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Cruelty and the Beast

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  • For those of you unfamiliar with Cradle of filth, CoF is usually left as in a mixed genre,but quickly came to pass as a black metal band.For many of us,this is vastly untrue,at least soundwise.Lyically and vocally Cradle has some of the darkest material to offer,and hopefully falls right into your alley. 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.”one of the shorter pieces on cruelty,this song makes no stops along the way,dominated by Guitar and a few keyboard effects to compliment,this song isn’t hadicapped by the 4:16 minute time.”The Twisted Nails of Faith”,a wonderous tale starting with a great keyboard intro,this song goes through all the stops with very nice transitions;to compare the beginning and and of this song would be night and day.8th is “Bathory Aira” ,a work of musical and lyrical art.A true aria this is,comprised of three parts endindg in insanity and the death of the countess.This Track is my Favorite for its wonderful soundscapes and obvious articulation as a piece of art.”Portrait of the Dead Countess”,another instrumental,about the sorrow of the Death of the countess Bathory.-Finally, is “Lustmord and Wargasm:THe lick of Carniverous Winds.”the vocal expression of the countess’s passing.THis track,to me,seemed very passive;creating a wonderful blur of emotions to leave you in awe.The only bad thing I can say about this album is the quality of the drums,sounding like playtoys in a crowded kitchen.While not to say the drums weren’t fantastic,Nick Barker does a wonderful job on this album,which was also his last Cradle cd.In all this album is the best cradle has to offer,from passage to passage you’ll never grow bored of this cd.Plus,there’s a bonus cd with great covers of Cradle’s own inspiration.Absolutley worth the Money.

    Posted on January 24, 2010