Cradle Of Filth are a band from the United Kingdom that h as been featured before in this zine and is the worlds most well known symphonic black metal band and this is a review of the original and unreleased version of "Dusk And her Embrace" that never got released as was eventually re-recorded and the album will be released in July by Cacophonous Records.
A very dark, epic and symphonic sound starts off the album and after the intro the music goes into a heavier direction while also retaining the symphonic elements and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the vocals are high pitched black metal screams and the music also adds in a touch of goth.
You can also hear a great amount of melody in the guitar riffing while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and operatic female vocals along with spoken word parts are also added into certain sections of the recording and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
In some parts of the songs a small amount of whispers can be heard and when growls are utilized it also adds a slight death metal influence onto the recording while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic style and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and some songs also bring in a small amount of violins and a lot of the fast riffs also use a great amount of tremolo picking and on the demo tracks a brief use of Gregorian chants can be heard.
On this recording Cradle Of Filth expanded on the style of t he first full length and started taking their style in a different direction and this original version has more of a rougher style than the re-recording which was released and made the band more popular in the day, the production sounds very professional w hile the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Gothic Horror themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding recording from Cradle Of Filth lost in the days and if you are a fan of this band, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nocturnal Supremacy" "A Gothic Romance" "Funeral In Carpathia" and "The Haunted Shoes Of Avalon". 8 out of 10.