Dusk... and Her Embrace

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Dusk... and Her Embrace
Cover design by Nigel Wingrove
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 19 November 1996
Recorded DEP International Studios, Birmingham, England, August-September 1996
Genre Extreme metal
Length 53:13
Label Music for Nations
Producer Kit Woolven and Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth chronology
V Empire or Dark Faerytales in Phallustein
Dusk... and Her Embrace
Cruelty and the Beast
Alternate covers
Variant digipak edition
Variant coffin box packaging

Dusk... and Her Embrace is the second studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It was released on 19 November 1996 and is their first release on the label Music for Nations.

The album was reissued in 2012 by The End Records.[1]


A lot of material for the album was written while the band were still under Cacophonous Records' contract.[2] Speaking to Ryan Bird of Kerrang! In 2008, Dani Filth remembered:

This was a bit of a weird one. We actually recorded it as our second release, but we then had to take our label to court which meant that most of it was temporarily lost for legal reasons. The next thing I know the band had split into two-halves, and after releasing the V Empire EP my half was able to re-record and finally release the album. In a way it actually worked in our favour, because after nearly two years of legal battles and non-stop hassle I think the troubles of the times actually came through on the recording. We actually worked with Kit Woolven on that one, who most people knew from working with Thin Lizzy, so it had a very lush edge as well as this distinctive, dark vibe. To this day this is the album that a lot of our fans seem to be really drawn to. And it catapulted us into a whole new world.[3]

According to Dani Filth, a music video was produced for the title track, featuring the instrumental "Carmilla's Masque" as a coda.[2]

The album climaxes with a guest speech from Venom's Cronos on the final track, "Haunted Shores".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dani Filth, all music composed by Cradle of Filth (Filth, Stuart Anstis, Gian Pyres, Robin Graves, Damien Gregori and Nicholas Barker).

No. Title Length
1. "Humana Inspired to Nightmare" (instrumental) 1:23
2. "Heaven Torn Asunder"   7:06
3. "Funeral in Carpathia"   8:24
4. "A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil's Whore)"   8:35
5. "Malice Through the Looking-Glass"   5:30
6. "Dusk and Her Embrace"   6:09
7. "The Graveyard by Moonlight" (instrumental) 2:28
8. "Beauty Slept in Sodom"   6:32
9. "Haunted Shores" (feat. Cronos of Venom) 7:04
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[5]
CMJ New Music Monthly unfavourable[6]
Exclaim! favourable[7]

AllMusic wrote, "Dusk and Her Embrace may be [Cradle of Filth's] finest moment."[4]


Cradle of Filth[edit]

Guest/session musicians[edit]

  • Danielle Cneajna Cottington – backing vocals
  • Cronos – vocals on "Haunted Shores"


  • Kit Woolven - producer, engineer
  • Dan Sprigg - assistant engineer
  • Mike "Exorcist" Exeter, Sato Devinn - additional engineering


Year Chart Position
1996 Finnish Albums Chart[8] 24
UK Albums Chart[9] 107


  1. ^ Woodley, Laura (20 June 2012). "Cradle of Filth to Release Eight Album Reissues – Cradle of Filth". theorderofthedragon.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Schinzel, Drew (4 September 1997). "CoC : Cradle of Filth : Interview : 4/9/1997". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Ryan Bird. Kerrang! #1236, November 15, 2008. Treasure Chest: an Ultimate Portrait of a Life in Rock. Dani Filth. P. 54
  4. ^ a b Torreano, Bradley. "Dusk and Her Embrace – Cradle of Filth: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Meloon, Brian (2 January 1997). "CoC : Cradle of Filth – Dusk and Her Embrace : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Christe, Ian (May 1997). "Metal". CMJ New Music Monthly (CMJ Network, Inc.): 48. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Palmerston, Sean (August 2001). "Cradle of Filth – Dusk And Her Embrace • Metal Reviews • exclaim.ca". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cradle of Filth - Dusk & Her Embrace (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chris C. - CZR". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 

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