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The music is absolutely fantastic. Everyone plays their part well. The keyboards are probably the most evil sounding keyboards I have ever heard on any album. Organ effects are mostly used in combination with the fitting, shabby production, you have the some of the most evil, atmospheric songs ever assembled. Another thing that I believe should be mentioned is Robin's bass work. As a bassist myself, I must say that Robin is a fantastic bassist. Listen to "The Forest Whispers My Name" for a good example of Robin's bass work. The drumming, done by the infamous Nick Barker who already showcases great talent, even for such an early release. The guitars are great, you even get a few ripping solos here and there. Dani's vocals are great. They are not quite as high pitched as you'll find in later releases, actually, a lot of his vocals on this release are quite deep. His lyrics are as poetic as ever, so fans of Dani's poetry will be fulfilled. Everyone does a great job.
All in all this is a great release for fans of dark music. I'm not going to call this black metal, like I said before, that is up for debate, at least for this particular release, but it is one evil ride.
This album stands alone in the Cradle catalog as exhibiting poor production. That will no doubt appeal to the "true black metal" fans. If you are one of those, change my rating to 4 stars. In addition, Cradle's immaturity as a band stands out in this album. Many of the songs are brilliant, but executed poorly. Listen to Summer Dying Fast and The Black Goddess Rises on Bitter Suites if you want to here how amazing those songs can be. In particular, being able to afford something a little more high tech than a cassio toy keyboard helped. Nick Barker's drumming is pretty weak on this album as well. He improved immeasurably on the Vempire ep.
Don't get me wrong. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh definitely has its moments. To Eve the Art of Witchcraft actually works well with the rough production (in fact, its an amazing song). My suggestion is to steer clear of this one unless 1) you own everything else Cradle has put out, or 2) you are a black metal head who only enjoys music that sounds like it was recorded in your basement.
Everything that this band has become famous for (opaque riffs, blast beats, creepy interludes and spoken words, morbid/Satanic lyrics, and nails on the chalkboard vocals) is present here; but this album also differs from later albums (like "Damnation and a Day" and "Nymphetamine"). First of all, it may have to do with his age, but Dani Filth's vocals are lower and raspier, not nearly as high pitched. He often sounds like he's gurgling hot grease. Next, and more importantly, "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh" is Cradle of Filth's fastest and rawest sounding album, and it may be their coldest and darkest album. All of these songs are creepy to the bone and send chills down your spine. Finally, Cradle have sort of made a name for themselves by making concept albums (an album which tells a story). But you don't need to worry about following a story when you listen to "Principle," because it is not one of those albums. This C.D. is all about the music.
The title track has fast, running guitar riffs, an equally as fast drum beat (which gives the beat a thump), and some face-melting yells from Dani.
"Forest Whispers My Name" opens with downshifting, churning riffs. Some throaty yells, snarls, and a shriek follow, as do more fiery guitar riffs.
"Black Goddess Rises" has some more snarly vocals and heavy (albeit slower and repetitive) riffs, but this song is a standout because of the use of the piano at the beginning. Plus, a mini guitar solo is thrown in at the end.Read more ›
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My order was shipped quickly and safely! The record is amazing too!Published 12 months ago by Connor Harlan
The whole cd tells a tale; one song leads to another. This is truly dark, but not in the typical mainstream hard core sounds you hear today, but this is the way Beethoven would... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Dolce Viognier
Well composed . Awesome riffs and great vocals. Highly recommended and appreciated by people who don't like to catagorize fine music regardless of genre. Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Erik
I'm not too crazy about everything on this album. So, let me tell you what I do like.
Their instrumentals are fabulous! They are dark and classical. Read more
Ok its not one of their best albums. We all know how good they went in their following albums and especially their masterpiece Cruelty and the beast. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
This is a must have album for Cradle fans. The best album, specially if you are into black metal, Nymphetamine and Thornography fans might not like this though, because those... Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by Ivan Montelongo
This is a classic album that brings back memories for me. This was way back before Cradle of Filth had really found their sound and Dani found his voice, but despite all that this... Read morePublished on February 14, 2009 by Mclusky
This is an alright album. Albeit not the best of there work but still nice tolisten to if u don't mind low quality. The recording could have been lots better but its a decent soundPublished on April 2, 2008 by Saeko Aries