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on 31 October 2001
For many aspiring black metal bands 'Bitter Suites to Succubi' would be nothing short of a triumph but for the creators of the likes of 'Cruelty and the Beast' and 'Midian' this is a lacklustre affair. Despite the bands insistence to the contrary this *not* an album as the release contains but four new tracks and two new instrumentals one of which consists of a small child wailing over some chords played by Mr Powell ('Dinner at Deviant's palace'. The other tracks consist of rehashed versions of three songs of Cradle's suspect first release. Though the tracks sound a great deal better compared to newer material they seem somewhat infantile and lacking. Luckily two of the four new tracks help disguise this by being rather uninspiring. The culprits are two rather tedious track entitled 'All Hope in Eclipse' and 'Suicide and Other Comforts' The final two tracks are fine examples of cradle's masterful craftsmanship of Gothic masterpieces. Those who feel Dani and his cohorts have grown overly commercial may be further disapointed with the "albums" direction.
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on 31 March 2002
You can't really call this an album as it only has 4 new tracks on it, the rest are either re-recordins from their "Principal of Evil Made Flesh" album or cover songs. So if you dont allready have that album then its a great buy because they have taken the best tracks such as "summer dying fast" and "The Princupal of Evil Made Flesh" from that album and re-recorded them because on the old album the recording was a bit raw. The new tracks are also excellent although it's rather different to their older material it's more "new-age Cradle of Filth" but still very good with tracks like "Suicide and Other Comforts" and "Scorched Earth Erotica" which in my opinion are better than anything on the "Midian" album. The cover songs are ok but nothing special, so not really an album but a taster of what's to come from their new album.....I can't wait :-)
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on 15 April 2003
Firstly to all those complaining that this is just the same as Cradle Of Filth's other records then this is not, this is a very different CD from previous ones such as Principal Of Evil Made Flesh and Dusk.......And Her Embrace.
Secondly, the drumming isn't too bad. No where near as bad as it's been made out to be.
Third, Cradle are a different band from Dimmu Borgir (who you should really check out) so of course they're going to use different techniques. You'd soon complain if they didn't.
As a stop - gap album this has to be one of the best, the cover of Sisters Of Mercy's "No Time To Cry" is amazing. The 3 re-recorded songs (Summer Dying Fast, Black Goddess Rises and Principal Of Evil Made Flesh) sound so much better now. The Principal Of Evil Made Flesh album had a raw quality but these versions sound much better (especially Summer Dying Fast). A top album, not their best but still worth a listen.
If you like this then check out Midian, Cruelty and The Beast and Damnation & A Day. If your into their older stuff then get Principal of Evil Made Flesh, V Empyre(Dark Faerytales In Phallustein), Cradle to Enslave or Dusk...And Her Embrace. If you're new to Cradle Of Filth get Lovecraft and Witchhearts or Live Bait For The Dead.
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on 3 July 2001
After listenin to Midian, I found it hard to believe that they could ever better it. BSTS is another storming release although I do have criticisms. First of all- I was hoping for better production...I have to turn me hi-fi up really loud just to hear it properly, whereas Dimmu Borgirs PEM requires half of that(Cradle should learn somethin from Dimmu here). Secondly, the re-make of Black Goddess...- There was no effort put into this song and for once a Cradle of Filth song became boring. The ending track also lacked effort and both of these songs seemed rushed efforts, I would have preferred an amazing album to come out 3 months later with more thought and effort. The re-make of Sisters of Mercys "no time to cry".... However, the new tracks were absolutely amazing and proves that Cradle should continue to make new songs rather than go back to old ones and make covers of other songs which are lyrically no-where near Dani's masterpieces. Born in a Burial Gown, Suicide and other Comforts and All hope in Eclipse are wicked tunes- especially when the heavy guitar's kick in. So, overall- a good album that just lacks a bit of time, dedication and care in parts. I'm sure their next album will be the best ever.
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on 30 June 2001
While tracks like 'Born In A Burial Gown' and the cover version of 'No Time To Cry' are both excellent in their own right, I don't think it quite matches the standard that was set when 'Midian' was released. The new version of 'The Principal Of Evil Made Flesh' is pretty good, but I still think the original was a lot heavier. It's good to see that there are extras appearing on music CD's now - like the Video for 'B.I.A.B.G', it's worth buying for that alone, as you probably won't get to see it on many music channels very often. Overall the album is very good, but, as I thought when I bought it - there was no track to match my personal favourite 'Her Ghost In The Fog'.
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on 12 June 2001
From what i have heard, this album is great. The single "born in a burial gown" is fantastic and the re-recordings of the best songs of the 1st album are great and much more furious and energetic. To tell the truth though, after being deeply hurt & dissapointed by teh effortless midian, and hearing that cradle were signing to a more popular record label, i was worried about the outcome of this mini-album and the mainstream effects of it. But from what i have heard, i can tell you that this mini-album/ep is certainly not a sell out of Cradle, although midian nearly was!
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on 20 June 2001
I've been with Cradle Of Filth since the beginning and even though I think this CD is great like the others, the fact that the bands quest to make their sound brutal but accessible at the same is more apparent than ever. 'Midian' was a fine album, but its 'friendlier' sound made some people worry that they were turning into 'wusses' and turning their back on the more extreme measures of the black metal scene, this release doesn't help matters, the new tracks on offer, while excellent peices of work, lack the sheer brutality that Cradle are known for, the cover of Sisters Of Mercy's 'No Time To Cry' is an awesome addition to Cradle's list of covers and has much more punch than the original. Much talk has, strangely, been made about the re-recording of 3 tracks from the bands debut album, 'The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh', these tracks are basically a statement from the band that thats how these songs should have sounded like the first time and sound fresh and powerful. At stated earlier, this mini-album is great, but don't expect the new songs to be as brutal as past efforts.
CD Highlights:- "Born In a Burial Gown", "No Time To Cry", "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh" and "Scorched Earth Erotica"
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on 15 February 2002
it was quite a shame that you have to listen to older tracks but the 6 new ones and a cover of Sisters of Mercy makes up for it.
The album kicks off with an instrumental, but after that all the wicked tracks start pounding into your skull. Born in a Burial Gown has the evilness and Summer Dying Fast (a personal favourite) and No Time To Cry show COFs talent with their excellent riffs and solos and shows off the guitarists talents. After that, you get even more of Dani's screams and shrieks in Priciple... but untill the last track, i think things get dulled down. Suicide and Other Comforts is a bit poor for COF, and who wants to listen to a child screaming in a song[Dinner a t Deviants Palace], and then the penultimate track: a re-make of Black Goddess from their debut album. Luckily they get into the swing of things with Scorched Earth Erotica. The guitars are present but not intrusive and theirs a nice little solo towards the end. A nice track to end on.
You must get this album
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on 21 June 2001
This CD is less heavy as the older COF, but it is amazing, Born in a Burial Gown, being one of the best songs, the cover of the Sisters of Mercy song 'No Time To Cry' also is very good, and to be honest every song is worth the money. It is better I think than 'Midian' but not as good as 'Dusk...And Her Embrace' It takes a few listens to love it, but when you do, your hooked.
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on 25 July 2001
After the pitiful travesty that was Midian, I was shocked to find that I couldn't buy BSTS for quite some time. After a while though, and after listening to Cruelty again to regain my confidence in the greatest band in the universe, I bought BSTS. I will never regret it. Bitter Suites may be just a teaser of things to come, but it is a work of genius. The artwork and music (once again) complement each other perfectly, with a running theme of a post-apocalyptic, sun-blasted Earth. The remakes of the Principle songs are on the whole an improvement, the new musical directions taken with Born in a Burial Gown and Scorched Earth Erotica are brilliant and the instrumental Dinner at Deviant's Palace is simply frightening as Hell. This album won't convert new fans, but it will definitely sate the appetites of those waiting for the next big release.
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