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Damnation & a Day Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN: B00008PC0R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
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1. A Bruise Upon The Silent Moon
2. The Promise Of Fever
3. Hurt and Virtue
4. An Enemy Led The Tempest
5. Damned In Any Language (A Plague On Words)
6. Better To Reign In Hell
7. Serpent Tounge
8. Carrion
9. The Mordant Liquor Of Tears
10. Presents From The Poison Hearted
11. Doberman (Pharoah)
12. Babalon A.D. (So Glad For The Madness)
13. A Scarlet Witch Lit The Season
14. Mannequin
15. Thank God For The Suffering
16. The Smoke Of Her Burning
17. End Of Daze

Product Description


Damnation and a Day is the first album from Cradle of Filth that matches the group's monolithic musical ambitions. And it's no disappointment as they use their new-found major label muscle to excessive effect. Accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra and 32-voice choir from Budapest, they've raised their game, coming on like Venom as produced by Danny Elfman. Over 77 thrill-packed minutes in length, Damnation & A Day combines Cradle of Filth's trademark pulverizing riffs, shrieking raps, and monstrous chants with grandiose harmony vocals and portentous voiceovers. Like Black Sabbath, they regularly break their fierce assault with short instrumental interludes ("The Mordant Liquor of Tears"), then rev up again with ever more manic intensity. It seems their intention is to deliver a black-metal alternative to Carmina Burana, and it's to their credit that they come close, producing a series of scorching epics that would fit perfectly as the soundtrack to the extraordinary battle sequences in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. --Dominic Wills

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD

In my opinion, this is COF's best album... The ONE to own!

Simply 80 minutes of pure dark, mastered, orchestred and structured metal with wonderful lyrics; can't ask for more!

This record has an awesome sound, finely arranged orchestral parts, terrific drumming and great growling

(no, in case you wonder, Dani doesn't sucks)!

This isn't Cradle's old "teeny-goth-musically-poor" metal at all!

Muscially speaking, it is a nearly perfect record that has this rich sound and original material!

You mostly won't like it if : You like HIM, are allergic to blast beats and bass drums, are tr00 kvlt krieg,

fear orchestral arrangement and musical structure or think that Led Zeppelin is really really heavey.

You mostly will like it if: You are a metal fan, you enjoy dark, extreme, heavy, melodic and beautiful all at the same time,

are open minded to some point, are not shocked by Cannibal Corpse of Arch Ennemy and mostly if you buy this cd for the great music quality,

not for bothering your parents or playing the mopey-gothy thing because IT WON'T WORK!!!!
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Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, it is something for those who wanna try something new. This is the album that got me into the band.
The songs musically are done with a 40 piece orchestra and a 32 piece choir and band... with Sarah of course ;o)
The music isn t fantastic when it comes to guitars and stuff, but there are some good use of guitar on here, and good use of keyboard too. If the band had more control of this SONY record, it probably would have sounded better. There are some definete highlights on here, and some that are just good to listen too.
The choir could have been used more,
as well as the orchestra, but I'm not complainin' .
The lyrics, one can argue, but I feel they're in good form.
The voice is good, but has been proven better. You cannot go wrong buying this album, try it, you may like it.
If you take this into consideration that is...
its not full of mindblowing awesome guitar, and to understand the "Satan kicked out of Heaven" story you have to read along with the lyrics that are in front of some nice pictures through out the booklet.
I give this album a personal Four and half, out of Five.
I tried it, and still like it.
Good Job, Cradle!
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By A Customer on July 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first started listening to COF back in '97 when I picked up Dusk... Then I acquired their other albums out at the time Vempire... and Principle... and then came Cruelty in '98... Shortly after the release of Cruelty I quit listening to metal all together.. until a few months ago when I just randomly purchased Damnation. Just to see what my former favorite band sounded like now. I am still not much into metal.. but it has to be said.. COF is an amazingly talented band and Damnation is on par with Dusk (which I consider to be their other masterpiece.) How many other black metal bands would be capable of debuting at #140 in the States? This doesn't have anything to do with selling out or not being "real" black metal. COF are TALENTED enough to transcend their genre. Lets face it black metal is all very similar.. press your tongue against the roof of your mouth, blow hard... and have a nearby friend growl and hiss and be sure the growling and hissing is nearly inaudible.. and you have yourself an acappella dimmu borgir song. The elitist metal heads (such a characterization should be an oxymoron) have never made much sense to me. Anyways, to review Damnation. This is by far their most polished album - everything about it is tight. The lyrics are quite beautiful poetry. I'll have to agree with another reviewer I would just as soon read a COF album booklet as I would Poe. That is how good they really are... and the music is meticulously arranged with the orchestra and choir well utilised. I highly recommend this Album to anyone who wants to hear some blistering mesmerizing metal (that isn't monotonous and is accompanied by amazing lyrics). Stand out tracks IMO -
3. Hurt and Virtue
6. Better to Reign in Hell
7. Serpent Tongue
10. Presents from the poison Hearted
12. Babalon A.D.
15. Thank God for the Suffering
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Format: Audio CD
this album is a real acuired taste, the hot-topic/mall hopping who has the more make-up on "goth" [I hate that term] might not understand where I'm coming from. the whole "I am an individual, I hate god, I hate my life, I am goth and am here to STAY!" gimmick is getting very repeditive, and boring. This started with manson's antichrist superstar, the comming out cd of the gothic era. That has now turned it into the most annoying hands across the world struggle on who's the "better" or who's the more "gothic" band. You all are annoying as hell!!! This album imparticular is based on [if my memory serves me right] the book of geniuses by lucifers point of view. The only song, that really desn't fit it's theme is manniquin -- even dani felt "that it is abit ambivolent in contexts with the rest of the album anyway" they didn't much like the video to it aswell. I was also sad that gain was not on this album. Since sony signed them, thier real talents have been rejected, and remolded into something melodic, and finding the catchy mainstream singles...This is a great band, that is been getting popular with every discruntled adolescent rejected person, I guess I was no execption. I've personally love this band for over a long time. I have more than half of thier cd's. I would start with dusk and her embrace, v empire, or midian before buying this. Get into thier sound [they have a specific sound that is not for every one] If you want to get into actuall black metal that has more grind in sound try: emperor, bathory, nile, or at the gates. If you like it mainstream, catchy, and melodic cliche bands try dimmu borgir, old mans child, slipknot, and every band that will be on the next ozzfest. every cof album has a theme, I went into this album very biased, and will have the same mind set on thier up-coming album due out I think in septemeber of this year.
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