(8/10) Twenty one years after the originally planned release date, Cradle Of Filth's sophomore album "Dusk and Her Embrace" was published by Cacophoneous Records. In case you think that this album has been revealed already, you're right. Due to problems with the label and bigger changes with the line-up "Dusk and Her Embrace" was re-recorded and released by Music For Nations in 1996.
This version is the original album that was put on ice after having been recorded. Therefore it enters the market now as "Dusk and Her Embrace: The Original Sin".
This moment is a very exciting one, at least for Cradle Of Filth fans, since it shows the band in an early state, a time when black metal was growing, leaving the underground and gaining more momentum.
"Dusk and Her Embrace: The Original Sin" is reflecting this period very well. The tracklist is almost the same on both albums (new and old), with the exception of "Nocturnal Supremacy" being on this album instead of "Malice Through the Looking Glass".
This album version is kept more raw and wild compared to the 1996 release. It is more basic, showing the energy that sits in black metal. Dani Filth is screaming and yelling if there would be no tomorrow, guitars are heavy and puristic and the rhythm section delivers a constant push. At the same time Cradle Of Filth added already at this early stage bombastic sound elements that got more attention on the later releases. And just listening to the embedded classical female vocals on the title track gives you the shivers, it's almost a goth expression that Cradle Of Filth included in this track.
For me, both versions have it's right of existence. The 1996 album is more professionally produced which gives the tunes a better sound while the original one is raw, unbound and brutal. It's has more of this underground vibe that makes it special. "The Original' is a mean black metal masterpiece that come right out of hell.
- Macabre, this Banquet
- Nocturnal Supremacey
- Heaven Torn Asunder
- Dusk and Her Embrace
- A Gothic Romance
- The Graveyard by Midnight
- Funeral in Carpathia
- Beauty Slept in Sodom
- The Haunted Shors of Avalon
- Carmilla's Masque
- A Gothic Romace (Demo version)
- Nocturnal Supremacy (Demo version)
Label: Cacophonous Records
Genre: Black Metal
Release Date EU: July 8th, 2016