Cradle Of Filth - 'Evermore Darkly' (Peaceville Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 31 October 2011 04:00

Cradle-Of-Filth-Evermore-Darkly-ArtworkObviously timed to coincide with the Halloween market, this is very much a stop-gap release from Dani Filth and his band of extreme metal troubadours, designed to give the fans a little something to ponder while they await CoF's forthcoming orchestral project. 


What we are presented with, in fact, is one new song, reworked demos of three tracks from the last album (2010's 'Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa'), a trance remix of another, an extended version of another and a short taster of the impending project, accompanied by a DVD made up of the usual shebang of behind-the-scenes footage, a live show and an MTV-unfriendly video.


The EP - for that is perhaps the best term - opens with a "spooky" spoken prelude, telling the story of some mythological, hellish incident in deepest darkest Siberia many, many moons ago, which finishes with the warning that "what you are about hear is very, very disturbing..."  What we hear next is, in fact, the one new song here: 'Thank Your Lucky Scars', which is as dark and operatic as anything the Filth have produced in their career to date, but really adds nothing exceptional to their canon. Neither, to be honest, do the three demo tracks - 'Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)', 'The Persecution Song' and 'The Spawn Of Love And War', which are fan-only curios at best, as tends to be the habit with such releases. The extended 'Lilith Immaculate' also adds nothing new to the original, except a bit of length, while the real curiosity is the tranced-up variation of 'Forgive Me Father' which, while interesting for a listen, is ultimately pointless (although I know a certain goth club where it'll go down an utter storm!).


All of this sets the scene for what seems to be the ultimate purpose of this mini-album - a reworking of fan favourite 'Summer Dying Fast'. Sadly, like so many artists before him, Dani doesn't take the opportunity to really overhaul the song and take it to a new level: having said that, it is merely a 'taster', taken out of context and may come across a lot more convincingly in the overall framework of the finished opus.


Like much of the CD, the accompanying DVD is largely something of a throwaway, centred around a well shot live performance from last year's Graspop festival. The accompanying documentary, the delightfully titled 'You Can't Polish A Turd But You Can Roll It In Glitter', is another mediocre example of such works, offering nothing hugely incisive about life on the road with a touring rock band - apart from highlighting how much Dani appears to have piled on in the last few years.


All in all, as the band themselves admit, a stopgap release for fans only.