- I. Fantasia Down: A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon
- I. Fantasia Down: A Promise of Fever
- I. Fantasia Down: Hurt and Virtue
- I. Fantasia Down: An Enemy Led the Tempest
- II. Paradise Lost: Damined in Any Language (A Plague on Words)
- II. Paradise Lost: Better to Reign in Hell
- II. Paradise Lost: Serpent Tongue
- II. Paradise Lost: Carrion
- III. Sewer Side Up: The Mordent Liquor of Tears
- III. Sewer Side Up: Presents from the Poison-Hearted
- III. Sewer Side Up: Doberman Pharaoh
- III. Sewer Side Up: Babalon A.D. (So Glad for the Madness)
- IV. The Scented Garden: A Scarlet Witch Lit the Season
- IV. The Scented Garden: Mannequin
- IV. The Scented Garden: Thank God for the Suffering
- IV. The Scented Garden: The Smoke of Her Burning
- IV. The Scented Garden: End of Daze
What if a black metal band with a penchant for performance art and symphony-sized stage shows got a major label to back up and fund its perverted vision of apocalypse? The result would be something like Damnation and a Day, a metal album that features a 40-piece orchestra and 32-piece choir, but is still definitely extreme-sounding and can in no way be viewed as a sellout. Cradle of Filth was called a sellout long before they hooked up with Sony. Hardcore black metalers thought their stage show was too cartoony and Alice Cooper-like. That's true in a way -- the band's delivery of dark music comes filtered through a show that's more Cirque du Soleil than satanic. If any black metal band was ever going to be in league with the Beelzebub-owned music industry, it was Cradle of Filth. So not surprisingly, for their major-label debut the filthy ones have come up with a sprawling, 77-minute-long record. It has some grand-sounding moments and is recorded cleanly, with the symphonic and operatic elements being perhaps its best. But it is endless, and only a true Filth fan could tell one song from another. The song titles include "A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon," "The Promise of Fever," and "The Mordant Liquor of Tears," and obviously they are trying for something truly portentous with Damnation and a Day -- but it's a mess. Perhaps someone more level-headed at the record label or a gifted producer could have turned this into a record with real songs. As it is, it's a taxing, less-than-monumental work that won't win them many new mainstream fans, if that's at all what they had in mind.
|Label:||Red Int / Red Ink|
Performance CreditsCradle of Filth Primary Artist
Dani Filth Readings,Yells
Martin Foul Voices
Dave McEwen Narrator
David Pubis Voices
Technical CreditsDoug Cook Producer
Daniel Presley Arranger
Cradle of Filth Producer
John Coulthart Illustrations
Budapest Film Choir Contributor
Budapest Film Orchestra Contributor
Madame Slam Contributor
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Damnation and a Day based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
One of the best CD's in my collection.
this cd is awesome you could listen to it without skipping a song!!
When I read about how some fans did not like this Cd, I wasn't going to believe anything till I bought the cd and heard it for myself. I, being a longed-time fanatic adore this cd. The orchestra sounds simply glorious, and creates the dark tone, that extra spook in the songs. You'll enjoy it as much as I did. Its one of my favourite cd's.
I read so many negative reviews about this cd that I almost hesitated to buy it! I expected some unintelligible cacophonous mess, and thankfully there is NONE of that on this cd. The tracks are done well, even though the production still is not pristine. The orchestra and choir elements blend perfectly with some of the most vicious, intense, riffing and double bass you've come to expect from this band. Dani's singing is more grounded and he really unleashes some gutteral screams as well as his notorious usual reportoire. The material here requires your attention, but its not too "dense" to where its not enjoyable. The booklet is well done with CG imagery befitting the cd's concept. Dont buy into the "theyve sold out" mudslinging, give this cd a chance and you will enjoy it.