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CRADLE OF FILTH Total Fucking Darkness 2LP Mordgrimm

After two decades from the original releasing of the “Total Fucking Darkness” demo, Cradle Of Filth, alongside Mordgrimm label, are re-launching that infamous work that preceded the iconic “Principle Of Evil Made Flesh” (1994). However, this re-issue isn’t all and only about “Total Fucking Darkness” as we have a long lost song opening this opus: “Spattered In Faeces” – the surviving song from the “Goetia” sessions, the album that

supposed to be Cradle’s debut. Back in the early 1990s, there were some funding problems and the original tapes were sadly erased; only that track survived and twenty years later Cradle Of Filth gives it a new and glorious birth. “Splattered In Faeces” may has an initial death metal driving due to the little time that separate the first death metal demos in 1992 and the debut album in 1994, but as the song goes on the melodic and beautiful, yet rudimentary, orchestrations start to appear – that’s a song that would fit easily in the first three full-

lengths. Next, follow the tracks that originated this re-issue as we have a yet-to-be-polisheddiamond titled “The Black Goddess Rises” with guttural vocals led by Dani Filth contrasting with the atmosphere Cradle Of Filth delivered in those years. Said that, nothing is well settled because even in 1993 I dare to say Cradle Of Filth were still trying to find their true identity as we have an almost straight death metal song, titled “Unbridled At Dusk”, full of fast and full-bodied guitar riffs. Instead of variations between atmospheric

moments and melodic black metal passages like we have in “Dusk… And Her Embrace”, “Total Fucking Darkness” is more aggressive regarding soundscape changes. “The Raping Of Faith” track is a true example of that characteristic and we can divide the song in two distinct works: I’d put the engaging sounds exhaled by the keyboards in “Dusk… And Her Embrace” and the violent expectoration sneezed by the guitars in “Invoking The Unclean” demo (1992). The second vinyl features some items that are worth to be part of every collector. “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diavoli)” and “Séance And Mandrake” are unreleased tracks that would be featuring in the lost “Goetia” album. Benjamin Ryan, brother of the guitar player Paul Ryan, wasn’t forgot and Cradle Of Filth gave him the condign space in this reissue as we have a magical and enigmatic track played by the keyboardist, titled “Hekate Enthroned”. Listening to this is like to be putted in a time machine and travel back to the early 1990s, even if the songs have a soft new outfit injected by the well-known engineer Tim Turan (who has worked with bands such as Emperor). On the other hand, and I as said before, “Total Fucking Darkness”, version 2014, is a unique item to be gallantly showed in every shelf and to be spoiled in every sound equipment in your room. [Diogo Ferreira]

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

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Against Magazine #8 (April 2014)  

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f99yfqzhxgr81l4/against_08_interactive.pdf

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