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Cruelty and the Beast
Cradle of Filth
Cruelty and the Beast
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #2

Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.


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All Artists: Cradle of Filth
Title: Cruelty and the Beast
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Release Date: 7/10/2001
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Europe, British Isles, Death Metal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 099923829225


Album Description
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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CD Reviews

There is no beast without cruelty
John | New Jersey | 07/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. Bathory Aria - 20/5 Truly an epic if forced to pick a favorite song on this album it would be this song. Clocking in at over 11 minutes its truly beautiful and a masterpiece. Portrait of the dead countess - 4/5 A good insturmental sets the mood for the final song. Lustmord and wargasm( the lick of carnivorous winds) - 6/5 Incredible song beautiful intro. The final chapter in the incredible story that is "cruelty and the beast" DISC 2 ( BONUS CD) Now, onto the bonus cd. (NOTE: none of the these songs are involved with the story, unless you count the redone version of Lustmord and wargasm) Lustmord and Wargasm ( therelicking of cadaverous wounds) - 6/5 As good as the origional. Nothing to say about this that I haven't already said. Black Metal - 4/5 A good cover song Dani definetly did well here vocal wise. Hallowed be thy name - 20/5 Incredible iron maiden cover. Just incredible possiblly the best cover song I have ever heard. Sodomy and lust 4/5 A good Metal song not much else to say. Twisting further nails - 3/5 a DECENT remix of the twisted nails of faith. Seems to techno at points to be cof worth a listen though. In conclusion a beautiful album you will need to hear for yourself. Enjoy."
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Marktallica | Rota, Spain | 02/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're bored of today's American "metal" movement, I strongly reccomend this album! I guarantee it will be a breathe of fresh air! Although this band does not stay true to pure black metal (though most people label them that), this CD is without a doubt one of the best of 1999! This is Cradle of Filth at their very best! However, if you're looking for 1000 mph soloing free for alls, you won't get it from CoF. This band has plenty of method behind the madness. Any guitarist who appreciates teamwork, will appreciate the way Stuart and Gian play off of each other instead of fight each other for solos. Their guitar work is often reminiscent of those classic Iron Maiden harmonized riffs! Real guitar fans surely will not be dissapointed. And needless to say, the drums are insane on this album! It might take a while for you to get used to it, but after you get used to those neck-breaking beat changes, they will grow on you faster than a beastiophile runs for a Petting Zoo. The only thing that could turn some listeners off is Dani Filth's vocals. At first, his screeching might come off as just plain annoying, but after a while, his voice begins to fit the music. At times he sounds like a demonically possessed madman (low-bellowing growl), and other times he captures the sounds of a demon emerging from the fiery pits of Hell (demonic shrieking). Nonetheless, this guy's voice will grow on you, no doubt. And contrary to what some people think, no struggling is needed to get accustomed to this album; just an open mind. If your new to Cradle, I strongly suggest this album first! And as for Cradle fans, this album without a doubt surpasses "Dusk...And Her Embrace". I feel that they took the basic idea of "Dusk" and took it to a brilliantly brutal level! I can't even begin to name my favorite tracks on this album; the whole album is epic. Songs like, "Bathory Aria", and "Beneath The Howling Stars" contain some truly melodic parts in them, while songs like "Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids" and "The Twisted Nails of Faith" just plain rock! So if your looking for a huge breathe of fresh air, and a band that combines raw emotion, beauty, and unsettling melodies,and yet is still very much capable of bashing your head in, check out this CD and there's no way in hell you'll be dissapointed!"
innosynze | McAllen,TX | 05/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cradle's best work without a doubt. This is a masterpiece to the fullest. Just buy it and listen, you will be blown away!"