Principle of Evil Import
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Up there with Carcass' Necrotism and Anathema's Serenades, if you do not have this album your collection has an almighty gap in it.
1.Darkness our bride(jugular wedding)= A nice opener but a bit weak as far as COF intros are concerned.
2.The principle of evil made flesh= 1 of the best on here. heavy-as-hell !!
3.The forest whispers my name= a hauntingly good song with a chilling keyboard riff
4.Iscariot= A so-so instrumental but, again, not quite up to regular COF standards
5. The black goddess rises= Another standout track on the album. was later redone on "bitter suites to succubi" and made better but the original is still good
6.One final graven kiss= Absolutely BEAUTIFUL !! the best instrumental on the album
7. A crescendo of passion, bleeding= Brilliantly fast guitar riffage and an interesting mix of tempos throughout the song
8. To eve the art of witchcraft= An intersting song, this one. It starts off mixing organ melodies with thrash guitar riffs and in the middle of the song, the fury breaks down into a sweetly erotic tune...absolutely hypnotic. One of my favs on the album
9. Of mist and midnight skies= A huge organ intro at the start followed by guitars playing, this is perhaps one of the darkest songs on this album, not that the rest arent
10. In secret love we drown= Not a very good instrumental. in my opinion, this is the worst song on the album. its ok but is a bit naff
11. A dream of wolves in the snow= Starts off with a line quoted from Dracula and follows with a slow guitar riff and keyboard tune. This is one of the more melodic songs
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The first thing I noticed was the contrast between the production on this album and on Midian. The "wall of sound" on Midian is replaced by a sparse sonic landscape. The guitars are fuzzy, the bass cold, the drums tight; all backed by keyboards, brimming with elegance. The vocals Dani produced on this album are raw, more true to the 'black metal' that was beginning to surface in Norway.
The songs themselves are brutal yet still elegant. Ranging from the harsh 'Princible of Evil Made Flesh' to the dreamy, floating imagery of 'In Secret Love We Drown'. There is something here for most extreme metal fans.
This album does lack the maturity of the ensuing albums but in my opinion contains an energy that the others lack. It is one of my favourite albums and will remain so. I cannot reccomend it more.
If you like this album and wish to experience more black metal then I reccomend 'In The Nightside Eclipse' by Emperor and 'Pure Holocaust' by Immortal. By these albums, you shant regret it.
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Great product, good communication, perfect description, prompt shipping. A+++++Published on 18 July 2014 by elizabethsdown
I realize I'm not saying anything new here, but I still think, after 16 years, that this is still their best album. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2010 by Mick Koster
When I first heard this album I was blown away, but those who got into Cradle of Filth through 'Midian' or 'Cruelty and the Beast' may not appreciate the fine vocals or the... Read morePublished on 4 April 2003
i First heard Cradle of filth's 'Total F&*(^%$ Darkness' demo and thought it was superb. Principle was a must buy when i saw it and it was great to hear it. True Filth. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2001
This was the first COF album and also the truest! They will never better this! Forget the pop sound of their newer stuff this is raw and necro and is what true black metal is all... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2001 by Alastair Logan