- Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Fierce Records
- ASIN: B000006OPR
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cruelty & Beast
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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.Read more ›
This album is no different.Centering on the story of Elizabeth(Erzsebet) Bathory,a 16th century countess of Hungary.She embarked on a nefarious endevour to get every last drop of virgin blood she could find.In the end, killing over 600 young virgin women.This album takes the story and puts it into a wild opera that will leave you craving for more.
-First,is the instrumental track "Once Upon Atrocity".While soft,this track does not compromise its brooding evil,full of brass,strings,and a bit of a choir to get the full effect across.THe track slowly leads into the 1st song of the cd,"Thirteen Autumns and A Widow." This song makes a wonderful mix of everything in it.While,for the most part,keeping a medium pace.Everything in this piece fits perfectly into place,while maintaining a feel of surprise with every change.
-Onto the 3rd work of this album,"Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids",A high piece in Cruelty's perspective,making light of Bathory's prime.This is powerful track,once again revealing Cradle's time and effort put into each and every song on this album.Next, is"Beneath the Howling Stars",an exquisite track proving Dani's lyrical genius again and again.Followed by the instrumental "Venus In Fear" where Les,or Lecter,puts the spotlight on his amazing musical talent,not to mention a few "orgasmic" efects to go along.
-6th is the track "Desire in Violent Overture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
CoF fans rightfully regard this as the group's crowning achievement. The best songs are on the first half, and when I say they are great songs, I mean great songs the way "The... Read morePublished 5 months ago by The Book Hoarder
Cd case was cracked and CDs were just floating around when I opened packagePublished 11 months ago by Zach fletcher
Cradle of Filth is one of my favorite groups in this genre, although I don't think they are "real" black metal. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Lee
Firstoff I'm going to make one immediate gripe about this album that gets me. In one track they back the song with the static of a scratchy old vinyl, to give u the atmosphere... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Reptilian Solitude
Dusk and her Embrace and this one are the grimist and yet Brutal. Then came Midian and Damnation and Darkly Darkly these are my favorite Cradle of Filth cd's and their lastest... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by RandydeeBrown
What can I say about this album to give you the impression it deserves? Cruelty And The Beast is hands-down Cradle Of Filth's best release in all ways. Every track is phenomenal. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by ThatOneGuy
I remember listening to this cd about ten years ago. I remembered it being good back then but decided to give it another whirl. And let me tell you that I was blown away. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by musicfanatic
This is the best black metal album ever. it gives you a feeling that you are a vampire. The vocals are maniac and cool and i like very much how the keyboards combined with guitars. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
An outstanding album that is nothing less of spectacular for any metal fan.
This is such a great album, by far the best cradle album. Read more