Damnation & a Day Import
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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!!!!
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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Most recent customer reviews
Wow!!! That was the first word that came to me when I just finished listening to Damnation and a day. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2014 by Filthaddicted666
With screams like that of Dani's.... You really feel like you are the only one who feels the world in its spiral. Don't get me wrong, I love this world... Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by RSGbat
Some long time cof fans might believe so. every band has one album where fans seem to be spilt down the midell upon on if its crap or a masterpiece. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by John
Cradle of Filth is one of the best band in the world and Damnation and a Day is one of their best CD (Midian is better in my opinion)
This album also contains my all time... Read more
I got this cd a while ago, but without the lyrics, just the disc. I listened to it and really liked it. The music is just effin killer. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Josh Hall
From the opening thunderclaps of "A Bruise Upon The Silent" which crecendos into a glorious chat and gregor accompanied by the philharmonics of a darker place, a void. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by carlitos zanzibar
Many Cradle fans didnt like this album but i thoroughly enjoyed it!
It is a concept album based on the bible, Dani outdoes himself again with his awesome lyrics and chills... Read more
What else canbe said? This is one of the best death metal albums of 03. Standouts include: