Cruelty and the Beast
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Top Customer Reviews
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-
2) THREE AUTUMNS AND A WIDOW 4.5/5
Amazing and heavy. Great beat, Mix of opera, Dani's screechy/screams, Amazing.
3) CRUELTY BROUGHT THEE ORCHIDS 5/5
If you do not know what Black Metal is, listen to this song...
4) BENEATH THE HOWLING STARS 5/5
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!
6) DESIRE IN VIOLENT OVERTURE 5/5
Amazing, angry, heavy, loud, fast.
7) THE TWISTED NAILS OF FATE 5/5
Speaking of evil, this song is perfect.
8) BATHORY ARIA 4/5
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...
10) LUSTMORD AND WARGASM 5/5
Everything That I like...
Disc TWO (Bonus...)
1) THE LICK OF CADEVEROUS WOUNDS 5/5
Heavy, fast, Sounds great. I love the guitar!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 14 2004 by Devils Tongue
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 morePublished on June 30 2004 by Bryan Torino
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 morePublished on March 28 2004 by lUKE wORLE
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 morePublished on March 23 2004
Why Marilyn Manson fans haven't latched onto this band by now is a mystery I'll be eternally grateful for. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Jeremy Ulrey
Thirteen Autumns and a Widow: 5/5 *
Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids: 5/5
Beneath the Howling Stars: 4. Read more
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.