After the melodramatic intro “Transmission From Hell” is the new track, “Thank Your Lucky Stars.” It's a good song, heavy and orchestral, with Dani Filth's diverse screeches, screams and singing. There's a remix version of “Forgive Me Father” that was done by Anthrax's Rob Caggiano. I personally don't like remixes, so this didn't do anything for me, but if you're into trance music you might dig it. An extended version of “Lilith Immaculate” is also included, which is about 2 minutes longer than the album version.
The demos are the most interesting part of Evermore Darkly. Hardcore fans especially will want to explore how the songs changed from the demo to the final recording. There are demo versions of “Forgive Me Father,” “The Persecution Song” and “The Spawn Of Love And War” from Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa.
Wrapping up the audio portion of the collection is an orchestral version of “Summer Dying Fast.” It's a teaser for COF's upcoming 2012 orchestral album Midnight In The Labyrinth, featuring reworked versions of songs from their first four albums, adding strings, choirs and narration. The band's sound is already very dramatic and orchestral, and this collection will be even more so, treading into movie soundtrack territory.
The DVD portion of Evermore Darkly has a tour documentary called You Can't Polish A Turd...But You Can Roll It In Glitter. It has live performances interspersed with a Dani Filth interview and candid footage as the band tours Europe. There are some interesting moments, but as tour documentaries go, it's about average.
Cradle Of Filth's set at the 2011 Graspop festival is part of the DVD as well, an hour long concert filmed in Belgium. The band plays songs from throughout their career, going all the way back to their 1994 debut The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh. Evermore Darkly is aimed at existing COF fans, and there's plenty of material to tide you over as you await new music.
(released October 18, 2011 on Nuclear Blast Records)