To call this “Black metal” would be mislabeling this band. But then again, why does it need to be “Black Metal” to be astonishingly brutal? This album takes alot longer than Cruelty and The Beast to get used to. But it’s well worth it in the end. Dani’s screeches are better on their latest album (Cruelty), and even the songwriting of Cruelty surpasses “Dusk”, but everything else is astonishingly better on this album. Robin’s bass is not only audible, but very commanding, and the guitar tones are almost perfect. “Dusk”’s drum sounds are far better on this album. And once you get accustomed to those neck-breaking beat changes, they’ll grow on you faster than a necrophile runs for a Victoria’s Secret Tour Bus Crash. So if you’re new to Cradle of Filth, I reccomend you check out Cruelty And The Beast FIRST. But “Dusk” is still nothing short of an epic album. I guarantee you won’t hear anything else like this from another band. This band defies most modern music by making everything as big and epic as possible. Songs like, “Dusk And Her Embrace” reach incredible speeds, but they still never lose their wonderful ambiance. There are heavy Iron Maiden influences, and even a bit of old Slayer influences (Hell Awaits, Show No Mercy). My personal favorites of this album are “Funeral In Carpathia” and “A Gothic Romance”. Regardless, there is not one bad song on this masterpiece. So if your looking for something extreme, yet beautiful, check out “Dusk…And Her Embrace” and you sure as hell won’t be dissapointed!