Prison of Desire

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Prison of Desire
Studio album by After Forever
Released April 24, 2000
Recorded Excess Studio, Rotterdam, December 17, 1999 - January 16, 2000
Genre Symphonic metal, gothic metal
Length 54:10
Label Transmission
Producer Hans Pieters, Dennis LeidelMeijer, Oscar Holleman
After Forever chronology
Wings of Illusion
Demo

(1999)
Prison of Desire
(2000)
Decipher
(2001)
Singles from Prison of Desire
  1. "Follow in the Cry"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Prison of Desire is the debut album by Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever. It was released in 2000 in Europe. The album contains the first four installments of "The Embrace That Smothers" collection of songs by Mark Jansen. This collection of songs deals with the influence and distortion of religion in human society, a theme which continues in the Epica albums The Phantom Agony and The Divine Conspiracy.

The final track, "Beyond Me", features a guest appearance of Sharon den Adel, lead singer in Within Temptation.

The album was re-released in June 2008 as a 2-disc set by the re-financed Transmission Records. Sander Gommans has urged fans not to buy this re-release through the band's official forum.[2]

Track listings[edit]

All music composed by Mark Jansen, Sander Gommans, Floor Jansen, except "Mea Culpa" by M. Jansen.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Mea Culpa" (The Embrace That Smothers, Prologue) M. Jansen 2:00
2. "Leaden Legacy" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. I) M. Jansen 5:07
3. "Semblance of Confusion"   F. Jansen 4:09
4. "Black Tomb"   F. Jansen 6:29
5. "Follow in the Cry" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. II) M. Jansen 4:08
6. "Silence from Afar"   M. Jansen 5:51
7. "Inimical Chimera"   F. Jansen 5:00
8. "Tortuous Threnody"   F. Jansen 6:13
9. "Yield to Temptation" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. III) M. Jansen 5:53
10. "Ephemeral"   M. Jansen 3:05
11. "Beyond Me"   M. Jansen, F. Jansen 6:22
Total length:
54:10
Japanese Release
No. Title Lyrics Length
12. "Wings of Illusion" (Non-Album Track) F. Jansen 7:26
Limited Edition bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Length
12. "Leaden Legacy" (Instrumental version)   5:09
Chilean release bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Length
12. "Silence from Afar" (Radio Edit) M. Jansen 4:37
Bonus tracks 2008 edition track listing (Disc 1: The Album)
No. Title Lyrics Length
12. "Wings of Illusion" (Non-album track) F. Jansen 7:26
13. "Mea Culpa" (Previously unreleased instrumental version)   2:01
14. "Mea Culpa" (A-capella version) M. Jansen 1:50
15. "Semblance of Confusion" (Previously unreleased instrumental version)   4:07
16. "Follow in the Cry" (Previously unreleased instrumental version)   4:05
17. "Follow in the Cry" (Previously unreleased a-capella version) M. Jansen 1:20
2008 edition track listing (Disc 2: The Sessions)
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Silence from Afar" (Previously unreleased demo version) M. Jansen 5:55
2. "Wings of Illusion" (Previously unreleased demo version) F. Jansen 7:21
3. "Follow in the Cry" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 4:04
4. "Yield to Temptation" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 5:51
5. "Semblance of Confusion" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen 4:06
6. "Beyond Me" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen, M. Jansen 6:13
7. "Black Tomb" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen 6:29
8. "Tortuous Threnody" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen 6:10
9. "Ephemeral" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 3:03
10. "Inimical Chimera" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen 4:58
11. "Silence from Afar" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 5:50
12. "Mea Culpa" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 2:01
13. "Leaden Legacy" (Previously unreleased session version) M. Jansen 5:04
14. "Wings of Illusion" (Previously unreleased session version) F. Jansen 7:21
Songs played before 2000 but never recorded[citation needed]
No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "False"   M. Jansen  
2. "Ermine"   F. Jansen  
3. "Awaken in Delirium"   M. Jansen  
4. "Broken Skull"   F. Jansen  
5. "Immortality"   M. Jansen  
6. "Prison of Desire"   M. Jansen  
7. "Apocalypse"   M. Jansen  
8. "Legends of the Black Lake"   M. Jansen  
9. "Intermediate Station Earth"   M. Jansen  
10. "The Abdication"   M. Jansen  

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Additional musicians
  • Sharon den Adel - vocals on "Beyond Me"
  • Hans Cassa - choir
  • Caspar de Jonge - choir
  • Yvonne Rooda - choir
  • Melissa 't Hart - choir
Production
  • Hans Pieters - producer, engineer
  • Dennis Leidelmeijer - producer, engineer
  • Oscar Holleman - choir producer and engineer, mixing
  • Hans van Vuuren - executive producer, coordination and research
  • Peter van 't Riet - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "After Forever Prison of Desire review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  2. ^ "After Forever - Prison of Desire". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-04-02.