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Review: Dusk and Her Embrace by Symphonic Black Metal Band Cradle of Filth

Updated on May 25, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

A brief introduction to the band Cradle of Filth

Cradle of Filth is a British symphonic black metal band formed in 1991. Dusk and Her Embrace is the band’s 2nd studio album that I began listening to in the years 1998 through 2001. Symphonic black metal is basically black metal that uses lots of keyboards and there is orchestration involved.

Track Listing for "Dusk and Her Embrace"

  1. Humana Inspired to Nightmare
  2. Heaven Torn Asunder
  3. Funeral in Carpathia
  4. A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil’s Whore)
  5. Malice Through the Looking Glass
  6. Dusk and Her Embrace
  7. The Graveyard By Moonlight
  8. Beauty Slept in Sodom
  9. Haunted Shores

The album cover for Dusk and Her Embrace


Dusk and her Embrace: The Beginning

The opening track Humana Inspired to Nightmare is a short orchestrated classically influenced instrumental that sets the symphonic tone for the album. Heaven Torn Asunder starts with the sound of rain falling and a screeching vocal sound along with some deep grunts. On the drums for this 1996 album is Nicholas Barker who also played drums for Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir. There is a time change in the song with the bass being more audible and the keyboard sounds also being mixed into the music to create a brief nice contrast.

Funeral in Carpathia is One of the Most Melodic Songs in the History of Cradle of Filth

Funeral in Carpathia is one of the strongest songs in the album that starts with the thundering drums that you will hear certain bands play. There is a very melodic part in the 2.5 minute mark that you will want to hear again and again. There is a definite female vocal presence in the album as she chants “never leave me.” The song also has an Iron Maiden influence in certain parts. How did I get to the point where I was listening to black metal from England? I was just exposed to it many years ago in the early 2000’s. The biggest drawback to albums from this band is the cat like screeching vocals by Daniel Davey that are impossible to figure out. This may be my last article about a British based heavy metal band for a while. The reason is that in my musical exploration journey, other genres of music are more appealing to me in 2017.

Note it is now 2019 and albums like Dusk and Her Embrace are a welcome addition to your listening experience on rainy, overcast days because of the dark nature of the album.

"Funeral in Carpathia"

Dusk and Her Embrace...The Rest of the Songs and Lyrical Themes

The lyrics of this band are dark in nature referring to ghosts and other evil spirits. However, they differ from Dimmu Borgir because their lyrics are not about Satanism or hell. Malice Through the Looking Glass shows more of the band’s melody and this is certainly something that should be praised. Dusk and Her Embrace has a part where Daniel chants those exact words and there is an operatic part. This could have easily been part of a video game and it would have enhanced the quality of that game. After a short instrumental song called The Graveyard By Moonlight where there is a keyboard tapping sound and the sound of air blowing, we have the song called Beauty Slept in Sodom. The song is basically about witchcraft and someone that is trying to deal with the fact that they have passed on and they are asking for relief from their anguished soul.

Final thoughts on the album Dusk and Her Embrace

Overall, Dusk and Her Embrace is a good album and fans just getting into this band can try to listen to this album first. However, Cradle of Filth would get better with their next two albums Cruelty and the Beast and Midian. The best songs in this second album are Funeral in Carpathia, Malice Through the Looking Glass, Dusk and Her Embrace, and Beauty Slept in Sodom.

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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