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1996 album by Britain's premier black metal act. A fullcolor picture CD, it contains explicit pornographic/horrific cover art & photos inside the booklet. 40 minuteslong, the album is intended as a ritual comprised of sixparts (tracks to us humans), including 'Ebony Dressed ForSunset', 'The Forest Whispers My Name' and 'Queen Of Winter,Throned'. The full title is 'Vempire Or Dark Fairytales InPhallustein'. A Cacophonous Records release.
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"The Black Goddess Rises"-----Listen to the begining background music after the piano part at the begining, for the refrence. Not only that, he screams just as he does in QoWT during the begining of the similar instrumentals. The same instrumentals that resemble those that begin the "hard" parts of QoWT appear at the end of this song as well.
"Principle of Evil Made Flesh"-----Once again instrumentals, at the very begining, and somewhat throughout the song, but faintly noticeable. Plus, even the beat to this song takes on one that of QoWT at points.
"A Crecendo of Passion Bleeding"-----Begining guitar riffs/instrumentals...sound like those near the end of the song QoWT.
"The Forest Whispers my Name"-----At a point (Like 1:35 into it), the song's instrumentals sound like those in a begining part of QoWT.
"A Dream of Wolves in the Snow"-----If you can't tell by the begining lyrics, listen to the tune..it's that beautiful intro to QoWT. This one makes the most obvious of refrences, so if you don't notice it, you my fellow readers, are quite slow.
It is in my belief that those 5 songs, make up "Queen of Winter, Throned." And, the instrumentals somewhat prove this.
If you like Cradle of Filth this is the way to go to see what mastery they can accomplish. An experienced fan of extreme metal but a very recent fan of Cradle of Filth (myself) found it easy to put an end to my criticisms to this band especially after this little monster of an EP. Second to this would be (as previously stated by others) "Cruelty and the Beast" which is a great solid album as well. (follwed in a biased order by Dusk and Her Embrace, Damnation and a Day, Principle of Evil Made Flesh)
I am writing this after their latest release, "Damnation and a Day" - which I love. However I still find myself going back to this CD. There's just something about it that I never get tired of. And it's because of this that I felt compelled to write a review. I think every COF fan should buy this CD. It's very hard, in most places it's very fast. It's not like the Cradle of Filth of today, but equally as good. Not to mention it has the all-time fan favorite, "Queen of Winter Throned". My favorite however is the Intro ("Ebony Dressed for Sunset") into "Forest Whispers my Name". Get this disc if you can't possibly find "Dark Faerytales in Phallustein". It's worth it.
While it doesn't have nearly as much gothic romanticism as some of their other works, it does make up for that with a pure focus on the power and evil of Vampiric lore, and really invokes the presense of "ancient evil".
The production and sound quality is also rather amazing, expecially considering the fact that this is only their second release, on their less than reliable label, Cacophonous.
Instead of being a mere collection of songs like a typical EP, this one adheres to a mini-album feel.
The opening track, Ebony Dressed For Sunset, is not like the usual C.O.F. intro song (which are all intstrumental). This one actually has guitars and vocals, and really ushers in the dark forces of the coming songs.
After this hellish peice, a new rendetion of The Forest Whispers My Name comes in... which is far superior to the original version. Much faster, theatrical, and all around "demonic". There are the ghostly moaning vocals by Sarah Jezabel Deva, which weren't at all present on the version heard on the debut. A true classic track...
The next song, Queen of Winter Throned... a 10 minute epic of monsterous porportions. We witness some of the most sinister screeches ever heard by Dani here... it's too bad he's lost this sound on the two most recent albums (Bitter Suites, Midian).
This symphonic opus quickly fades into Nocturnal Supremacy...
The first song I ever really heard by this group.Read more ›
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Midian was the album that introducted me to Cradle, however Vempire is their best work. Simply because every single track are standouts. Considering this was an E.P. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Seth Nelson
This is IMO Cradles Masterpiece!!
On the cd case it says a ritual in 6 parts and i quite agree it is like that. This album has my 2 fav cradle songs on it. Read more
Although the phrase "they are nothing if not consistent" is used widely for any band who have released great album upon great album, I wouldn't use it here. Why? Read morePublished on March 28 2002 by Austin
This is sometimes a "hard-to-find mini-album/EP" that definitely is worth buying. With the tracks like "The Forest Whispers My Name" and most especially,... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Raymond
Although the phrase "they are nothing if not consistent" is used widely for any band who have released great album upon great album, I wouldn't use it here. Why? Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001 by Chris 'raging bill' Burton
This Album has it all: Killer music, killer singing, killer lyrics, and killer songs. So what the [...] are you waiting for? buy this cd. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001
I have been disappointed with the recent Cradle output as they are seeming to break free of their black metal roots and enter the gothic realm. Read morePublished on July 22 2001
I CAN'T understand why black metal "purists" love to fire Dani and CoF. I REALLY can't. The band takes its work very seriously, and deliver it tremendously well. Read morePublished on May 23 2001 by Renato Passos