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Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is the ninth studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 1 November 2010 by record label Peaceville and is a concept album centred on the demon Lilith. It is Cradle of Filth's only album to feature keyboardist Ashley Ellyllon, and is also the band's final album with Dave Pybus as their bass player and James McIlroy as their second guitar player.

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Studio album by
Cradle of Filth
Released1 November 2010
RecordedMonkey Puzzle House Studio, Woolpit, Suffolk, England, June 2010
Genre
Extreme metal
Length62:37
LabelPeaceville (Europe)
Nuclear Blast (US)
Producer
Cradle of Filth chronology
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
(2008)
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
(2010)
Evermore Darkly
(2011)
Singles from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
  1. "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)"
    Released: 18 October 2010
  2. "Lilith Immaculate[1]"
    Released: 2011

Background


Prior to its release the album was erroneously referred to as All Hallows Eve,[2] probably because the announced release date was close to Halloween.


Concept and musical style


Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa is a concept album in the same vein as its predecessor Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder, this time centering on the demon Lilith, the first wife of the biblical Adam.[3] Dani Filth revealed to Metal Hammer in September 2010 that it would be a "feminine" companion piece to Godspeed, "which was a very masculine album, obviously due to its protagonist, Gilles de Rais".[4] Unlike previous historically-based concept albums Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder and Cruelty and the Beast, Darkly, Darkly tells an original story. "It's about the resurgence of Lilith into modern society as a deity", Filth said. "There's a bit of Victoriana in there. Essentially, at heart, it's a nice gothic horror story."[4] Reference to Greek mythology and the Knights Templar is also made, in what was referred to by the label as "a dark tapestry of horror, madness and twisted sex".[5] At an early stage of the album's development in August 2009, Filth hinted that the album's sound was "creepily melodic, like Mercyful Fate or a dark Iron Maiden".[6] The Metal Hammer interview also likened it to King Diamond.[4]

The core album is the band's first to not feature any instrumental tracks. The special edition bonus track "Adest Rosa Secreta Eros" is arguably an instrumental, but features extensive narrative excerpts taken from Aleister Crowley's The Book of the Law.


Release


On 20 August 2010, a free mp3 of the track "Lilith Immaculate" was released by the band as reward for signing up for a mailing list following the album's development.[7] On 29 September Cradle of Filth released the first official video of the album for the track "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)".[8]

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa was released on 1 November by record label Peaceville. A Limited Edition version of the album was released, and was packaged in a hard box containing:


Reception


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic60/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[10]
Alternative Press3/10[11]
Kerrang![12]
Metal Hammer (GER)[13]
Metal Storm7.3/10[14]
PopMatters[15]
Rock Sound[16]
Record Collector[17]
Sonic Seducerfavourable[18]
Uncut[19]

The album received a generally favourable response from critics. Thom Jurek at AllMusic wrote that it "is tightly focused, employing CoF's trademark orchestral and keyboard elements to fine effect, with wildly intense... blastbeats from Marthus Skaroupka, and screaming guitars... courtesy of Paul Allender and James McEllroy. The concentration on writing and arrangement is disciplined, with a strong set of dynamics, a terrific mix, and great production".[10] PopMatters was very favourable, writing "With some of the best compositions of its career, the highest-quality lyrics in its history, and none of the misfires it has suffered in the past, Cradle of Filth has delivered one of the best extreme metal releases in recent memory".[15]

Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa sold 5,800 copies in its first week and debuted at position 99 on the Billboard 200 chart.


Track listing


All lyrics are written by Dani Filth; all music is composed by Cradle of Filth and Mark Newby-Robson.

No.TitleLength
1."The Cult of Venus Aversa"7:07
2."One Foul Step from the Abyss"4:52
3."The Nun with the Astral Habit"4:53
4."Retreat of the Sacred Heart"3:54
5."The Persecution Song"5:33
6."Deceiving Eyes"6:43
7."Lilith Immaculate"6:11
8."The Spawn of Love and War"6:18
9."Harlot on a Pedestal"5:07
10."Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)"4:31
11."Beyond Eleventh Hour"7:16
Total length:62:37
Limited Edition bonus disc
No.TitleLength
1."Beast of Extermination"5:32
2."Truth & Agony"5:56
3."Mistress from the Sucking Pit"7:00
4."Behind the Jagged Mountains"5:44
5."Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)" (music video) (iTunes only)4:33
Limited Fan Edition bonus disc
No.TitleLength
1."Beast of Extermination"5:32
2."Truth & Agony"5:56
3."Adest Rosa Secreta Eros"7:25
4."Mistress from the Sucking Pit"7:00
5."Behind the Jagged Mountains"5:44
6."The Cult of Venus Aversa" (demo version)6:48
7."The Nun with the Astral Habit" (demo version)4:58
8."Deceiving Eyes" (demo version)6:44

Personnel


Cradle of Filth
Additional personnel
Technical personnel

Charts


Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 89
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 97
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 83
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[25] 18
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 55
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 43
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 98
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[29] 240
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 61
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 95
US Billboard 200[32] 99
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[33] 10
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[35] 19

References


  1. Peaceville, Records (31 March 2011). "Cradle of Filth - Lilith Immaculate (behind the scenes of the video shoot)". Retrieved 12 February 2012 via Vimeo.
  2. Burkart, Gregory (29 April 2010). "Cradle Of Filth Issues 'All Hallows Eve' Update". Fear.net. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  3. "Cradle Of Filth Signs With Peaceville Records". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. "Cradle of Filth Interview". Metal Hammer. No. 209. September 2010. p. 15.
  5. "CRADLE OF FILTH: New Album Title Revealed". Archived from the original on 6 August 2010.
  6. "Cradle Of Filth Talk New Album". Metal Hammer. 6 August 2009. Archived from the original on 9 August 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  7. "Cradle of Filth Reveals New Album Cover Art, Free Song Download". Metal CallOut.com. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
  8. "Cradle Of Filth- Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)". Metal CallOut.com. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2010.
  9. "Reviews for Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa by Cradle of Filth – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. Jurek, Thom. "Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa review". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  11. "[Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa review]". Alternative Press: 111. December 2010.
  12. "[Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa review]". Kerrang!: 50. 23 October 2010.
  13. Müller, Robert (29 October 2010). "Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Metal Hammer.de (in German). Metal Hammer. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  14. "Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Metal Storm. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  15. Colgan, Chris (24 November 2010). "Cradle of Filth: Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  16. Withers, Pete (25 October 2010). "Cradle of Filth – Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa". Rock Sound. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  17. McIver, Joel (December 2010). "Cradle of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Record Collector. No. 382. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  18. Zymolka, Yvonne (November 2010). "Cradle Of Filth - Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in German). Sonic Seducer. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  19. "[Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa review]". Uncut: 83. January 2011.
  20. "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 15th November 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. 15 November 2010. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  21. "Austriancharts.at – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  22. "Ultratop.be – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  23. "Ultratop.be – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  24. "Dutchcharts.nl – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  25. "Cradle Of Filth: Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  26. "Lescharts.com – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  27. "Offiziellecharts.de – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  28. "Italiancharts.com – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  29. クレイドル・オブ・フィルスのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  30. "Swisscharts.com – Cradle Of Filth – Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  31. "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  32. "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  33. "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  34. "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  35. "Cradle of Filth Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 25 March 2019.

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Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa — девятый полноформатный студийный альбом английской метал-группы «Cradle of Filth», вышедший в 2010 году.



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