Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa

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Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa cover.jpg
Studio album by Cradle of Filth
Released 1 November 2010
Recorded Monkey Puzzle House Studio, Woolpit, Suffolk, England, June 2010
Genre Extreme metal
Length 62:37
Label Peaceville (Europe)
Nuclear Blast (US)
Cradle of Filth chronology
Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder
Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
Evermore Darkly
Singles from Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa
  1. "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)"
    Released: 18 October 2010
  2. "Lilith Immaculate[1]"
    Released: 2011

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's only album to feature keyboardist Ashley Ellyllon, and is also the band's final album with Dave Pybus as their bass player.


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

Concept and musical style[edit]

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.


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:

  • A second disc of bonus tracks and demos (including "Adest Rosa Secreta Eros", an exclusive track not available on any other edition of the album)
  • DVD – the promo video for "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)" plus a documentary on the making of the video
  • A 64-page hardback book containing band photos, musings and artwork
  • An exclusive T-shirt available only in this box
  • A limited edition lenticular 3D image of the album cover art
  • Five photographic prints
  • An official certificate of authenticity from the band


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[10]
Alternative Press 3/10[11]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[12]
Metal Hammer (GER) 5/7 stars[13]
Metal Storm 7.3/10[14]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[15]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[16]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[17]
Sonic Seducer favourable[18]
Uncut 3/5 stars[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]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
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:


Cradle of Filth
Additional personnel
  • Mark Newby-Robson – orchestration
  • Andy James – additional guitars
  • Lucy Atkins – vocals
  • Dora Kemp – backing vocals and choir
  • Ralph Woodward – choir conductor and arranger
  • Ruth McCabe, Tim Cutts, Craig Miller, Philippa Mann, Anna Asbach-Cullen – choir
Technical personnel
  • Scott Atkins – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Doug Cook – producer, engineer
  • Rupert Matthews – assistant engineer
  • Andy Sneap – assistant engineer, mastering at Backstage Studios
  • Natalie Shau – cover art


Year Chart Position
2010 Top Independent Albums (USA) 7[20]
Top Hard Rock Albums (USA) 10[20]
Finnish Albums Chart 18[21]
Top Rock Albums (USA) 19[20]
German Albums Chart 43[22]
Austrian Albums Chart 50[23]
French Albums Chart 55[24]
Swiss Albums Chart 61[25]
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Flanders) 64[26]
GfK Dutch Chart 83[27]
Australian Albums Chart 89[28]
UK Albums Chart 95[29]
Ultratop Belgian Chart (Wallonia) 97[30]
Billboard 200 (USA) 99[20]
Oricon Japanese Albums Chart 240[31]


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