Metal Insider contributor Anthony Maisano is listening to a different metal album that was released on that day every day this year. Today, it’s Cradle of Filth’s Damnation and a Day, which was released on March 10th, 2003.
This album builds on a lot of atmosphere. It stays creepy the whole way through. The drum production is heavy, and there are some really good riffs on the album. Dani Filth provides a great mix of high-pitched and deeply low growls. I was definitely pleasantly surprised with this album, considering I haven’t been super impressed with what I’ve heard from Cradle of Filth before this. This is also a pretty long album. Even if you don’t count the intro tracks, there are still 12 full-fledged songs here, so there are plenty of tracks to enjoy for those who like this material.
The songs do not have enough to them to make true 5-6 minute songs. They all kind of run out of gas around the 4 minute mark, but continue on with repetition for an extra two. The short intro and instrumental tracks really added nothing so special that they needed to be separate tracks. They just slowed the album down, and artificially extended it for the sake of trying to make it sound epic. The drum fills, while having good sound and production, are incredibly repetitive as well. What’s good about this album is very good, but repetition is the key here.
Favorite Tracks: “Hurt and Virtue,” “Carrion,” “Presents from the Poison-Hearted,” “Better to Reign in Hell.”
The tracks are just longer than they should be, and the whole album has some artificial extension to it, to me. There’s no denying that it builds good atmosphere, and the riffs are solid across the board. It’s a very good album overall, and much better than the bands recent releases that I am more familiar with. I think there’s still a lot to be enjoyed from this album. It’s a solid, and very surprising release, in my opinion.