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Cradle Of Filth
Dusk and Her Embrace (Fierce Recodings)

By: Dr David M. Mallison

Cradle Of Filth's second release is simply marvelous... (Did you really expect me to right an article about how bad an album is lest they come and kill me?) The sextet combines Goth and Death/Black Metal, using keyboardist Damien's (the only guy in the band with out black hair...well, except the guy who has no hair) as a tool for setting the atmospherical atmosphere (nah, that aint redundant). He marveously orchestrates peices of music that without, quite frankly, the rest of the song(s) would seem empty, boring, and not all that entertaining to listen to. Not to say that the rest of the band are not talented musicians! Dani's vocals alternate smoothly from a deep growl to a piercing shriek similiar to a dog whistle. Stuart's and Gian's guitars are well orchestrated and smooth, never a pain to listen to. Nicks relentless drumming and Robin's appealing and suprisingly noticable bass back it up, topped with a female vocalist, who should be considered part of the band, but isnt.

I am afraid I cannot compare it to there first album, as I have not heard it, nor do I even know what the title is! Even though this is very.....brutal metal I havent acquired a single headache from it (even if you do I suggest just going to sleep, thats what I do when something bothers me). The lyrics are very poetic, and the album graphics are most excellant (there is a special suprise which I will not reveal but I will give you a hint: Few CDs have it). There is one bad point though, the inside doesnt smell like anything. I have never met (you didnt know you could meet CDs did you) a CD that actually did smell like anything inside. Maybe books could teach them a lesson. Anyhow, if you are a fan of spooky dark metal I suggest this. Ok.... Bye.

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