The Principle of Evil Made Flesh is Symphonic/Melodic Black Metal, Total Fucking Darkness is Symphonic Black/Death Metal, VEmpire is Symphonic black metal and Dusk and Her Embrace is symphonic black metal but too mellow imo, after this album is "extreme gothic metal" and before all of these they were a death metal band. Cradle were seen as a BM band in 1994, they said that themselves and so did Mirai from Sigh and Moonblood who liked the band a lot at the time, Dani was calling his music BM as late as 2003 and no-one thought that then.
They almost don't have a single bad album in my opinion, they consistently release good shit. Even to this day, they are still putting out quality releases.  i get the Thornography-haters, but even there is nice stuff like Under Huntress Moon.
I wanted to hate this band so bad in my teen years, mostly because of a girl I knew and despised in my adolescence. Unfortunately, I let that ruin a good band for me for quite some time (until I finally got over that petty bullshit and discovered groundbreaking and fucking kick ass this band is). They almost don't have a single bad album in my opinion, they consistently release good shit. Even to this day, they are still putting out quality releases. Most bands break up after a couple of albums, but COF can still hang with the best of them.
My all-time favorites were always V Empire and Dusk and her Embrace. It´s been a long time since I had listened to any albums other than those 2 until a couple of months ago. The first albums I initially listed to were Nymphetamine, Thornography, The Principle of Evil made Flesh, and Dusk and her Embrace, about 9 years ago(I started to listen to them around the time Thornography came out).
Out of the post-Thornography albums, which is considered the best one? From what I have been reading, Hammer of the Witches seems to have a cult following, but is it just new album hype or has it really stood the test of time since the months released? I hadn´t listened to Venus Aversa since it came out pretty much but I liked Manticore and Hammer the most (along with Godspeed). I will listen to all of them a coule more times just to make sure.