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CoF's Cruelty and the Beast - Nice one lads...
on 24 March 2001
I first saw this album when I was browsing around a few Black Metal bands. Cradle of Filth have accomplished what they were instructed to do. The popularity of their previous album (Dusk and Her Embrace) was so successful, that it sold over-seas, so they were naturally going to work hard on this one. Cruelty and the Beast is indeed a masterpiece for mainstream black metal, even though tracks such as 'Desire in Violent Overture' can convince any hardcore Black Metallers that Cradle of Filth get inspirations from bands such as Darkthrone, Bathory, etc. This album is quite intense, yet very melodical. Only problem is the power which the drums give out. Sounds kind of tinny, but then again, that's distinctive of CoF. I would recommend this to both 'true' black metallers and newbies to the scene. -Digital