Digitally remixed and remastered edition of the British extreme metal band’s 1998 album. Cruelty And The Beast’s remix and remaster was handled by Grindstone Studio’s Scott Atkins. Singer Dani Filth comments: “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 labor 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.” Cradle of Filth’s musical style evolved originally from black metal to a cleaner and more “produced” amalgam of gothic metal, symphonic metal and other metal genres. Their lyrical themes and imagery are heavily influenced by Gothic literature, poetry, mythology and horror films.