‘Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids’ (and irony): The covert social satire of Cradle of Filth

Alexander Hay

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    Abstract

    Cradle of Filth has certainly received considerable commercial and critical success, but one area neglected by commentators is the essentially satirical and ironic tone underpinning their work. Indeed, there are obvious parallels between the band’s music, lyrics and public image and elements of extreme satire, from the Roman period, with its combination of physical disgust and horror, to the studied brutality of modern British satirical cartoons. The conclusion is that the band is both more subversive and politically aware than may have been realized by many, including its fans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-134
    JournalMetal Music Studies
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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