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Damnation & A Day
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on 26 August 2017
Amazing album however the case was delivered cracked and the top hinge was broken completely when I took the film off. I'll give this a generous 3 as the package did arrive very quickly and the crack isn't too noticeable. However I'm saddened that I can't open the case without the front falling off due to the lack of a second hinge.
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on 5 March 2018
Brilliant thank you....
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on 30 December 2008
Originally I was put off from buying this album since I heard it was quite experimental. After having purchased it though I will have to disagree. The orchestra and CoF seem to work together in quite quirky ways.

For any CoF fans then I recommend this album to add to the collection, it is worth it. For anybody else quite interested in CoF then I would try some of their other albums.
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on 12 December 2016
This was a present
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on 17 June 2008
Whatever your views on this band, I'd urge anyone who is into Symphonic Metal to not miss out on this!
I'm no expert on the band; the only other CD I have is Thornography. Of the 2 albums, I MUCH prefer this one (I found Thornography lacking apart from 2 or 3 songs).
What elevates this is the major use of the 80 strong Budapest Film Orchestra and Choir - this is the only COF album, that uses a REAL full orchestra, due to Sony Music coughing up the cash to fulfill the band's symphonic ambitions. It's awesome in arrangement, performance & production, REALLY complimenting the music. Seriously dark & demonic, totally at one with the album's 'Paradise Lost' Concept.
You tend to get approx. 2 minute, orchestral interludes between songs as well as heavy orchestration during the actual songs themselves.
Highlight classical pieces for me are Damned in Any Language - A Plague on Words (The choir, the brass section, SCARY!) & The Mordant Liquor of Tears, but every piece is equally good!
This also pushes the band hard - I enjoyed Dani Filth's Blackened Death Metal vocals (High shrieks, occasionally clean & lots of REALLY low, brutal phrasing) & genuineley clever lyrics. There's a lot of strong riffs and melodic leads, the bass is loud & clear and there's no shortage of double bass drum moments. Even without the orchestra & choir, this would be a far, far stronger album than Thornography is (too mainstream for me). Keyboards are present, but less obvious due to the prominence of the orchestra.
The production is flawless too, everything retains it's identity while still achieving a full on assault! As stated on the product description, the instrumental passages would really accompany the darker images of the LOTR movies - It's pure Cinema on a CD!!!!
Even if you have any prejudices over Cradle Of Filth, I'd strongly recommend this, especially if you liked Dimmu Borgir's Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia or Death Cult Armageddon. Or Therion's later (orchestral) releases, or even Metallica's S&M live album. This is top quality as far as this genre goes, and one of the most successful, Symphony Orchestra/Extreme Metal collaborations.

I'd really appreciate any comments regarding any more COF albums that are closer to this sound than Thornography. Cheers!
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on 18 March 2003
This, as you've probably read above, is Cradle of Filth's major label debut. Before this release, they've been on various labels, from Music for Nations to Abracadaver. In order to understand just how great this album is requires an examination of their previous releases.
First off, it should be said that if black metal isn't your thing, you probably won't like this album at all. It does have some classical appeal. However, if you prefer the musings of the likes of Coldplay this probably won't be your bag.
There was one thing that let down every album previous to "Damnation and a Day" - budget. Instead of swathes of strings and choirs of angelic voices we got the 'General Midi sound-a-likes'. (Though, to be fair, Dani Filth and co were doing the best they could.)
But now on a major label, the obviously very talented Mr Filth and company have secured the services of a large orchestra and an equally large choir. Substituted for the ‘MIDI’ affair of previous albums, the music now truly sounds epic, sweeping, and full of gothic majesty.
The long and the short of it: if you like your music heavy, gothic, beautiful, slightly unhinged and at times scary, Damnation and a Day is truly superb.
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on 18 February 2004
This is Cradle Of Filth's major label debut, and it is a LOT better than expected. I know quite a few people slated this for not having the atmosphere of albums like "Dusk...And Her Embrace" or not being as fast and heavy as "Principal Of Evil Made Flesh". I really like this album though, and no, i am not a new fan of Cradle Of Filth i have got everything they have done and have been listening to them since 1994.
The Band: Dani's vocals are on top form. Plenty of shrieks and screams which can suddenly change to a dark whisper. Like him or loathe him, he is extremely talented. Paul's guitars are again on top form, the riffs coming heavy and fast, as well as the lighter song(s) (I.E. Serpent's Tongue). Dave Pybus is an extremely talented bassist, which is why it is a shame that his basslines don't always shine through. Adrian Erlandsson is the second best drummer (losing out to Trym from Emperor) which is why i was really glad that the drums have a nice full sound, and can be heard properly now, which is what the older albums lacked. Martin is also a great keyboard player, and this can be heard. Sarah Jezebel Deva is also on top form providing the beautiful backing vocals.
On top of all that they have now included a full orchestra, making their instrumentals even better.
So Ignore all the haters and give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised. Just don't expect another "Dusk.." or "Principal Of Evil.." clone.
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on 22 March 2003
Dani and his crew have returned once more, this time from the angelic wars of heaven to bring us this lushiously sadistic piece called Damnation and a Day. At first glance, the music and vocals are of the usual high quality, but a closer look reveals much more. The 60 piece Budapest Film Orchestra and the Budapest Film Choir add a spiritual, almost fantastical gothic nature to the release to balance Dani's guttaral 8 octave voice and his macabre bands relishing, chaotic style. The band itself appear to be bacome more comfortable to an old version of their sound and it is a welcome relief to see the band return t osomething closer to their routes, while keeping it contemporary and agreeable to those that only like Filth's later releases (shame I know, but some people don't seem to like theband's earlier releases). The balance works perfectly and in unison, offering a delerious journey through some of the heaviest music about in the more mainstream black metal industry. At long last, Cradle of Filth have the money to acheive what they have always dreamed of, and their dreams have certainly plagued us with nightmares for ages to come.
Hurt and Virtue, Serpent Tongue, Carrion, Mannequin and Thank God for the Suffering stood out more than the others for me, they appear to offer a diverse range in the tastes of CoF's talent range. Babylon AD, though the initial single release with a promo video form the album is set to get played, it is again, not the best track available to those willing to purchase this release. While it remains a strong track, it lacks the sickly sweet bloody toping of some of the other offerings in this meal of madness.
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on 10 March 2003
This is a step in the same direction for Cradle, but they've got there with style and brilliance. As fans know, being on a major label has granted them a bit more cash, and this proves that they have spent it wisely. The opening track makes full use of both orchestra and choir and brings a beautiful, but gothic nonetheless, intro to a very heavy album. It is split into four sections, the fall of Satan and his angels, then the fall of man, which tie up with some other twists in the "end of daze"; the endtimes. The songs too are fantastic, and offer the usual dark lyrics and poetry and hypnotic, impressive drumming from Adrian. I expected to hear a few tracks i wouldn't like, but i love them all... The orchestra/choir set up adds a classy feel, and adds a new, fuller dimension to the record than the previous keyboarding or samples (Bitter Suites...) could. Simply a masterpiece. The stand out tracks here have to be "Mannequin" and the the two parts of "Serpent Tongue".
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on 9 September 2004
I'm fairly new to cradle, having only about 18 months experience of their music. But what i do know is that this album WILL dissapoint those COF fans who and if have not already been turned-off in their droves. Why? Like has been written here before, no guitar duelling or even much (if any) emotional riff work like on Dusk, Cruelty and midian. the breakdown sections all just seem to be un-cradle like keyboards. the intro is great along with the first 2 mins of the first track (The promise of fever.) Actually, the pieces of this album i enjoyed most were the intstrumentals, which are damn fine actually. but there are too many songs just blasting power chords in our faces. Adrian's drumming is as always, exceptional, and very heavy and clear. The standout of this album is in my opinion 'Mannequin', and 'The smoke of her burning', which are the only songs that have (in places) any of Cradles captivating moments. Go try 'Cruelty', Dusk or tPOEMF, before this almost power metal release.
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