Cradle Of Filth will officially re-release their 1998 album “Cruelty And The Beast” on November 1 via Music For Nations. This version of the effort, which is titled “Cruelty And The Beast – Re-Mistressed,“ was remixed and remastered by Scott Atkins. It will also include a bonus cover of Iron Maiden‘s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,“ new artwork by Stuart Williamson, and revised liner notes by frontman Dani Filth and Dayal Patterson. Pre-orders can be found HERE.
“Released on the 5th of May, around the same time as we were arrested at the Vatican, ‘Cruelty.. and The Beast’ had been a painstaking labour of love, a year of intense writing amid ever growing popularity and distraction. The album’s concept of the Hungarian blood countess Elizabeth Bathory – both historically astute and fictionally correct – was to become a dangerous obsession of mine and one that saw many a first light of dawn working on the lyrics, hellbent on making the story worthy of her legend.”
“Cruelty And The Beast remains a phenomenally important album in the band’s back catalogue and one that I am exceptionally proud of, as I am exceptionally proud of this Re-Mistressed version, 21 years on from the original release. I hope the listener – sitting there by the flame-lit hearth with his/her walnut pipe on the go – thoroughly enjoys this Cradle classic, so vividly brought back to life for the fickle world today.”
“Cruelty And The Beast has long been considered a milestone album in Cradle Of Filth’s career, a combination of atmospheric storytelling and visceral, and surprisingly vicious, songs. This 21st anniversary edition has bolstered those songs with an added weight, improving the sound considerably with a warmer and punchier mix, making it a must hear for long-time fans and newcomers alike.”