The Divisive Nature of Cradle of Filth 

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San Antonio music staples talk love and hate of Cradle of Filth

Metal Matt of Encrypted and Exulcerate • When they came out I found them interesting because at the time Norwegian and Swedish black metal was huge. Viking or Pagan metal was the thing. Cradle was from England which is known to be gothic. So they went with that. It was pretty different at the time. Now, they’re a bunch of sell-out[s].

Beer of Hod, Rancid Vat, Pillcrusher • Cradle of Filth is black metal for chicks spawned in the penny well of a mall.

Kyle of Hellknife • I think Cradle of Filth always gets put in the black metal category of music, but it’s obviously not the same as bands like Bathory, Blasphemy or Darkthrone, so the majority of extreme metal enthusiasts often have a negative opinion of them. I enjoy them in the aspect that they’re more of a goth rock/metal band. The elaborate makeup and costumes with satanic imagery might seem black metal in an aesthetic sense, but nobody calls Christian Death or Marilyn Manson black metal for those reasons.

Phanie of Girl in a Coma and Fea • I did wear the nun masturbating shirt once to church. Fuck it. I had one shirt and one record, The Principle of Evil Made Flesh. It was given to me in high school and it was my introduction into something other than punk and new wave. It used to make my mom sooo mad. I would pump it up, and she was like, ‘You’re doing drugs.’

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