Remastered re-release of the debut full-length album by the legendary British Symphonic Gothic Black Metal band.
This is definitely their most "hardcore" album. This album is a then-unusual hybrid of Gothic Metal and Black Metal. It has everything from hard Black Metal riffs and horrifying vocals to great Symphonic instruments, perfect guitar solos and soft female vocals. It's sound is significantly more raw than on subsequent releases, and frontmen Dani Filth's vocals differ from his later style and technique. All of this creates one hell of a dark and aggressive atmosphere.
"The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh" remains as one of the most influential debuts in the Black Metal scene not because of its groundbreaking sound, but because it is a record written by a bunch of teenagers who were passionate about what they did.
Comparing this album to what Cradle Of Filth did in the mid 00's is a sacrilege. First of all, "The Principle..." is full of ideas. Good ideas. Ideas that have actually been worked after much thought. Teenagers or not, Dani and co. had a vision and they fulfilled it in the best possible way.
This would be the only album, featuring guitarist Paul Ryan and keyboardist Benjamin Ryan; guitarist Paul Allender also left the band at this point, but returned five years later for "Midian".
"The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh" is one of the most essential listens for every Cradle Of Filth fan out there, but also for the fans of Goth music and the early 90's second wave of Black Metal. If you are looking for some great dark, fast music look no further than this masterpice! There is a reason why Cradle Of Filth are called "Lords of Extreme Metal" and a good part of that reason lies in this album!! Classic!!!
The End Records, 1993/2017 (538318071). Made in USA. Limited Edition to 1000 copies Blood Splatter vinyl in gatefold cover.
1. Darkness Our Bride (Jugular Wedding) 02:00
2. The Principle of Evil Made Flesh 04:35
3. The Forest Whispers My Name 05:06
4. Iscariot 02:33
5. The Black Goddess Rises 06:48
6. One Final Graven Kiss 02:15
7. A Crescendo of Passion Bleeding 05:30
1. To Eve the Art of Witchcraft 05:28
2. Of Mist and Midnight Skies 08:10
3. In Secret Love We Drown 01:29
4. A Dream of Wolves in the Snow 02:10
5. Summer Dying Fast 05:39
Total playing time: 52:06 min.