Cradle of Filth are the shiznit!! It's all started when I heard "Hurt And Virtue" from the Damnation and a Day album. That song just flat out ROCKS!!!(My favorite song though is "Malice through the looking Glass"!!) From then on, my curiousity was sparked with this band. I immediatly bought Lovecraft and Witchhearts, loved it, then some ass hole stole it out of my fionce's car...Fckr! But when I heard this album, I said to myself,"Pure Magic!"... From start to finish, you'll either love it or hate it...but if you love it you will be convinced: These guys Rock! i don't care if all the diehard BM kids slam Cradle and say they aren't REAL Black Metal...They are the BEST black/dark metal band!! Thats why they get slammed, if your looking for some REAL dark metal music, with REAL musicianship, you have to check out Cradle of Filth's "Cruelty and the Beast"...A real treat, and then get they're latest "Damnation and a Day" it is they're best to date and they just keep getting better and better!!! And look out for "Nymphetamine" due to come out late Summer...Adios!!!