - 28.01.2012 at 02:46  
Rating: 9 An interesting album in many ways, not least because the vocals here sound completely different to that of COF's latest releases. Mind you, i prefer both dani filth's and andrea's vocals to anything released after. Sarah jezebal deva, i am afraid to say (and i may be bombarded with hate by some COF fans at saying this) is ridiculously overrated. A personal favourite of mine this album is, though the point knocked off was due to the fact that there are too many 'interludes' on the album. 'Outro' (or 'Imperium Tenebrarum') is actually a poor closer to be honest, but the glorifying powerful opener more than makes up for it.
METALOZON - 05.01.2013 at 12:36  
Rating: 9 This album is one of their best, if not the best. It's such an awesome black metal album. It's completely different from the next ones. I just love the style of this album more than any other style COF ever did. A 7.9 rating does not give justice to this album. So I must take drastic measures and give it a 10 !
metalfan1999 - 04.11.2015 at 21:58  
Rating: 10 Is it just me or do the vocals on here sound a little like the vocals of Varg Vikernes (at some parts). I really like his vocal style on this one.
metalfan1999 - 25.12.2015 at 17:11  
Rating: 10 In my opinion this album is their best. It is a mixture of death metal, black metal and gothic metal. In addition to that, it is rawer than the others and does not have Sarah on it (she can sometimes be really annoying). It also has less singing in the background. There are symphonic elements in there, but they don't overtake the harsh music, which is great as well. I don't even mind the instrumentals that much (they are okay, but not great, except the opening track). The opening track Darkness Our Bride (Jugular Wedding) is a great instrumental track, which gives you a nice dark feel. Lastly Dani Filth's vocal style is my favourite on this album. His screams are epic (they got a lot of power and fit the music well) and his "normal harsh" vocals are somewhere between a death rasp and higher black metal vocals (which I like very much). Overall he makes more use of the low/mid range, which is nice, since it suits his vocals more than the constant annoying falsetto (I think he uses falsetto) he does on other albums. This album is the band's transition from death metal to a more black metal oriented style. Therefore, Dani's vocals are not as high probably. I just love the fact that the rawness and evilness of black metal gets mixed with the brutality and sometimes even grooviness of death metal and with a bit of gothic and symphonic elements increase the "darkness effect." I wished the would have continued with this style. Dusk is their second best album, because it is the only album where his annoying new vocal style (used after this album) actually fits the atmosphere (the scream in Heaven Torn Asunder is Epic). I think V Empire is a little overrated, but nevertheless it is very good. This version of The Forest Whispers My Name is better than the one on V Empire.

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