This song doesn't impress me too much. I still enjoy them, but their last album that really was remarkable is "Nymphetamene". "Damnation and a Day" will always be my favorite of theirs, despite the hatred it received.
Originally Posted by Tuborg
But even their debut only has two actual songs that dip below the 5 minute mark. The new one has 4, and one song just barely makes the 6 minute mark. I know it's a trivial matter, but it could be a legitimate indication of the album's direction. CoF aren't capable of delivering the kind of atmosphere they used to, so this new album could be a consistent wash of faster, to-the-point songs, and nothing more.
However, traditionally CoF selects one of the weaker or less interesting songs as the lead single or sample so there is hope.
Just to note, that person on the album cover is real and not a computer simulation.
Kvlt Kanadian Kvnt
The Principle/Cruelty era is top-notch and Midian was their last "great" album. After that it's very hit or miss. The music took a more rhythm-based approach as opposed to their previous sound which was more based on tremolo-picked twin guitars melodies, which gave the music an epic and catchy feel, not unlike a dark version of Iron Maiden. Now it's mostly chugging and the production job of their albums since Damnation and a Day is more suited for bands like Killswitch Engage and the likes than a band like Cradle who should be about atmosphere (Dusk...and Her Embrace!!!)
Also, Dani has no voice anymore.
As for the new track, I hope it's the weaker track on the album and that's it's not representative of the direction they've taken this time. I also hope the album is more diversified than the last two. They weren't bad, but the songs tended to blur together.
Also, they really need to hire a permanent keyboardist. Since Martin Powell left after Nymphetamine, the orchestrations become soo cliché and soulless. Before that, each keyboardist gave the band an unique sound, which is not the case anymore.
Last edited by Le Baron des Goules; 09-13-2012 at 07:59 PM.
I agree with the above. The first two albums and the EP were the best in my opinion. This new song was pretty boring.
I completely agree, I think you nailed it. The thashier, chugging riffs are quite bland in contrast to their much more appealing Iron Maiden melodies of the past. Actually, when I first heard Forgive Me Father, I was excited for this very reason, despite not really thinking much of the song overall. However, Darkly felt like leftovers from Godspeed sessions, with hardly anything in common with that particular song.
Originally Posted by Le Baron des Goules
Although, I must say that I actually really enjoyed Damnation and a Day. I thought it was a very ambitious and captivating journey, particularly on the lyrical front. To me that's their last truly great album.
It's okay i guess, doesn't sell me on the record though hopefully the other tracks are better
Kvlt Kanadian Kvnt
Damnation and a Day wasn't a bad album, but I think was a bit too ambitious and the album suffered from it. There were a lot of good ideas, but they were sadly spread too thin over too many songs. The result is an album that's a bit too long (78mins?) and too many songs that sound underdeveloped. It's a bit of a shame because I feel that somewhere in that there's an amazing album, but the band didn't unleash its full potential.
Originally Posted by SangreV
Songs like The Promise of Fever, Hurt And Virtue and The Smoke of Her Burning are awesome, but then there's also stuff like Mannequin, Serpent's Tongue and Carrion that seems more like filler than anything else.
The orchestral interludes with the full choir and orchestra were amazing and among the best interludes the band ever had. They brought a massive epic feel to the album, but I think that they were not used enough during the proper songs.
It's not that the band cannot write strong, focused and to the point concept albums. Cruelty and the Beast is an incredible example of that. The album is not too long and there's only 10 tracks. The difference is that while there are fewer tracks, they are more developed and are given time to progress since most of them are in the 7 minutes range. DaaD had a shitload of songs, but most were around the 4-5 minute mark. I'm sure that had the band dropped some of the weaker tracks and expanded on the stronger ones, Damnation would have been among their best instead of being an OK entry in their catalog.