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Cruelty and the Beast

Band
TypeStudio Full-length
Released
GenresSymphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
LabelsMusic for Nations
Length58:49
Ranked#6 for 1998 , #124 all-time
Reviews :  6
Comments :  62
Total votes :  68
Rating :  90.2 / 100
Have :  46
Want : 2
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Cruelty and the Beast Information

Line-up (members)

Guest / additional musicians

  • Ingrid Pitt : Elizabeth Báthory Narration (tracks 7, 8)
  • Danielle Cneajna Cottington : Backing Vocals
  • Sarah Jezebel Deva : Backing Vocals

Production staff / artist

  • Jan Peter Genkel : Producer
  • Cradle of Filth : Producer
  • Mike Exeter : Engineer
  • Dan Sprigg : Engineer
  • Mark Harwood : Orchestral Recordings
  • Mez : Artwork, Layout
  • Stu Williamson : Sleeve Photography
Recorded from January to March at DEP International / Abattoir Studios, Birmingham, England, 1998.

This is a concept album based on the legend of the Hungarian "blood countess" Elizabeth Báthory (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian).

Also released on 12"-vinyl, omitting the song "Lustmord and Wargasm (The Lick of Carnivorous Winds)".

The limited Celtic Cross edition didn't include the last two tracks, but contained the following bonus tracks instead:
9. Lustmord and Wargasm (The Relicking of Cadaverous Wounds) (7:58)
10. Black Metal [Venom cover] (3:27)
11. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Shallow Be My Grave) [Iron Maiden cover] (7:04)
12. Sodomy & Lust [Sodom cover] (4:47)
13. Twisting Further Nails [The Cruci-Fiction Mix] (5:32)

Re-released in 2001 by Koch Records (CAT# KOC-CD-8292) as limited 2CD edition, where CD1 is normal 10-tracks version and Bonus CD has all tracks from Celtic Cross edition.

Japanese edition comes with the Iron Maiden cover "Hallowed Be Thy Name" as a bonus track in a different mix than any other album versions.

On the song "Bathory Aria", there is a guest appearance by Ingrid Pitt, who starred in the 1970 film "Countess Dracula" - a film based on E. Bathory, which is who the album is based upon.

Cradle of Filth Discography

Album titleTypeRelease dateRatingVotesReviews
Studio 83.3 283
EP 91.1 326
Studio 89.7 817
Studio 90.2 686
EP 81 153
Studio 86.3 375
Studio 74.9 173
Live 86.3 30
Live 78.9 92
Studio 67.5 182
Studio 78 353
EP - 00
Studio 61.8 392
Studio 77.7 253
Studio 81.7 282
Studio 47.6 230
Studio 71.6 202
EP - 00
Studio 82 241
Studio 78.3 110
Studio 90.9 352
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