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  • Audio CD (7 Aug. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cacophonous
  • ASIN: B00005NNFQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,946,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I was initially quite disappointed with this album - having listened to Midian, I was unimpressed with Dani's rather monotonous rasping vocals. Over the weeks, however, this album spent more and more time in my CD player - it needs some effort to get into it, but once you're there, it rocks! The drumming on this CD is *AMAZING*; why is this sound not used anymore? The riffs are intricate and crisp, and suck you into the melodies; with the guitars very low in the mix, this creates a distinctive sound that emphasises the complex rhythms of songs like tracks 3, and 8. The epic, Grand-Guignol bombast of Midian is lacking, but the haunting, desolate synths of Summer Dying Fast and To Eve the Art of Witchcraft more than compensate. Also, am I alone in thinking that the ending of Summer Dying is just SOOOOOO beautiful? Buy this album. I won't say it's better or worse than Midian, just different.
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Take it from a man who has listened to not just all types of metal, but all types of music, intensely, for many many years..... this is one of the best albums you will find.
Up there with Carcass' Necrotism and Anathema's Serenades, if you do not have this album your collection has an almighty gap in it.
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By A Customer on 23 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Cradle of filth's first album is definetely 1 of their best. Ever since i first got this album I have been listening to it for ages. Veteran COF fans will notice that Dani's vocals are different-they are more raspy and menacing than his later work. here are a run-down of the songs :
1.Darkness our bride(jugular wedding)= A nice opener but a bit weak as far as COF intros are concerned.
2.The principle of evil made flesh= 1 of the best on here. heavy-as-hell !!
3.The forest whispers my name= a hauntingly good song with a chilling keyboard riff
4.Iscariot= A so-so instrumental but, again, not quite up to regular COF standards
5. The black goddess rises= Another standout track on the album. was later redone on "bitter suites to succubi" and made better but the original is still good
6.One final graven kiss= Absolutely BEAUTIFUL !! the best instrumental on the album
7. A crescendo of passion, bleeding= Brilliantly fast guitar riffage and an interesting mix of tempos throughout the song
8. To eve the art of witchcraft= An intersting song, this one. It starts off mixing organ melodies with thrash guitar riffs and in the middle of the song, the fury breaks down into a sweetly erotic tune...absolutely hypnotic. One of my favs on the album
9. Of mist and midnight skies= A huge organ intro at the start followed by guitars playing, this is perhaps one of the darkest songs on this album, not that the rest arent
10. In secret love we drown= Not a very good instrumental. in my opinion, this is the worst song on the album. its ok but is a bit naff
11. A dream of wolves in the snow= Starts off with a line quoted from Dracula and follows with a slow guitar riff and keyboard tune. This is one of the more melodic songs
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...Dusk and Her Embrace and Cruelty and the Beast, but this will always be the first and the best. Of Mist and Midnight Skies, To Eve the Art of Witchcraft, The Forest Whispers my Name, Summers Dying Fast, Black Goddess Rises, each and every song of this is at once both haunting and ear burningly brutal. I have to agree with the other comments I have read, a completely outstanding album
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The first Cradle of Filth album I bought was 'Midian', which I was very impressed by. After reading some reviews I decided to buy 'Cruelty And The Beast'. However, due to a mix up I received this album instead. So I thought "What the hell? I might aswell listen to it!". Little did I know that my taste in music would be changed so dramatically by this album.

The first thing I noticed was the contrast between the production on this album and on Midian. The "wall of sound" on Midian is replaced by a sparse sonic landscape. The guitars are fuzzy, the bass cold, the drums tight; all backed by keyboards, brimming with elegance. The vocals Dani produced on this album are raw, more true to the 'black metal' that was beginning to surface in Norway.

The songs themselves are brutal yet still elegant. Ranging from the harsh 'Princible of Evil Made Flesh' to the dreamy, floating imagery of 'In Secret Love We Drown'. There is something here for most extreme metal fans.

This album does lack the maturity of the ensuing albums but in my opinion contains an energy that the others lack. It is one of my favourite albums and will remain so. I cannot reccomend it more.

If you like this album and wish to experience more black metal then I reccomend 'In The Nightside Eclipse' by Emperor and 'Pure Holocaust' by Immortal. By these albums, you shant regret it.
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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
After being impressed with their previous demo "Total Fucking Darkness" nothing could prepare me for this opus when I bought it a long time ago. I prefer Dani's rasping vocals to his usual ear-piercing shriek - the evolution of which can be heard across subsequent releases. The atmosphere created by the guitars and, especially, the synth is incredible, and Nick's drumming is excellent, although the drum production seemed to get better on later albums. All the songs are truly first-class efforts, but the killing bite to the throat for me has to be "Of Mist And Midnight Skies". It was great to see the return of Paul Allander with the release of Midian, who departed shortly after this release.I only hope that Ben Ryan would return to add his symphonic wizardry once again. As a final note, why does nobody seem to recognise that the title of the last "hidden" track is actually "Imperium Tenebrarum". To summarise, this was COF at their very best, and it is a shame that they do not release anything along the same lines today. I look forward to the new album, however, which contains re-recordings of three tracks from this album.
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