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 August 1996
Recorded September–November 1995 at DEP International Studios, Birmingham, England
Genre Extreme metal
Length 53:13
Label Music for Nations
  • Kit Woolven
  • 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 August 1996 and is their first release on the label Music for Nations.


A lot of material for the album was written while the band were still under Cacophonous Records' contract.[1] 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.[2]

According to Dani Filth, a music video was produced for the title track, featuring the instrumental "Carmilla's Masque" as a coda.[1]

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


Dusk and Her Embrace was released on 19 August 1996 by record label Music for Nations. It charted just outside of the UK top 100, at 107.[3]

The album was reissued in 2012 by record label The End.[4]

Dusk and Her Embrace: The Original Sin[edit]

Dani Filth revealed plans for a 20th anniversary release of the original 1995 Cacophonous recordings in 2015, and a release date was officially announced in 2016. Filth told Team Rock:

The original recordings of Dusk – which were literally just sat gathering dust on someone’s shelf – are actually going to see the light of day. It’s going to be a really cool part of Cradle history, and obviously they’ve never been heard before by anyone.[5]

The title for the new release was Dusk... and Her Embrace: The Original Sin. It was released on CD and digital on July 8, 2016, with a vinyl version promised for a later date.[6] The liner notes confirm that the lineup for this version was almost the same as for The Principle of Evil Made Flesh, including Paul Allender and Paul Ryan, but excluding Robin Graves, who was shortly replaced by Jon Kennedy. Both left the band before the 1996 version of Dusk... was recorded.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Chronicles of Chaos 8/10[8]
CMJ New Music Monthly unfavourable[9]
Exclaim! favourable[10]

Critical reception of this album has been generally positive. AllMusic wrote: "Dusk and Her Embrace may be [Cradle of Filth's] finest moment."[7]

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) except "Hell Awaits" by Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.

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: 53:13


Cradle of Filth
Guest/session musicians
  • 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
  • Nigel Wingrove – sleeve art direction and design
  • Simon Marsden, Salvatore, Chris Bell – sleeve photography
The Original Sin lineup


Chart (1996) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart[11] 24
UK Albums Chart[12] 107


  1. ^ a b Schinzel, Drew (4 September 1997). "CoC : Cradle of Filth : Interview : 4/9/1997". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Ryan Bird. Kerrang! #1236, November 15, 2008. Treasure Chest: an Ultimate Portrait of a Life in Rock. Dani Filth. P. 54
  3. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chris C. - CZR". zobbel.de. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  4. ^ Woodley, Laura (20 June 2012). "Cradle of Filth to Release Eight Album Reissues – Cradle of Filth". theorderofthedragon.com. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.teamrock.com/features/2015-07-15/the-best-of-everything-cradle-of-filth
  6. ^ "Cradle of Filth - Finally, the wait is over! The release... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  7. ^ a b Torreano, Bradley. "Dusk and Her Embrace – Cradle of Filth: Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Meloon, Brian (2 January 1997). "CoC : Cradle of Filth – Dusk and Her Embrace : Review". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Christe, Ian (May 1997). "Metal". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc.: 48. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Palmerston, Sean (August 2001). "Cradle of Filth – Dusk And Her Embrace • Metal Reviews • exclaim.ca". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cradle of Filth - Dusk & Her Embrace (album)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chris C. - CZR". zobbel.de. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 

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