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Cruelty and the Beast

Cradle of Filth Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Once Upon Atrocity
2. Thirteen Autumns And A Widow
3. Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
4. Beneath The Howling Stars
5. Venus In Fear
6. Desire In Violent Overture
7. The Twisted Nails Of Faith
8. Bathory Aria: Benighted Like Usher/A Murderer Of Ravens If Fuge...
9. Portrait Of The Dead Countess
10. Lustmord And Wargasm (The Lick Of Carnivorous Winds)
Disc: 2
1. Lustmord And Wargasm (The Lick Of Carnivorous Wonds)
2. Black Metal
3. Hallowed Be Thy Name
4. Sodomy And Lust
5. Twiststing Further Nails

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple: Amazing. Dec 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Being a Cradle of Filth fan...
I must say...This is Probably my favourite album of theirs...
It blew me away...The amazing sounds of this Black/Gothic Metal album. If you do not know Cradle Of Filth, this is a good starter album... just lay down, play this album from beging to end, and listen....
Disc ONE: (Favourites capitalized)
1) Once Upon Atrocity 2/5
Typical Cradle of Filth begining track. Instrumental, Gothic.
But- I give it a 2 because it leads greatly to-
Amazing and heavy. Great beat, Mix of opera, Dani's screechy/screams, Amazing.
If you do not know what Black Metal is, listen to this song...
Brutally heavy and great!!!!
5) Venus In Fear 1/5
Very, very disturbing....
This album is about a so called famous and cruel witch from the 1500's, there is MUCH MUCH MUCH more to the story, But, from what I know, this witch was tortourus and evil. SIMPLY cruel... And it is gothic opera music, with sounds of Elizabeth in pleasure, and a women screaming in agony... Lizzy! I told you, stop drinking womens blood!
Amazing, angry, heavy, loud, fast.
Speaking of evil, this song is perfect.
It Just Simply sounds great! But not the best. One of my favourites.
9) Portriat Of The Dead Countless 1/5
Short, Boring, Classical Intrumental...
Everything That I like...
Disc TWO (Bonus...)
Heavy, fast, Sounds great. I love the guitar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is no beast without cruelty July 15 2004
By John
Format:Audio CD
While not as Heavy as "dusk and her embrace" or as fast as "the principle of evil made flesh" this is some of the most beautiful music i have ever listened to in my opinion. "cruelty and the beast" tells the story of a one Elizebeth Bathory from the 1600's ( I apoligize if that isnt the exact time) Whom had a liking for virgin blood. It follows her from her Rise to her demise. Through Dani's lyrics the story is wonderfully told. This is an album, where I can find something special about every track. I feel they really had a goal to set for themselves as a band when they recorded this album and I believe they reached it. Now I hear many whom aren't fans of cof complain about the style of dani filth's vocals, are they a little odd and unique? Yes. Now onto my thoughts on the tracks. I will not explain the concept of the album because chances are you already know it. So i will just give my personal opinions.
Once upon atrocity - 4/5 I really believe cof trys there best with there short insturmentals and they are usually worth a few listens
Thirteen autumns and A widow - 10/5 The 1st song I heard when I bought this album it truly blew me away.
Cruelty Brought thee orchids 5/5 Definetly a fan favorite and for good reason I love dani's style of vocals in this song.
Beneath the howling star - 6/5 A beautiful song I love Sara's (backing female vocals) In this song
Veuns in fear - 3/5 Probably the only cof insturmental I have not been able to get into.
Desire in violent overture - 5/5 Another incredible song I lvoe the guitar in this one, it goes from a heavy solo and it becomes more melodic throughout the song.
The twisted nails of faith - 5/5 I love the lyrics in this one has a very eerie violin intro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Will Convince you... June 17 2004
By Six
Format:Audio CD
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!!!
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Say what you want about Cradle of Filth. They have a quite a reputation and get a lot of flak from the Metal Underground, partly because I think people are jealous of the band's musical talent. It seems like anything involving talented musicians that bring quality music get hammered by those who strive for mediocrity. Cradle of Filth don't always soar high on every album they make, in fact most of their offerings don't possess what Cruelty does. This record is quality from start to finish.
If someone asked me what this CD sounded like I would tell them that it's pure drama made into music. The atmosphere can be incredibly dense at times, but then dip down and whirl back at you at the right time, never missing its mark. It's very beautiful the way COF pull the listener into their world and hold them until it's over. That kind of control is hard to master. A lot of this has to do with the way the songs are composed. Some are more complicated in their structure, but they are all equally engaging. You can't ignore it. Every aspect of the music interweaves like a flock of birds flying over head.
Lastly, I really enjoy how COF has the sensibility not to go all-out blasting through every song. The breaks and dips are all perfectly placed. For example, in "Beneath the Howling Stars" you get that gorgeous melodic breakdown where every note sucks into you like breath of fresh air, because up until that point in the song, its all up-tempo galloping.
For someone new to COF, I would recommend buying the Lovecraft and Witch Hearts double CD, or this CD. They are both great intros to the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best COF album
This is a great album and the best form Cradle of Filth. A GOTHIC Black Metal masterpiece. A orginal album. Cradle of Filth have made some good albums but none as good as this. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Devils Tongue
2.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUND KILLS IT - SORRY
I would love to say that Cruelty is a great CD, but the sound is so lacking that it is mediocre at best. The drum sound is horrendous. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Bryan Torino
1.0 out of 5 stars AND THE BEAT GOES ON...YIKES!
Hollow and empty-headed are the basic components in their tailor-made blasphemy. Their ideologies stew in a hearty soup of overproduction (everything AND the kitchen sink,... Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by lUKE wORLE
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Cradle album out ther
This album in my opinion is the best album Cradle has produced Nicholas Barker which is probably the best Drummer Cradle ever had comes on with some of the fiercest drum beats seen... Read more
Published on March 23 2004 by "dark_funeral24"
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
Why Marilyn Manson fans haven't latched onto this band by now is a mystery I'll be eternally grateful for. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Jeremy Ulrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Piece?
Thirteen Autumns and a Widow: 5/5 *
Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids: 5/5
Beneath the Howling Stars: 4. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by "shogo7870"
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection
this cd has to be the best cd that cradle of filth has to offer.
every song on this cd has to be a musical masterpiece.
buy this cd today.
Published on Dec 23 2003 by Carina V. Tejada
4.0 out of 5 stars It is known
Cradle of Filth are a target. Being a target of loatheing and admirartion all one can do is gaze in the eyes of the heavens or hells they desire to be in and earn thier admission... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by FormerZygote
4.0 out of 5 stars Good work from Filth
Cradle of Filth always has the ability to produce great metal, as can be seen in this one. It isn't the band's best work to date, but it is a very good concept album, and since... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2003 by mysanthropyk_overlord
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