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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.
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)
Anyway, this EP is insane. The opener "Ebony Dressed For Sunset" as mentioned above is heavy as Hell! Then follows the remake of "The Forest Whispers My Name" done with more fury and power. The the epic & grandiose opus "Queen Of Winter, Throned"!
This song is over 10 or 11 minutes, I can't remember. But it goes from heavy riffs to thrashy speed to progressive changes. Absolutely magnificent!!! "Nocturnal Supremacy" has a very "The Forest Whispers My Name" feel in my opinion. Heavy and fast. "She Mourns A Lengthening Shadow" is a great instrumental track and changes pace from the rest of the album. Then you get bitch slapped again by "The Rape And Ruin Of Angels (Hosanna In Extremis)" which ends very dramatically with writhing screams & moans of angels being raped. All in all this is one of the greatest EP's ever created!
This is an excellent album if you like the gothic side of black metal. Go buy it, you know you want to.
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I'm not going to write out some long, drawn out review. What I will tell you is that this feels more like a raw Dusk. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Johnny Terminator
This album was released before Dusk And Her Embrace and shows COF progressing musically and technically from their debut Principles Of Evil Made Flesh. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WarTornMindscape
The album is as short as fast. The best from Cradle Of Filth's beginning production packed to 20 minutes. Everything you want know about 90's new wave of black metal.Published on March 9, 2013 by Jirka Kopriva
I'm a die hard Cradle Of Filth fan. I have all of their albums and DVD concerts. I must say "Vempire" is my favorite album. Every song is awesome. This album is a must have!!! Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by Melvin Santiago
For years, I have loved Dani Filth's amazing vocals and talent in films. For years, I have been looking for VEMPIRE and I will finally get my hands on it in a couple of weeks... Read morePublished on July 15, 2006 by Jay Phoenix
I heard "Cruelty and the Beast" first, in its entirety, and thought it was terrible. Overproduced, corny, overly dramatic... you get the idea. Some people love that stuff. Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by liger
This may only be an ep, but it was the most ominous harbinger of the beast that would be unleashed on the world known as Cradle of Filth. Read morePublished on March 10, 2005 by Metal Lover
But get "Vempire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein" rather than simply "Vempire", as the former has "Ebony dressed for sunset," which leads into "Forest whispers my name," and I... Read morePublished on November 30, 2004 by Metal_fan
If you have bought this small release then I'd advise you if you haven't already to buy "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh" because
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