Prison of Desire

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Prison of Desire
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Studio album by After Forever
Released 21 April 2000
Recorded 16 December 1999–16 January 2000
Studio Excess Studio, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Genre Symphonic metal, gothic metal
Length 54:10
Label Transmission
Producer Hans Pieters, Dennis LeidelMeijer, Oscar Holleman
After Forever chronology
Wings of Illusion

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Prison of Desire
Singles from Prison of Desire
  1. "Follow in the Cry"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Chronicles of Chaos7.5/10 stars[2]

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.[3]

Track listings[edit]

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

1."Mea Culpa" (The Embrace That Smothers, Prologue)M. Jansen2:00
2."Leaden Legacy" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. I)M. Jansen5:07
3."Semblance of Confusion"F. Jansen4:09
4."Black Tomb"F. Jansen6:29
5."Follow in the Cry" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. II)M. Jansen4:08
6."Silence from Afar"M. Jansen5:51
7."Inimical Chimera"F. Jansen5:00
8."Tortuous Threnody"F. Jansen6:13
9."Yield to Temptation" (The Embrace That Smothers, Pt. III)M. Jansen5:53
10."Ephemeral"M. Jansen3:05
11."Beyond Me"M. Jansen, F. Jansen6:22
Songs played during the "Apocalypse" era[citation needed]
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 


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


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "After Forever Prison of Desire review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Flaaten, Chris (12 August 2000). "After Forever - Prison of Desire". Chronicles of Chaos. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "After Forever - Prison of Desire". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2 April 2010.