Cruelty and the Beast

Release date
29 Nov 2011
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Once Upon Atrocity 1:43 48,467
2 Thirteen Autumns and a Widow 7:14 41,979
3 Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids 7:14 60,729
4 Beneath the Howling Stars 7:39 50,055
5 Venus In Fear 2:22 38,683
6 Desire In Violent Overture 4:16 38,359
7 The Twisted Nails of Faith 6:50 47,166
8 Bathory Aria 11:00 32,476
9 Portrait of the Dead Countess 2:52 32,150
10 Lustmord And Wargasm (The Lick Of Carbivorous Winds) 7:31 360
1 Lustmord And Wargasm [The Lick Of Carnivorous Winds] 7:58 224
2 Black Metal 3:27 17,684
3 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:10 59,323
4 Sodomy & Lust 4:42 8,703
5 Twisting Further Nails (The Crucifiction Mix) 5:33 282

About this album

Cruelty and the Beast is the third studio album by English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth. It is a concept album based on the legend of the Hungarian “blood countess” Elizabeth Báthory.

The Album ranked tenth in a Kerrang! top ten “Essential Black Metal” albums list in 2000 and is regarded by many fans as one of Cradle of Filth’s classic releases. This was the last Cradle of Filth album to feature guitarist and songwriter Stuart Anstis, keyboardist Les Smith and drummer Nicholas Barker

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  • vonNachtmahr

    Horrible drum sound!

    3 Jan 4:34pm Reply

    the songs themselves are good, but they need to remaster this piece of shit.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • d3athrune

    First coF album i listened to and definitely my favorite, too epic.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Harkonnenka

    Brilliant album.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hoomet

    Last great album by this band. everything after this went downhill [2]

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • theendrecords11

    The Entire Cradle of Filth catalog is on sale now at The Omega Order!

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • killme-

    my fav <3

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • dimmuborgir6666

    I remember that long, I could not find this album. but finally did and totally crazy about this CD. Cassette fly non-stop, I knew every rif lyrics from the album by heart. I loved to listen to her in the cemetery at night :)

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Lextasys

    The drums sound is way too bad...anyway,it's still an awesome album....[2]

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • GraveReaper

    love this and I love the newer releases")

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ZelosWilder88

    Last great album by this band. everything after this went downhill

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • OnTheFly

    one of their best albums for sure and personally I really enjoy the mixing and sound

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • darkthrone

    The drums may sound like a piece of junk but you can clearly hear every detail of Barker's drumming. Personally, I could not imagine a better drum sound for this album, it's perfect for the album's atmosphere, and it is further proof that Nicholas Barker is a fuckin' god!!

    26 May 2011 Reply
  • AceHateCrew

    The drums sound is way too bad...anyway,it's still an awesome album....

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • betadron

    magnum opus. great vocals, not as harsh as dusk, better by far than the shit on midian and everything after. best riffs, shit is raw. i've never understood the issues with the drums. the production's quality to me. to bad nick didn't stick with them, he had skills. [2]

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    Awesome album fuck the haters

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • humbak666

    Cover is best

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Engelsblut667

    I only dislike how terrible the drum sounds [3]

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • blackslayer666

    a master piece !! it's just the greates album of COF

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • ahenathon

    Sounds like shit :(

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
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