ep : Evermore Darkly
artist : Cradle of Filth
genre : Extreme Gothic Metal
year : 2011
Extreme gothic entertainers Cradle of Filth played their first Indian gig earlier this year and on that day I pledged to never watch them live again even if they play in my own backyard. Filth is an insanely tight studio band and this inference is based on live facts. Thornography came in 2006 and old fans had to weep with tears in their eyes, and when Godspeed on the Devil’s Thunder released in 2010 the same fans had to weep again but this time tears were replaced by blood. From excellent to bad to worse, and then came Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa. With some striking tracks on this last full-length that released in 2010, I was glad to see Filth trying to go back to the genre they should actually be playing.
Their new ep Evermore Darkly contains two discs. The extended play is here just to add to the band’s growing discography. The first disc comprises of eight old tracks played in ways you would not want to hear them. They call one of them extended length and a few of them as elder versions. But the tracks that have been chosen are some of my personal favorites from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa [Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned), Lilith Immaculate, The Persecution Song and The Spawn of Love and War] and their debut album The Principle of Evil Made Flesh [Summer Dying Fast]. The surprise package is a trance version of the song Forgive Me Father. Job well done.
There are only two new tracks here – Transmission From Hell (intro) which is useless and Thank Your Lucky Scars which is Filth being more brutal than gothic. Dani screams like a bitch getting fucked in the ass by, not one but, three cocks. The vocalists’s shrills can make you go deaf. The second disc is a dvd containing a documentary called You Can’t Polish a Turd, But You Can Roll It in Glitter (I haven’t seen it), a promo video for Lilith Immaculate and twelve tracks from their live performance at Graspop festival, 2011. I’m not interested in disc two because I only want to hear them. You can watch the dvd, but I’d suggest you do it only if you have a lot of free time.
With so much content here I do not understand the logic of calling this an extended play but questioning a band, that does not give a rat’s ass about anything that is said or written about them, amounts to stupidity. I’d suggest the posers to continue hating Cradle of Filth, because they are anyways not going to stop making music. So just go check out their new Ep. Like I already mentioned it is pure gothic entertainment obviously not meant for everybody.
Rating : 3/5