Cradle of Filth

Cradle of Filth: Cruelty and the Beast

Review by Rotwang

What can be said about Cradle of Filth's new album "Cruely and the Beast." Once again, our black metal friends from England have released another superb disc. Chronicling the life and times of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, "Cruelty and the Beast" is by far Cradle of Filth's best release yet. It is obvious that great care and much time was put in to compose the melodies and themes (an actual orchestra was contracted!). As usual, Dani Filth spent months writing sweeping epic poems to go with his equally theatric screams. He also has tightened his voice so he doesn't sound like a three-year old throwing a tantrum (thereby fixing the only major flaw with "Dusk...and Her Embrace," Cradle of Filth's last album). However, "Cruelty and the Beast" is somewhat slower than their previous work (allowing for a more melodic structure), and because of this will probably not go over as well with their metal fans, who want fast. This may have something to do with the new keyboardist, Lecter, having the ability to work with an orchestra, as opposed to using synthetic instruments, giving a much richer, and far less melodramatic sound. But for those who look at other aspects besides speed in their music, "Cruelty and the Beast" should make a very satisfying choice.

Relevant Links:

Official Site

Haunted Shores Site

Haunted Shores Mirror

Second Haunted Shores Mirror

Asphyxiated Oblivion

Another Cradle of Filth Site

Drachir's Site

Elohim Meth

Nijad's Page

Pandora's Box Unhinged

The Cradle of Filth Clan

Band photo from Haunted Shores.